Productivity apps for teachers

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We now have a few new “iPad Teachers” at our school. Since they were so excited and ready to get busy with their new teaching/productivity tool, I quickly typed up a list of my most used apps for daily productivity to share with each of them. Last June when I purchased my first iPad I slowly discovered all the ways it could help me be more organized, have information at any time and place I needed, and be an excellent teaching tool for planning, assessment, and student interactions. After reviewing my list, if any of you have a favorite I have not discovered, please share. I have put many, many, many apps to the test and there are thousands I have not tested.Great list of apps – I will certainly add to my school division lists found at http://psdtechpd.wikispaces.com. I have app lists for early years, middle years, high school students and admin for iDevices. I also have started a Blackberry App list recently.eclicker is a great data tracking app! I am assuming you are looking for upper grades? I have an app out MyIphonicsCVC that teaches students to read using a phonetic based approach. But for upper grades I REALLY recommend eclicker!! Also.. are you using evernote? I’ll keep thinking of some more.eclicker is a great data tracking app! I am assuming you are looking for upper grades? I have an app out MyIphonicsCVC that teaches students to read using a phonetic based approach. But for upper grades I REALLY recommend eclicker!! Also.. are you using evernote? I’ll keep thinking of some more.Being productive and getting things done both rely on planning and being organized. But with the hustle and bustle of courses, it’s sometimes easy to forget what you have to do and when. So here are 25 Web 2.0 applications (mostly free) that should help you on your quest as a student or professor in being productive.
The idea is that these applications will in some way increase productivity and/or reduce time taken for specific tasks. Thus, some companies are more heavily represented because their products are designed for productivity.

1.Engrade is a suite of tools that acts as a gradebook for courses, as well as a communication vehicle. It seems aimed at the grade school level of courses as it allows parents to participate. However college students and professors could benefit. Grades and scores can be weighted and listed by letter or number. Administrators can oversee educators’ classes.
Students: Check grades, atttendance and homework.
Professors: Publish grades, attendance, homework assignments. E-mail weekly progress reports to students.

2.Chalksite handles some of the administrative tasks of courses, such as managing grades and assignments, and communicating with students.
Students: View class assignments, your grades, or discuss homework problems.
Professors: Set up workspaces for each class you teach. Add your students to the list and invite them automatically by e-mail. Post assignments, attendance, and grades. Assignments can have files attached that students can view. Chalksite also has messaging one-on-one or by group, as well as discussions similar to Web site commenting. Educators can also connect with parents and create teacher Web pages.

3.Schoopy is a classroom organizer application that also allows school Web pages to be created. It’s aimed more at public schools than colleges, though it can still be of use. Parents can register and access the appropriate Schoopy account for a school, as well as participate in discussions. It’s similar in spirit to Chalksite but also allows the creation of online communities and the designation of users as leaders or participants.

4.The name Gradefix is misleading. It’s not a way to hack into an educator’s grade database. Instead, it’s a homework management system that allow students to easily schedule homework around classes and other tasks. Gradefix is designed to help procrastinators — sort of like project management for students.

5.CollegeRuled is primarily for students, allowing them to create their class schedules, participate in discussions on class message boards, and link to schedules from Facebook. Students can also manage tasks for each class, to keep track of notes and assignment due dates.

The wordle made from the tags and bookmarks shared in this post. Wordles are a phenomenal productivity tool and I’m starting to have students put them on the front of longer documents to help me scan and preread.
I collect productivity books, tips, and ideas. Going through my bookmarks on Diigo, I realized I had some great stuff in here that I still use and ponder. In this “best of” post, I’m sharing some of the best productivity tips, tricks, and apps for those of you who are trying to get the most out of every moment.

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