I have an enormous amount of bookmarks on my computer. I’ve taught fifth grade, sixth grade, eighth grade in my time here and multiple subject areas at that. I’ve got things in many categories, but there’s just so much stuff!
So, I decided to start going through these, just to weed out sites that were out of date, sites I didn’t teach, or sites that were no longer in existence.
NOTE: I came across this saved page from Reddit, from the comic, Calvin and Hobbes, which I had saved a long time ago. It’s about Calvin as an older man, knowing he’s about to pass on, having his final conversation with Hobbes. It’s been a rough week for me and I tend to keep everything inside. Wow, did flood gates open. Do not read until you have tissues handy.
Oh, I know and I’m ok with this too. But, this is one of the sites I saved using the Google Chrome extension OneTab. Don’t get me wrong, I love OneTab. I am that guy who has 32 tabs open RIGHT NOW, so my computer gets all laggy and the battery dies and no one is happy! And along comes OneTab, that allows me to take a window full of tabs, condense them down to title and weblink, and boom, computer is running much better!
This is all well and good until you start collecting OneTab links. What is this? The extension has the ability to your page full of tabs and condense them, THEN, you can export the whole thing as a link. Good grief.
As I stated above, I have links from my time in 5th grade, 8th grade, and now 6th grade. I’ve found links relating back to math, science, social studies, literacy, writing, basketball, and social emotional learning (before SEL was cool)! There are blogs that haven’t been updated in years, broken links, and links that I’m sad they are gone because they served a purpose a long time ago.
Hush. I will say this, the thrill of deleting link after link is both a blessing and curse. I’ve got so many resources that they need to be culled, no doubt. I always hate doing it because of the “what if” factor. I’m to the point where I expect to be moved each year because it’s happened so much in the past few years. I am a tab hoarder, so why would I delete things if I’m going to be teaching them again?
One of the positives of being a hoarder, I can share things, a lot of things, with other teachers and educators. Much of my collection comes from Twitter, the ultimate sharing platform. Back in the day (5 years ago 🙄), Twitter chats were all the rage and inside of those chats, so many resources were shared. Many of those were tucked into folders, then OneTab, then chaos! 🙂
So, if you are OneTab user, do you save many links? Do you export them out so you don’t lose them?
And if you aren’t a hoarder, how do you even function??
February 1, 2022 at 1:19 pm
I am not One Tab user and it might be good for me not be one. It is so much easier to collect things and so much harder to declutter digitally. Kudos to you for taking on the digital cleaning task.
February 1, 2022 at 1:28 pm
You are not wrong! The mess I have will take time to dig through, It will be good work, but good grief, so much stuff!
Then again, my wife gets mad because my mind is just a cluttered! 🙂
February 1, 2022 at 5:11 pm
Love one tab though I haven’t made the links into tabs. LOL. As for cleaning out, I rather clean out saved tabs than the three boxes of papers I keep ignoring in my basement #fortyyearsisalongtime
February 1, 2022 at 5:50 pm
I’ve never heard of OneTab and should probably investigate. I use Padlet to curate collections of weblinks instead of bookmarking them. Then during our online learning I started to make Sway or Powerpoint presentations to send home to people. I realized both are actually great lesson plan platforms for science or social studies units. I can save photos, video links, my own plans, and can create the printables I want to use right in the same document!
February 1, 2022 at 10:47 pm
Uh-oh. I think I’m going to regret having just learned about One Tab! 🙂
February 3, 2022 at 12:47 am
“And if you aren’t a hoarder, how do you even function??” 😂