Monday, June 4, 2012

Any.DO - Collaborative Task Management for Everyone

Any.DO is a slick collaborative task management tool that launched on Android last fall. It's probably the slickest task management tool that I've tried on Android. This weekend Any.DO launched iOS and Chrome apps.

Any.DO is designed for creating to-do lists and sharing them with your friends and colleagues. On Any.DO you can type out a list of tasks or enter tasks by speaking into your phone. Once you've entered your task you can assign it to a day and time for completion. After assigning a completion deadline you can share that task with anyone in your contacts list even that person doesn't have the Any.DO app installed on his or her phone.

Any.DO also gives you the option to attach notes to your tasks, set reminders for your tasks, and put notes into folders that you've created. For example, if I have notes of a personal nature like my grocery shopping list I can put that list into my "personal" folder instead of my "work" folder.

Applications for Education
Any.DO could be a great app for students to use to keep track of assignments and due dates. I like the option for adding notes through voice messages instead of typing them out. One of the impediments to some students' successful use of task management tools is taking the time to write down the tasks they need to do. By using the voice recorder that impediment is removed.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

93 Android Apps for Teachers to Try This Summer

Cross-posted from my other blog,

In my part of the world many school years won't start again until the day after Labor Day. As I write this, Wolfram Alpha tells me that day is 93 days away. Therefore, I decided to select 93 apps that teachers may be interested in trying this summer. I divided the list into sections for pre-K, elementary school, middle school, high school, and apps for all. Some of the apps could have been put into one than more category so even if you teach middle school you'll want to look at the elementary school and high school categories for apps that your students could probably use too.

Soshiku - A Good Tool for Assignment Management

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. Soshiku has been optimized to run on iPads and Android tablets too.

Applications for Education
Soshiku is a good service 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.

Apply Now for the NYC Google Teacher Academy

I am frequently asked about how to become a Google Certified Teacher. To become a Google Certified Teacher (different than a Google Apps Certified Trainer) you need to attend a Google Teacher Academy. The next Google Teacher Academy has been announced. The next GTA will take place October 3-4 in New York City. Click here to read more about GTA and the application process and click here for the application itself. Applications are due by July 29. Click here to read my advice for applicants.

If attending the Google Teacher Academy is not an option for you, you might want to consider attending a Google Apps Summit. I'm part of the planning committee for the Maine Google Apps Summit (open to anyone who wants to come). Click here for a list of other Google Apps Summits happening this summer and fall.

A Nice Guide to iPad App Evaluation

There are plenty of places to find reviews of iPad apps, but how do you decide which ones are right for you and your students? Silvia Tolisano has some suggestions for you. Silvia recently published a nice guide for evaluating iPad apps. The guide walks you through six themes of the selection process before concluding with a checklist that you can use when it is time to choose apps for your classroom. Click here to read Silvia's full description of the guide. Click here to download the guide as a PDF.

iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom