BISD’s Learning Technologies Team Recommends Apps to Make 2018 Great

New year, new resolution. BISD’s Learning Technologies team works with teachers on integrating technology to improve student learning. To kick off the new year, the LT team is sharing an app or program to help make 2018 your most productive (or at least organized) yet! Take a minute to learn which app or program they recommend this year.  

 

Kim Estes, Lead Learning Technologies Coach

  • App/Program Name: Trello
  • Benefits of using the app: Trello is a web-based application that allows users to keep track of to-do lists, projects, collaboration with colleagues, and more. It’s one-stop shopping for organizing your emails, to-do lists, website links, and more into cards on a dedicated list. It is fully integrated with our Google Accounts so you can attach emails to a card, attach files right out of Google Drive, and share your boards with team members when working on group projects. You can even send your tasks to your Google Calendar. You can use it on your computer, or download the app to your phone.
  • Link to the app:  IOS: For iDevices   Android: Google Play
  • Link to tutorial for the app:  Here’s a video and here’s the Getting Started Help Page  and once you’re set up – here’s a help page for Using Trello

 

Lindsay Foster, Learning Technologies Coach

  • App/Program Name: Buffer
  • Benefits of using the app: Buffer will save you hours of social media management. It’s a scheduling app that lets you pre-post your social media posts and “release” them at a specific time. Studies have shown unequivocally that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are more active at certain times of the day. This app allows you to schedule your posts to be visible during the times and days your audience is online. A free account allows for one social media account connection.
  • Link to the app: iOS App Link   Android Google Play Store App Link
  • Link to tutorial for the app: Tutorial video; How-To Tutorial video; Help Page from Buffer

 

Matt Kitchens, Learning Technologies Coach

  • App/Program Name: ColorPick Eyedropper (Chrome Extension)
  • Benefits of using the app: The ColorPick Eyedropper extension is a go-to resource when Chrome users need to color-match on-screen objects for various DIY projects. When activated in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome browser, the extension launches as crosshairs. Users mouse over objects to reveal color codes for Google applications, along with RGB and HSL.
  • Link to the app:  Chrome Web Store
  • Link to tutorial for the app: Tutorial video

 

Heather Sanders, Learning Technologies Coach

  • App/Program Name: Google Keep
  • Benefits of using the app:  Google Keep is a web-based application that allows you to create and share notes, lists, & reminders.  You can add images, voice notes, drawings, & more — recently, Google Keep fully integrated with Google Docs & Slides!
  • Link to the app: IOS App   Android App
  • Link to tutorial for the app:  Keeping Up with Google Keep

 

Teresa Sumrall, Learning Technologies Coach

  • App/Program Name: Jing
  • Benefits of using the app: Jing is a screen capture application.  The software takes a picture or video of the user’s computer screen and uploads it to the web, or clipboard. Jing brings up a set of crosshairs that you will have to focus on the area of the screen you wish to capture.  You can capture a picture of an image, drop down list, text, etc. After you capture a video or an image you can annotate using editing tools like text, color, shapes, arrows, and share them online with your friends.  The Jing menu sits discreetly on the side of your screen. The history feature shows your recent captures as thumbnails.
  • Link to the app: Jing
  • Link to tutorial for the app: Jing Tutorial