Productivity Apps for Teachers
We take our smartphones everywhere we go, and with their powerful processors and connectivity, they can be indispensable as personal assistants. If you’re aiming to be more productive, adding some apps to your mobile device can be a step in the right direction. Here are my favorite productivity apps for teachers that you can install now on your iOS or Android device.
Pocket is a great tools when you are searching something on the Internet but you want to check an article to view it later. If something exist on the web, you can save it later using Pocket. I have been using it for years.
Evernote lets you:
- Capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Your best ideas are always with you.and always in sync.
- Organize your work and declutter your life. Collect everything that matters in one place and find it when you need it, fast.
- Enhance your notes with links, checklists, tables, attachments, and audio recordings. Even handwritten notes are searchable.
With intuitive features and unlimited storage, quickly create groups, assign homework, schedule quizzes, manage progress, and more. With everything on one platform, Edmodo reinforces and enhances what you’re already doing in the classroom.
Wunderlist is a simple to-do list and task manager app that helps you get stuff done. Wunderlist makes it easy to capture, share and complete your to-dos. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your to-dos from anywhere.
Many teachers have lots of accounts because they have to go to the web to get resources for their teaching. Sometimes teachers use the same password in every new account they create and that’s not safe. here it is the solution to that! Install Avast Password on phone and let avast remember the passwords for you.
If you are using Android and You have whatsapp groups that never stop sending messages, you have to install Greenify, It puts your app on Hibernation and you won’t even receive notification. Messaging apps are a blessing and a curse, Put them to sleep right now so you can relax.
Best Free Cloud Apps for Teachers
Are you in Facebook groups? I am and one of the major problems teachers have is losing the data because some computer malfunction or because somebody “borrowed” it and never brought it back.
Sometimes they lose important personal things like family pictures, some movies and thousands of files necessary for their teaching.
When that happens, there is always a good samaritan who is willing to help that teacher by sending that teacher some of her/his materials but let’s be honest
What can replace those files that you created and that were suited for your teaching?
and even a most important question:
Would you like to lose your hard work and efforts of all these years?
If you answered “No” to the last question, I want to introduce some good friends of mine that keep your files safe and accessible everywhere ( as long as you have an internet connection)
It is common to hear educators saying that their laptop got stolen or that their PC fails to start so they don’t have access to files, worksheets, books, PDF documents that they have used for years. If you don’t want to go through that in your life, you should start using dropbox. When you upload something to the Dropbox, it will be in the Cloud and you won’t have to worry about losing your data anymore.
Box: This is my second best option because Box gives you 10 Gigabytes right off the bat, you don’t have to do anything to get them and you can check your files on your computer smartphone and browser. If you want to save your teaching materials and if those materials are mostly documents. 10 Gigabytes are more than enough.
Mega: This cloud service gives you free 50 Gigabytes, Mega is the cloud service that I use to store all those free books I have downloaded over the past six years, I still have plenty of space for quite a few more books. I can trust my books to Mega but personally, I would upload to Mega nothing personal like family photos, videos and personal documents.
Drive from Google
Drive: If you have heard of Google or Gmail, You already might know what Google Drive is, for me Google Drive means 15 Gigabytes for all your documents. Not too shabby!
One Drive from Microsoft
OneDrive: If you have a outlook account, you have onedrive and you just didn’t know that, let’s get straigh to the point, OneDrive means Free 5 Gigabytes of space for all of those lesson plans and the rest of your cool teaching stuff.
Well if you are still undecided about which one to use, use them all, it is plain and simple, each one of those cloud services has a desktop sync service, that means that you install the app in your computer and you can synchronize the files so you can have access to them in your cellphone, other personal computers or through your web browser.
Come on, do the math, if you combine them all, you will have 100 Gigabytes of Cloud territory for all those documents you don’t wanna lose.