Journaling and Reflecting On Your Teaching – Make it a least a weekly practice!
While not really a MUSICAL post – this blog is about how I use tech to help in my teaching. Teaching has to be a constant and daily reflection on what has worked or isn’t working in your classroom/rehearsals. Teaching has to be a series of constant improvements, always looking for new techniques and reflecting on your past successes and failures. You NEED a Journal so you can look back at the great times, the little joys and the stories you and your students make every day in class.
I believe that you should have a journal you keep about your personal life in order to keep your mental state of mind solid and in good order. It is also a great joy of mine to be able to look back through some of the “Memoirs” that my father wrote about his family. These memoirs are ways to keep my memory of some of the stories he told while he was still alive. Of course I don’t want to have to make ALL of these memories available to the public on social media!
Of course I’ve never liked keeping my personal journal mixed with my professional teaching journal. With the release of Day One 2 this is no longer an issue!
Day One has been my go to app for the past 4 years to keep track of my personal journal. All those exciting things that happen to me and my family that I really don’t want to loose track of down the road. All those precious memories, trips, funny sayings from the kids, hard times, fun times, sad times and anything else that happens.
The app is well designed, simple and straight forward. I have never lost any data and it has performed flawlessly, keeping my iPhone, iPad and Laptop all in sync with each other. This ability to sync all devices as one is of utmost importance since I never know when I will be inspired to write thoughts down.
I like what their web site says – ”
Day One is a simple way to journal.
It’s easy to quickly enter your thoughts and memories and have them synced and backed up in the cloud.
Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more.”
ON TO THE GOOD STUFF….
The Day One 2 app is being released as a totally new app for iOS as well as Mac OS X as it has been totally rebuilt from the ground up. This has allowed the developers to prepare the road ahead for some great upcoming features coming soon.
This version 2 has two other main headliner features that are improvements over version 1 – Multiple Photos per journal entry and multiple journals.
Both of these features are huge! Only being able to insert one photo into each journal entry has been one of my only gripes when using Day One. It will be very nice to be able to include several photos now – of course I don’t think that a personal journal needs to get turned into a photo album book either!
As a teacher I am very excited that I will now have one less app to open and rely on – the multiple journals gives that ability as I can now keep thoughts from my teaching day in a “professional/teaching” journal and then keep my own journal in the same app. All the while relying on the same security built into this app that I have relied on for the past four years. BUT I do have to mention that now Day One ONLY syncs through their own servers and will no longer sync through iCloud or DropBox. This worries me because I fully trust the security of iCloud. I honestly do not know about the security of Day One and their policies on dealing with intrusions from government, hackers and other such people that may for some reason want to read my journal.
The Editor view for Day One has always been simple and straight forward all the while allowing for some great editing/entry features. Auto entry of things like, location, weather, activity and even the ability to capture what song you are listening to on iTunes are all wonderful time savers! I also appreciate the ability for more detailed markup of your text – want it bold, italic or do you want to make a list? What about HTML? Go for it!
I love the fact that you can add tags into your entries as well. What a great way to look back in your history at all the things you wrote about a particular child, place, emotion or thing like that amazing burger at the joint on spring break!
Speaking of Spring Break… what about all those places you check into on the way to your vacations…. all those photos you take that are geo tagged? When you incorporate that information into your journal you start to really see some pretty neat ways to view your life over the years. Pull up a map and look at all entries from that trip to Florida. Take a quick peek at some photo memories from that trip. The design of Day One 2 will inspire you to use the app more and more. Both as an active writer as well as a way to actively look back at past events.
WORD OF WARNING –
If you are currently a Day One version 1 user – make sure you have your Day One version 1 app backed up on your own personal computer because as of now I see no way to re-download it from iTunes. There are three reasons you may not want to update…
- One is the sync that the developers have totally moved over to their own servers and away from iCloud.
- Two is that in it’s current state there is no Publish Feature in the Version 2. Publish is coming in future updates and is a great method to share some of your journal entries with the rest of the world. but it is NOT available now.
- The last reason you may not want to delete those old versions is that if you don’t have the $ right now to purchase both the iOS and Mac updates you may very well not be able to sync between version 1 and version 2. Of course with the developers offering a 50% discount currently you would be crazy NOT to skip a few morning coffee’s and doughnuts in order to purchase these updates!
ON TO THE PRICE….
The upgrade for Day One 2 will be a paid one. I am appreciative of the fact that there have been numerous updates over the past four+ years – all for free. I appreciate that the developers have put a great deal of time into creating version 2. I also feel like they should get paid for that time and skill! I am not quite sure about the new prices though…
The introduction price is a 50% cute off from the upcoming full price so what you will pay is….
Intro Price of the iOS Version is $4.99 and Full Price will be $9.99 (purchasing the iOS version also gets you the Apple Watch App)
Intro Price of the Mac OS X Version is $19.99 and Full Price will be $39.99
There may be cheaper alternatives to keeping a journal but I have not found a better, more polished and well working solution. I am convinced that Day One 2 is