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.
GoodReader is the super-robust PDF reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
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.
Read It Later Pro
Very similar to Instapaper in concept, but better
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.
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!
60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern, Mobile Teachers; 60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern, Mobile Teachers