Showing posts with label Student organizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Student organizers. 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.

Monday, March 2, 2015

MyStudyLife a Student Planner for All Platforms - Updated for Better Scheduling

In January I wrote a short review of the student planner service MyStudyLife after I met with their lead developer at BETT 2015. There he gave me a preview of some features that they have now made live for all users.

MyStudyLife now supports rotation or block school scheduling. Now when you create a calendar in MyStudyLife you can set a class rotation that will automatically be applied to your calendar and account for holidays and other days on which classes aren't held. Click here to view screenshots of these features and read MyStudyLife's description of how the scheduling feature works.

My Study Life allows students to organize tasks according to their course schedules. When students start using the app they have to enter their courses. After entering their courses into My Study Life students can start to enter tasks into each course. Each task is assigned a due date. Students' My Study Life homepage shows them the tasks that have due dates approaching.

MyStudyLife is available to use in your web browser, as an Android app, as an iPad app, and as a Windows 8 app.

Applications for Education
Whether or not a planner helps a student is usually determined by whether or not the student gets in the habit of using it. My Study Life could be an excellent service for students to get into the habit of using to keep track of their assignments.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My Study Life - A Student Planner On the Web and Windows 8

There are plenty of online, Android, and iOS planners for students. So far there aren't many that have been built with Windows 8 in mind. My Study Life is an exception to that pattern. My Study Life is a free student planner available online and as a Windows 8 app.

My Study Life allows students to organize tasks according to their course schedules. When students start using the app they have to enter their courses. After entering their courses into My Study Life students can start to enter tasks into each course. Each task is assigned a due date. Students' My Study Life homepage shows them the tasks that have due dates approaching.

Applications for Education
Whether or not a planner helps a student is usually determined by whether or not the student gets in the habit of using it. My Study Life could be an excellent service for students to get into the habit of using to keep track of their assignments.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pegby - A Free Task Management Tool for Teachers and Students

Since I started writing this blog almost four years ago I have reviewed dozens of task management tools and personal organizers. So last June when I discovered Pegby I didn't give it a whole lot of attention at first. Then I as I explored it more and more I found that it really was a quality product and not just your run-of-the-mill to-do list service. Pegby is easy to use yet has some very handy and powerful features lying beneath its surface. Now all of Pegby is available for free to all teachers and students. To use the service for free just register here with your .edu or .k12 email address.

Pegby is set up like a corkboard with index cards stuck to it. The corkboard has three columns to place your index cards on. A column for things to do, a column for things in progress, and a column for things that are done. Each of index card can be assigned to a person, can have files attached to it, and can have due dates assigned to it. You can use Pegby as an individual or you can share your corkboard with others. Watch the video below to learn about Pegby.


Pegby in Two Minutes from Pegby on Vimeo.

Give Pegby a try, I think you'll like it.

Full disclosure: I did advise the Pegby team on how to offer their service to educators, but I was not in any way paid or compensated for that thirty minutes of my time.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thought Boxes - Organize Your Thoughts

Thought Boxes is a task management service with a hint of mind mapping in its user interface. At its most basic Thought Boxes is a place to create to-do lists. You can organize your to-do lists into groups that Thought Boxes refers to as "trains." Your lists can include basic text notes as well as links to other sites. The "trains" you create in Thought Boxes are basically categories for your to-do lists. For example, in the screenshot below you will see that I created a train for tasks related to my teaching responsibilities.

You can rearrange the boxes in each of your trains in your Thought Boxes account by just dragging and dropping them into place. Your Thought Boxes can be made public or kept private.

Applications for Education
Thought Boxes could be useful for managing to-do lists associated with academic projects. Students could also use Thought Boxes to organize all parts of their academic lives. They could create a "train" of to-do lists for their classes, a "train" for extracurricular clubs, and a "train" for responsibilities at home.

Thought Boxes doesn't have to be used for to-do lists. Students could use Thought Boxes to create an outline for essays they're writing or a video they're producing. Being able to drag and drop boxes into a sequence makes it easier for students to quickly rearrange their thoughts to fit the needs of their outlines. 

Thanks to David Kapuler for the info about Thought Boxes.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

42 Tasks - A Free Task Management Tool

42 Tasks is a new, free, online task management tool. The appeal of 42 Tasks is the simple user interface that it features. After you have registered for an account on 42 Tasks, adding tasks to your calendar is a very simple process. To add tasks just type them into the blank description line in your dashboard then select a date from the calendar. Tasks are automatically arranged in chronological order. You can also place tasks within task categories that you've created.

42 Tasks doesn't currently offer group task management, but according to their homepage that is a feature they're working on adding.

