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Back to School Tip – Label those cords

The Tip:

Are the number of educational technology resources growing in your classroom or home?  Going a little crazy trying to keep all those cords with the right items?  File labels work nicely as a way to identify cords and what they go with.  Besides the obvious organizational perk, labeling the cords are a great way to support a print rich environment.  Numbering the resources show the value of numbers and math everywhere.  I love finding “subliminal”  ways to show numbers are an important part of everyday life.  Children also learn to be responsible by ensuring the proper cords are with the matching resources.

Getting It Done:

  1. Use file folder labels (or other labels that work for your situation).  File label folders work nicely for cords.

  2. Create online at or download the label template to your computer from the manufacturer’s website.

  3. Type the name of the item twice (i.e. “MaKey MaKey cord”) so when folded over, it shows on both sides.  Or,  type the name on one end of the label and the number on the other end, and then fold over.  Word of caution:  when you are using the Avery software, the default is “Edit All,” which means what you type in the first label in the template populates the entire sheet.  Switch to “Edit One” if no two labels will be the same.  If there will be some commonalities with the labels, start with “Edit All,” then switch to “Edit One” to customize each one.  When ready to print, it saves as a PDF.  Print from the PDF created.


The process is a little work up front, but it reduces inventory loss and provides opportunities for working reading, math, responsibility, and organizational skills into your home or learning environment.


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