Tech Tools For Success

Tech Tools For Success

I love technology. I love how everything changes and improves constantly. I use (and depend) on technology for teaching and for my personal life. I have compiled a list of apps and tools that I think would be helpful for everyone, whether for school, work, or personal use. I hope you gain something useful and if you have one to share, comment below!

Tech Tools

1. Google Keep

This app is one of the most useful apps for organization and time management. I use this daily on my phone, tablet, and computer.

What I love

  • Make checklists
  • Alarms/alerts
  • Can share lists both by sending a list and adding a collaborator
  • Can copy lists
  • Can pin some tasks to the top
  • Can customize
  • Can post images
  • There is an app for your phone and computer-it syncs wonderfully
  • Free!

2. Symbaloo

Symbaloo is a fun website to organize websites and share. This is much better than bookmarking websites because of the layout.

What I Love

  • Easily categorize and organize bookmarks
  • Can be set up as Home page
  • Can share with others
  • Can customize
  • There is an extension to install that allows you to quickly add a website to a symbaloo page
  • Free!

You create “tiles” that can be moved. You can color code them and add text.

 

3. Google Calendar

The best feature of most Google Apps is the share and collaborate option. Google Calendar is a great personal and work/school calendar to keep you organized and on track.

What I Love

  • Color code tasks
  • Alarms and reminders
  • Share with friends -can share an event or an entire calendar
  • Multiple calendars can be shown at a time
  • Use the app on your phone and it syncs immediately from computer
  • Customize
  • Free!

4. Mercury Reader

Clear away clutter that distracts you when you read with one simple click of this extension. Great for individuals who have trouble focusing or are just annoyed by ads. Click here to try it out.

What I Love

  • You can also change the color formatting, size and type of text.
  • You can even share the Mercury version with others.

5. Speak It

It has to be downloaded onto your computer through the Chrome Store, but when you have it, you can highlight something on a website, click on the SpeakIt button, and it reads it to you.

What I Love

  • You can have any webpage read to you, easily with an extension
  • You can highlight a section to be read
  • Easy to download

 

I am a middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.

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