Productivity Tools for Educators

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. – Thomas A. Edison

Dr. Hofer's Productivity Challenges

  • Notes, notes and more notes -> Evernote
  • File organization, access, and sharing -> Dropbox
  • Keeping up with my reading -> Google Reader and Instapaper
  • Closed collaboration spaces -> Edmodo
  • Sharing resources -> Twitter

What kinds of tasks and organizational efforts do teachers have to attend to?

Inspiration activity - brainstorm all the tasks teachers balance according to the following categories:
  • Organization
  • File Management/Sharing
  • Communication
  • Lesson Preparation

Large group reporting of highlights

Productivity jigsaw

  1. Within small groups, each member should identify one category of tasks to focus on
  2. Each student should then review some of the possibilities for their category linked here
  3. Select one or two tools to explore in more depth and prepare a Word document handout on the tool to share with your group, including the following elements:
    • Task category
    • Name and URL for selected tool
    • Big picture description of how the tool can help teachers address the task
    • Identify particularly helpful elements/features
    • Identify potential challenges or concerns
  4. Save your Word document into the Dropbox folder called DesignsWednesday with the title to include the category, tool, and your name (e.g., OrganizationEvernoteHofer.docx)
  5. Share in small groups
  6. Large group highlights

Just the Beginning...

"Parking Lot" for additional questions or ideas

For Next Time

For 9/19