Showing posts with label Personal organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal organization. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

MyHomework Student Planner


MyHomework is a digital student planner which can be used on virtually any device. There is a paid version of the app that is available for $5 per year, but the free, ad supported version allows students to do quite a bit. Students can track individual assignments, track classes, and receive due date reminders. If teachers are using the teacher version of the app called teachers.io, students will be able to join those classes to view assignments and announcements.

Applications for Education
Most students could benefit from extra help figuring out how to get organized. In addition to classes, students could add extracurricular activities and their work schedule if they have a job. This app is an easy way to help busy students stay on top of their work.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Remind Post - Automatically Send Task Reminders

Remind Post is a simple, free service for sending task reminders to anyone you choose including yourself. Here's how Remind Post works; enter the email address of the person who needs a reminder, enter the task he or she needs to do, select a completion date, then enter your email address. Remind Post sends a reminder on your behalf to the recipient who will confirm completion of the task. If the recipient doesn't confirm completion by the due, Remind Post will send reminders until the task is completed.

Applications for Education
Remind Post could be a handy little tool for teachers or for parents to send reminders to students. Remind Post only allows you to input one email recipient at a time so it would be time-consuming to enter a whole class roster into Remind Post. The service is probably better suited to parents looking for a way to send reminders to their children to get homework or other tasks done.

For other resources that can help students complete assignments on time see Seven Organization Tools for Students.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lino It - Collaborative, Multimedia Sticky Notes

Lino It is a free service that allows you to create a canvas of online multimedia sticky notes. In addition to basic text, the sticky notes you place on your canvas can contain videos, images, and file attachments. Unlike some similar sticky note services, Lino It allows you to alter the size and color of your fonts. You can use Lino It's built-in calendar tool to set due dates on your sticky notes.

To use Lino It, you have to register for an account. Once you've registered you can create as many sticky note canvases as you like. You can make your canvases and notes public or private. If you choose to make a canvas public other users can add sticky notes to it and read all of the notes on it.

Applications for Education
Lino It is very similar to Wall Wisher which I've used a few times this year for brainstorming sessions and to create collages of student-contributed information. Those same things and more could be done with Lino It. Students could use Lino It to brainstorm on collaborative projects then outline tasks necessary to complete those projects. The tasks can be assigned due dates on each sticky note. Attaching files to Lino It stickies allows you and your students to post PDFs or other documents that may not be available online.



Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Building a Video Collage With Wallwisher
Spaaze - Online Sticky Notes and More
Organize and Collaborate with Stixy
Collaborative Sticky Notes

Monday, December 28, 2009

15 Tools To Help Students Get Organized

After the holiday vacation some students will return to school determined to get organized and improve their grades. The following fifteen resources could help those students get a handle on managing their assignment due dates.

Remember the Milk is a free personal organization tool that works online and with mobile phones. Many high school students are carrying cell phones with them so capitalize on that and talk to parents and students about using a cell phone to get organized. Remember the Milk allows students to add assignment due dates to their to-do lists via text, email, or directly on their account homepage. A word of caution, while this services is free, students could incur a lot of charges from text and data communication on their mobile phones so be sure to discuss these options with parents before having students use the text/ data tools.

Macs have made digital sticky notes popular, Postica is trying to make sticky notes even better. Postica is a web-based sticky note service. The collaborative aspect of Postica is that users can share their sticky board with other users to share ideas. Users can send sticky notes to each other and edit each other's sticky notes.

Nexty is a personal planning tool that falls somewhere a basic to-do list creator and a full-fledged project management tool. Nexty offers users the ability to create lists, prioritize lists, and set reminders. Nexty users can create project folders to which they can add to-do lists for completing each project. The settings in Nexty are intuitive and easy to adjust. Getting started with Nexty takes only seconds as you do not have to enter an email address to create an account.

Ta-da List is a simple to-do list creation tool built by 37 Signals. Ta-da List allows to you to create a to-do list in 30 seconds. Just sign-up and start building lists. Your lists will be hosted at a unique url assigned just to you. Direct your browser to that url to check items off of your lists or to create a new list.

