15 Essential Apps for the Organized Teacher

After the general list of the previous post, here’s a list targeted specifically for teachers who want to be better organized (and that’s really all of us isn’t it?)

Here’s a list of the suggested apps.  For links to the various versions of them, be sure to visit the Te@chThought link above:

  1. SimplyCircle – Group Communication
  2. Google Drive
  3. YouTube
  4. Evernote Scannable
  5. Dropbox
  6. Paperless Assignments with Dropbox or Google Drive
  7. Pocket
  8. Newsify
  9. Allcal – Social planning app
  10. Remind: Safe Classroom
  11. Microsoft One Note
  12. TeacherKit
  13. Seesaw: The Learning Journal
  14. Nearpod
  15. Socrative Teacher
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11 Tools for Productive People

If you’re a teacher (anywhere but NY and other places where school starts after Labor Day) you’re already in your third or fourth week of school.  How are you doing with the basics – time management, productivity, motivation and overall well-being.

If you’re finding that it’s time to try a new app or two to aid you in the above basics, check out this post from the always interesting & useful Lifehack  The suggested apps, along with links to the various versions, are:

  1. Todoist
  2. Sunrise Calendar
  3. Evernote
  4. Podcasts on iTunes
  5. Sleep Cycle app
  6. Flashsticks
  7. Google Photos
  8. Google Inbox
  9. Rescue Time
  10. Todoed
  11. Swipes App

 

 

A Website to Know: Google URL Shortener

A little site with a big purpose, the Google URL Shortener is A Website to Know.

Copy a long, cumbersome URL from a Drive file, Google Photo, or YouTube Video that you want to share, paste it in the box for the URL Shortener, verify you’re not a robot, and then copy and use a briefly friendly URL to share with others.

A little site goes a long way!

50 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers

And the last link that I wanted to share this evening.

Although I’ve been a fan of Chrome for a while, I’m only learning now about the power of extensions for my browser of choice.

This link from the always excellent Te@chThought offers a video overview of the functionality of Chrome extensions as well as a list of useful ones to consider adding to your browser.  Do take their warning that downloading and activating too many of them will slow down your browsing.

And in case you missed it, here’s the link to the article on extensions that will make your “New Tab” pages far more interesting and functional.

To Do List Recommendations – HabitRPG Video Overview

It’s a new calendar year and time to get more organized.

In case you’re not yet using an app to organize your tasks (or if you’re looking to make a change), here’s a very recent review of the best apps for this job.

I’ve previously used two listed at the link above.  Any.do is free, simple, clean and extremely easy to use.  It integrates with a calendar app offered by the same designer.  Rewards are given as a certain number of tasks are completed.  These “rewards,” while occasionally useful, are essentially coupons for products from the sponsors of the app.  It’s advertising, albeit in a limited, backdoor way.

Wunderlist seems to be the “gold standard” of the free To Do list apps.  It has many options, calendar integration, robust “unlockable” paid functionality and more.  Additionally, it appears to have numerous professional, collaborative features.

I like my To Do list to be a platform from which I feel rewarded as I make progress through my tasks.  It helps me to be more organized and productive if there’s a sense of fun and levity as well.

While I’ve used both Any.do and Wunderlist, my daily choice for the last few months has been HabitRPG.

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I’ve placed my comments on it as well as a guided tour of it within this video that I hope you’ll view.

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Enjoy and best wishes for your own productivity in 2015!

 

50 Resources for Teaching with iPads

Another site which offers a list of suggestions of apps for teachers to use with iPads.

50 Resources for Teaching with iPads

This graphic alone makes this site worth visiting.  I like how it shows how key apps can be used with the triad of educational stakeholders – teachers, students, and parents.

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