Applications for Education
There is no shortage of online task management tools on the web (here's seven others I like). But even the best task management tools are worthless if students don't use them. For that reason, I like to provide students with a number of options to try because the user interface of one task management tool might appeal to one student while not be appealing at all to another student.

Friday, August 27, 2010

7 Organization Tools for Students

The beginning of the school year is when many students (and some teachers) make the resolution to improve their organization skills. The web is full for tools that can help people organize and keep track of the important things that they need to get done. Here are seven tools that might help your students in their quests to keep track of the things they need to get done this year. The first two services in the list have mobile apps that students can use too.

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.

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.

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 such as essays they've written and slideshow presentations they've created.

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.

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-off items on your lists or to create a new list.

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.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Listhings - Your Sticky Notes on the Web

Listhings is a fairly new web-based sticky note service. Like other services in its market, Listhings provides user with an online space to write notes, store notes, and sort notes. Listhings also gives users the option to share their sticky noteboards with others via email invitation. The one thing that makes Listhings different from some of its competitors is that users can create more than one page of notes in the same account. Listhings users can choose to share one sticky noteboard while keeping another sticky noteboard private.

As you might expect from a service like this, Listhings allows users to edit the colors of their notes. Users can also arrange notes on their noteboards using the simple drag and drop functionality.
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Applications for Education
Listhings could be a good personal organization tool as well as a collaborative organization tool for students. A group of student working on a project could use Listhings to create a schedule of tasks. Similarly, students could use Listhings as a place to share ideas from a brainstorming session.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Organize and Collaborate with Stixy
Collaborative Sticky Notes
Sticky Screen - Your To-Do List Homepage

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nexty - A Simple Personal Planner

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.













Applications for Education
If you have students that are need of some organizational help, Nexty might be the tool for them. It's free and easy to use.

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

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

Monday, September 7, 2009

By App - A Simple Task Management Tool

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. By App is advertising a multiple user capacity, but it didn't seem to be functioning when I tried it.

Applications for Education
A lot of students struggle to organize and prioritize deadlines. By App is one tool that could help students organize and prioritize deadlines. You could also make your By App list public and link it to your classroom blog for students to check for approaching deadlines.

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

Monday, August 31, 2009

43 Things - Goal Setting and Progress Tracking

I've written about 43 Things in the past, but as school starts again I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit it. 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.

Applications for Education
43 Things might be an interesting way for parents to cheer and encourage their students to complete long-term assignments or other goals like making an athletics team or completing an independent study.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Track Class - Assignment Tracking for Students
Deadline Helps You Meet Deadlines
IzzyToDo - Easy To Do List Builder

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

IzzyTodo - Easy To Do List Builder

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.

Applications for Education
IzzyToDo is a simple tool that students can use to set goals and record their progress toward those goals. Breaking large objectives into smaller steps is a good strategy for some students who feel overwhelmed by large projects. IzzyToDo's design is ideal for those students.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Track Class - Assignment Tracking for Students
Sticky Screen - Your To-Do List Homepage

Friday, March 13, 2009

Scratch ForceDo from the List

Last night I wrote about ForceDo as possibility for a student planner/ organizer. Unfortunately, I need to remove ForceDo from the list because of some content that it is on the homepage/ introduction page.

Here are three alternative student planner/ organizer tools that I have never heard anything negative about.
Track Class
Deadline
Soshiku

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Track Class - Assignment Tracking for Students

Track Class is a relatively new entry into the online student organizer category of free educational resources. 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. One feature that Track Class doesn't appear to offer is a text reminder service like that found on Soshiku.

Applications for Education
Track Class could be a good tool for middle school and high school students looking for an online planner. There are a number of services on the market that aim to help students organize their academic lives. Different organization services may work better for some students than others so it's worth showing students a variety of online planners.

Here are a few other planning tools that students can try:
Soshiku
Sticky Screen
Deadline
Wipee List
Wiggio

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sticky Screen - Your To-Do List Homepage

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.


Applications for Education
Reminder services don't get any simpler than Sticky Screen. If getting on the Internet is a daily occurrence in your classroom, consider making Sticky Screen your students' homepage. Students can then quickly check their to-do list and update it accordingly.

Here are some other reminder and sticky services you might want to consider if Sticky Screen is too basic for your needs.
Postica
Stixy

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.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wipee List - A Simple To Do List Manager

Wipee List is a simple list making and to-do list management tool. I took Wipee List for a test drive this evening and found it to be one of the easiest to use websites of its kind. 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. (See my sample list here).

Applications for Education
Wipee List is a simple tool that could help students keep track of the assignments they need to complete. Wipee List doesn't have all of the "bell and whistles" of some other organization tools, but that might be a benefit in some situations. For a student that is easily distracted by too many options on website, Wipee List could be the organization tool he or she needs.

If Wipee List is too basic for you or your students, give Soshiku a look.