In my previous life, I tutored and taught in Providence at various middle and high schools as part of my Master’s program. Since I was involved in several school systems, I was in the unique position of being both a student and a teacher concurrently. Like many folks, I juggled dozens of contacts all linked to each other in various ways.
It would have been so useful to have those contacts linked to each other in one place: school systems linked to teachers; professors linked to universities, host teachers, research foundations, school systems, and to the job applications I used them as references on; my students and tutees linked to their other teachers, other students, and their parents; school administrators linked to districts and school board members; parents linked to committees and their children; coaches linked to students. You get the idea; it’s limitless.
Given the amount of customization possible within BatchBook, there’s endless possibilities for improving organization. In the classroom, I could have attached my students’ parent-teacher conference notes as communications so they would be easily accessible from student contact detail pages; I’d have similarly logged random calls to parents or foster homes or meetings with the schools’ social workers as communications; I’d have kept track of outstanding homework assignments, and I’d have saved major documents as attachments to students’ detail pages.
BatchBook could be a great organizational tool for students as well. One local school where I assisted doesn’t run traditional classrooms. Rather, they encourage students to take charge of their own education by following their interests out into the community, for real-life, hands-on experience. These students are exceptionally resourceful and well-connected, and they have daily computer access. Self-motivated learners like this are actively participating in their communities, learning from mentors, peers, professionals, and educators; they’re making connections galore!
It’s one thing to be told that “everything is connected,” but it’s another to identify those connections yourself and then be able to organize and access them in a way that makes sense to you. BatchBook can help students organize and link their constantly-morphing information and contact web, allowing them to define and build relationships between contacts.
I’d like to encourage students and teachers alike to give Baby Blue, our free plan, a whirl. And definitely let me know if you need ideas or assistance organizing your information; I’m always happy to help!