by TeachThought Staff
In the conversation around teacher quality and performance, crucially missing is the notion of time.
Simply put: Teachers. Don’t. Have. Time. To. Do. Their. Jobs. Effectively.
Assessment design. Then administering those assessments.
Grading. Then entering those grades.
Data extraction. Then modifying planned instruction based on data results.
Which is what planning periods are for, yes? Assuming you get one. And then there are the meetings, good gracious, the meetings–staff meetings, committee meetings, professional learning community meetings, data team meetings, extracurricular team meetings, informal meetings, parent meetings, pre-observation meetings, post-observation meetings.
But technology may be able to help. This list, for example. We’ve offered ideas in the past to help teachers save time, but those can only do so much. As can these apps, but every little bit helps, yes? Your workload, grade level, school climate, personal organizational habits–even beliefs about what a teacher is supposed to be and do all matter more than an app, but if you’re mobile and connected, you at least have a chance.
From RSS readers to social readers to to-do lists to calendar apps to note-taking and cloud-based document editing and more, this list has to have something that can improve the efficiency of what you do.
Assuming you have an iPad.
Evernote for iPad lets you make new text and audio notes, as well as view your existing Evernote content all with a swipe or tap of your finger.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
GoodReader is the super-robust PDF reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Save long web pages to read later, when you have time, on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or Kindle.
Pages is the powerful word processor from iWork, redesigned for iPad and Multi-Touch. So you can create beautiful documents using just your fingers.
Flip through your readers, magazines, and social networks in magazine format.
Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. Other todo applications either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Things instead offers the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful features.
A very good RSS reader
Powerful project management tool for iPad
Read It Later Pro
Very similar to Instapaper in concept, but better
Penultimate is an outstanding handwriting app. A newly added feature makes it much easier to locate older notes and diagrams. Recommend using an iPad stylus with this app (though not necessary).
Zite is a personalized iPad magazine that gets smarter as you use it
LogMeIn Ignition gives you direct, one-click remote access without a browser.
View, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files & attachments on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
iAnnotate is an elegant PDF reader and a powerful annotation tool
iAnnotate for iPad Get Productive and Paperless on the Go iAnnotate turns your tablet into a world-class productivity tool for reading, marking up, and sharing PDFs, Word documents, PowerPoint files, and images.
Similar to Things. Manage all your tasks, projects, and to-do's. Sort by specific category, type and place. Also wirelessy sync with your computer through "cloud" database.
Appigo Todo is the most connected iPhone and iPod touch app and makes task management simple and fun. Synchronize with Todo Online, iCal, Outlook, and Toodledo.com.
Cool Reader App
Uses Covey's priority matrix of urgent & important in a simple to do list app. LOVE IT.
Learn about, read reviews, and download NewsRack by omz:software on the Mac App Store.
Great outliner with notes in it. Wonderful simple UI.
Mindmapping, Vision Board app that will not disappoint
Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in realtime. Quickly and easily!
Awesome Web Browser
Cross-platform task manager. Completely free (no ads) with cloud syncing to other iOS devices or personal computer!
Really stunning mind mapping software - excellent for brainstorming, project planning, note taking...plus it integrates with Dropbox!
60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern, Mobile Teachers; 60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern, Mobile Teachers