Time Management & Web 2.0
Making Web 2.0 Work for YOU!
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Google Calendar, Google Mail and Tasks
- Combining your calendar, mail and the ability to create tasks in both gives you a powerful tool for staying organized and maximizing productivity.
- You can layer multiple calendars to see what you have coming up and also what other's have on their schedule. This is great for team teachers, departments, campuses, sports, etc.
- You can create a task list in your calendar (click on Tasks in left column) or add a task directly from an email in your Google Mail account (click on More > add to tasks).
Google Chrome Extensions
Google Chrome will definitely be your preferred browser if you are moving to or already using Google Apps for Education, but also because Chrome offers many productivity apps and extensions to help you save time.
- goo.gl - URL shortner
- Last Pass - online password manager
- Nanny - allows you to block certain URLs at certain times during the day
- StayFocusd - restricts how much time you can spend on one website
- Evernote - capture, file, and access notes, pictures, URLs anytime anywhere
- Yellow Highlighter Pen for Web (marker.to) - highlight and share webpages
Click here for instructions on how to sign up for Remind 101!
How it works:
- Sign up for a FREE account
- Add a class (give it a name)
- Have your students (or parents) send a text message from their phone to the number indicated by Remind 101 and include the designated code in the message
- Once your students/parents have subscribed, you can securely send them text updates without sharing your cell phone number (or them sharing theirs!)
- You can even schedule texts to go out at a certain time/date!
Take your meetings to the cloud!
We don't always have time during our busy day for face-to-face meetings with colleagues, students, or even parents. Here are some online tools and services that allow you to meet digitally when in-person just isn't an option...
- Skype - free web conferencing & phone calls, even have Skype in the Classroom page
- Google+ Hangout - chat with up to 9 other people, screenshare and "fun stuff"
- Twiddla - no sign-up required, collaborate on webpage or document or whiteboard
Looking for some more ideas? Check out this list of 50 Free Collaboration Tools for Education!