By App is a simple task management tool that assigns users their own unique subdomain. Through By App you can create a list of tasks for yourself and organize the list by semantic day (tomorrow, next week) or by date. If your priorities shift, you can reorganize your list with the simple drag and drop interface.

Track Class offers all of the features that we have come to expect in online student organizers. Through Track Class students can keep a schedule of courses, track assignment dates, write and save notes, and maintain a calendar of events. Inside Track Class students can also save files like essays they've written and slideshow presentations they've created.

Soshiku is a free personal planner designed for high school and college students. Soshiku lets students organize their assignments by course, add assignments, and receive text message and or email reminders before each assignment is due. Students can add assignments to their calendars directly on the Soshiku website or via text message. Registering and getting started with Soshiku is quick and the user interface is very intuitive and easy to learn.

Wipee List is a simple list making and to-do list management tool. Here's how Wipee List functions: sign in, click add an item, then type your "to do" item. If an item has immediate priority you can drag it to a "quick reminders" sticky note. When you complete an item drag it to the trash bin. If you're working on a project with someone you can share your list with a specific url assigned to your list.

Deadline is a very simple, yet potentially powerful personal organizer. One feature that really stands out about Deadline is its very user friendly interface. To use Deadline simply sign up with an email account and start using it. When entering task reminders you can time in a day of the week or date in just about any format and Deadline will recognize what you mean. For example, when I entered a reminder for myself to post grades on January 4, Deadline will recognize that as next Monday. Or if I write "post grades on Monday," Deadline will recognize that as January 4.

IzzyToDo is one of simplest and easiest tools for building an online to-do list. IzzyToDo allows you to make multiple lists for multiple objectives. Once you've registered create a "target" or objective and begin adding "items" that you need to do to reach your target. You can try IzzyToDo before registering by using the demo on the homepage.

43 Things is an interesting way to track goals and achievements. 43 Things is not a personal organizer, it's a goal tracker. The service is simple, users enter a list of things that they want to accomplish and other users can "cheer" them on until the goal is reached.

Stixy.com is a organization and collaboration web tool. Stixy, as the name implies, allows you to write notes and stick them to a clipboard. Stixy allows you to share you notes with others and have them respond to your notes. The Stixy clipboard has three other great features, the ability to stick and share documents, stick and share photographs, and create and share a "to do" list on the clipboard and on a calendar.

There are a lot of reminder services and sticky note services available on the Internet. Sticky Screen might be the simplest of them all. Sticky Screen lets you put three short notes on a sticky placed in the center of your screen. Make sticky screen your Internet browser's homepage and your reminders stare you in the face every time you open a window or tab.

Squareleaf is a simple system for creating and managing online sticky notes. To use Squareleaf just register for an account and begin creating notes. Your notes are displayed on an online "whiteboard." On your Squareleaf whiteboard you can arrange your sticky notes in any pattern that you like. The size and color of the sticky notes can also be adjusted.

One last option that shouldn't be overlooked is Google Calendar. Google Calendar allows users to share and collaborate on the creation of a calendar. One way to use Google Calendar is to have students and parents share a calendar. The student can enter his or her assignment due dates and then his or her parents can check the calendar. For teachers there is another option. Teachers can create and publish a calendar that parents can check online for assignment due dates.


Squareleaf - Your Online Sticky Note System

Squareleaf is a simple system for creating and managing online sticky notes. To use Squareleaf just register for an account and begin creating notes. Your notes are displayed on an online "whiteboard." On your Squareleaf whiteboard you can arrange your sticky notes in any pattern that you like. The size and color of the sticky notes can also be adjusted.

Applications for Education
Squareleaf doesn't offer any fancy text alerts or Twitter reminders, but what it does do is offer students a very simple way to write reminders to themselves. Squareleaf could also be a good way for students to diagram stories they're planning to write or to organize the parts of project they need to complete.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Sticky Screen - Your To-do List Homepage
Organize and Collaborate With Stixy
Scriblink - Your Online Collaborative Whiteboard

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ta Da List - Simple To Do List Creation

Ta-da List is a simple to-do list creation tool built by 37 Signals. Ta-da List allows to you to create a to-do list in 30 seconds. Just sign-up and start building lists. Your lists will be hosted at a unique url assigned just to you. Direct your browser to that url to check items off of your lists or to create a new list.

Applications for Education
Ta-da List is a simple service that students can use to keep track of their assignment due dates.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Deadline Helps You Meet Deadlines
Simply Box Helps You Organize Web Research
Soshiku - A Student Planner with Text Reminders

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Conversation With Ken Shelton - DEN Star, ADE, GCT

Ken Shelton has been a part of my PLN for more than a year. We met at NECC 2009 and had some great conversations about PLNs, teaching, and the role of technology in education. Ken is a DEN Star educator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Google Certified Teacher. In this video Ken explains how teachers can go about becoming a DEN Star, an ADE, or a GCT. What I think we can all learn from Ken is that if you're interested in furthering your professional learning, there are many great opportunities out there that you can advantage of.

I had some trouble recording both of our faces on the screen and there was an occasional lag between Ken's voice and face. The important part is what he says, not the visual quality.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Deadline Helps You Meet Deadlines

Deadline is a very simple, yet potentially powerful personal organizer. One feature that really stands out about Deadline is its very user friendly interface. To use Deadline simply sign up with an email account and start using it. When entering task reminders you can time in a day of the week or date in just about any format and Deadline will recognize what you mean. For example, when I entered a reminder for myself to post grades on December 7, Deadline recognized that as this Sunday. When I entered a reminder for myself to return essays on Friday, Deadline recognized that as December 5. Just like any good online personal planner, you can receive email and or mobile reminders of your Deadlines.

Applications for Education
Deadline could be a good personal planner for students as it offers just what students need, reminders, and nothing more. The recognition of multiple date input format is convenient for student as it eliminates the possible frustration with other services that may arise from formatting requirements.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Soshiku - A Student Planner with Text Reminders

Soshiku is a free personal planner designed for high school and college students. Soshiku lets students organize their assignments by course, add assignments, and receive text message and or email reminders before each assignment is due. Students can add assignments to their calendars directly on the Soshiku website or via text message. Registering and getting started with Soshiku is quick and the user interface is very intuitive and easy to learn.

Applications for Education
Soshiku is a good program for students to manage their assignment due dates. The options for assignment reminders can be received via email or text days or weeks before each assignment is due. Soshiku will be good for high school students, but it probably requires a little too much self-discipline for middle school students.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Free Personal Organization Tools

In my five years of teaching high school freshmen (I teach juniors and seniors now) the most common theme of the conversations I had with students and parents struggling in their transition to high school was personal organization. I'm not revealing a secret by saying that a common reason why students struggle to adjust to high school is that for many students it is the first time that they really have to manage the due dates of their assignments and commitments.

In the past a common "solution" would be to have the student carry an assignment notebook which he or she would show to his or her teacher and his or her parents. No longer is that only solution. Today's students and parents have a myriad of free online tools to track assignment due dates and other academically significant dates.

Two easy-to-use online calendars are Google Calendar and Zoho Planner. Both of these tools allow users to share and collaborate on the creation of a calendar. One way to use Google Calendar and Zoho Planner is to have students and parents share a calendar. The student can enter his or her assignment due dates and then his or her parents can check the calendar. For teachers there is another option. Teachers can create and publish a calendar that parents can check online for assignment due dates.

Remember the Milk and Reqall are free personal organization tools that work online and with mobile phones. Many high school students are carrying cell phones with them so capitalize on that and talk to parents and students about using a cell phone to get organized. Both services give users the option to have reminders emailed or text messaged to them. Using either Remember the Milk or Reqall students can add assignment due dates to their to-do lists via text, email, or directly on their account homepage. A word of caution, while these services are free students could incur a lot of charges from text and data communication on their mobile phones so be sure to discuss these options with parents before having students use the text/ data tools.

Here is a short video introduction to Reqall.


Finally, 43 Things is an interesting way to track goals and achievements. 43 Things is not a personal organizer, it's really a goal tracker. The service is simple, users enter a list of things that they want to accomplish and other users can "cheer" them on until the goal is reached. 43 Things might be an interesting way for parents to cheer and encourage students to complete long-term assignments or other goals like making an athletics teams or completing an independent study.

Do you have a favorite personal organization tool that students and teachers should know about? If so, please leave a comment.