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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Taskade - A Feature-packed Task Management Tool

Taskade is a task management tool for individuals and teams. Like many task management tools you can create lists, share those lists, and check-off items when they're completed. You can do that with Google Keep, OneNote, and a host of other task management tools. What makes Taskade different is the list of additional features that can be utilized in the app and on the Taskade website.

When you create a list in Taskade you can set a deadline for each item within the list. Files can be attached to each item in the list. And you can write comments on each item in the list. If you invite others to view a list, they can comment on list items too.

Taskade users who are working in teams might enjoy the options to be notified whenever a team member updates a list. There is also an integrated text, voice, and video chat that you can use to communicate with team members about list items.

Applications for Education
Taskade is in a crowded market that is dominated by some legacy companies. That said, if you're not married to the Google, Microsoft, or Apple ecosystems or you are looking for a different service for keeping track of tasks, Taskade does offer a nice product. It might have too many features for younger students, but older students who are working on long-term team projects could certainly benefit from using a tool like Taskade to manage completion of those projects.

How to Create a Survey in Microsoft Forms & Sort Results in Excel

Microsoft Forms is an excellent tool for creating online quizzes and surveys. You can use it to create multimedia quizzes like the one that I demonstrated here. You can also use it to create anonymous surveys. That's what I demonstrate in the new video that I created on this snowy morning in Maine. The following video demonstrates how to create a survey in Microsoft Forms and how to sort the results of the survey in Excel.


Going to BETT? Don't Miss TeachMeet BETT

One of my favorite events of the year is the TeachMeet that happens at the BETT Show. A TeachMeet is a gathering of educators who give micro (7 minutes) and nano (2 minutes) presentations on work that they have actually done in classrooms. I enjoy this format because a lot of people get to speak and because it avoids the product pitches that sometimes sneak their way into "demo slams." There is time for connecting with other educators during a TeachMeet too.

The last handful of years the TeachMeet at BETT happened in a space within Excel London. This year it's happening at a restaurant/ bar just outside of the expo building. My guess is that space will be a bit limited compared to previous years. So if you're planning to attend TeachMeet BETT, get your ticket soon (they're free).

Take a look at this short slideshow to learn more about TeachMeet BETT including how you can submit a presentation.

Thanks to Danny Nicholson at The Whiteboard Blog for the information about this year's TeachMeet at BETT.