Organize with Smart Calendars is an App Smart video from the New York Times Technology Section on three useful calendar apps: Sunrise (iOS and Android), Cal (Android and iOS), and Tempo (iOS). Cal is put out by Any.do, a task management software, and integrates with it. Sunrise puts your Evernote reminders into the calendar automatically if you connect the two. This tip comes from Nicole Hennig’s email newsletter on mobile apps for education.
How to Manage a Research Library with Zotero is a blog post by Alex Hope in his Dr Sustainable blog. It discusses his workflow, and citation management software he has used and why he prefers Zotero. Be sure to read the comments – other researchers chime in with their reasons why they have chosen a particular reference manager. Have just started following this blog and it looks very useful.
Ebsco has integrated EasyBib into its databases, so that users can select an article and automatically open Easybib to add the citation information to their account. EasyBib works on a freemium model, and a lot of undergrads, among others, really like it.
2014: 5 Games to Learn From is a Profhacker post by Anastasia Salter. She has written a number of posts on using games to improve learning and teaching, so if interested in this topic check out her other posts.
Nearpod is a very interesting-looking product for creating instruction sessions. It allows adding slideshows, audio tracks, video, images, quizzes, polls, and various other types of material. Works on a freemium model, and the free version looks useful for most teachers. There is a school edition for which you have to call for pricing.
Best Educational Mobile Apps – 2014 Edublog Awards lists 25 Apps chosen by Edublogs and has a description of each. While many are aimed at K-12, some are applicable to the academic community.
How to Keep Course Files Organized is another useful post by our friend Bonni Stachowiak in which she talks about folder structure for both email and computers. Her method could be applied by non-teachers, since it has some useful general tips.
The Android version of Evernote now has the business card camera and LinkedIn integration that the iPhone version has had for some time.
Grovo is a site that produces short clear tutorial videos on many apps and social media tools. They often put together several of them to create a “course” on the most popular tools. A recent edition is a useful brief introduction to the new web version of Evernote.
In Penultimate Update Adds Multi-page Editing and Better Writing, Evernote discusses the most recent updates to Penultimate (an iOS only app). The title is descriptive of the article.
How I Use Evernote to Remind Me of Everything is a new post by Jamie Todd Rubin discussing his system for using reminders, linking notes together, and integrating Evernote reminders into the Sunrise calendar app.
How Evernote Can Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2015 is a post by well-known writer Michael Hyatt. In the post he lays out a details format for setting up your goals. The method sounds very much like one similar to David Allen‘s Getting Things Done (GTD) program.
The Big List of IFTTT Recipes: 34 Hacks for Hardcore Social Media Productivity is a post on buffersocial by Kevan Lee. It discusses IFTTT recipes for managing social media.
Note-Taking in Graduate School is a Gradhacker post by Justin Dunnavant, which discusses his personal system for taking notes for classes, books, and journal articles. He still relies on paper for some tasks, and the discussion is valuable in part because he does show that getting to 100% digital is still difficult, even with all the advances in technology. One link that I thought particularly valuable is the synthesis matrix for organizing a literature review – after taking part in a major lit review last summer, I really wish I had known about this!
Presenter’s Toolbox: Apps and Gear for a Successful Presentation is a post by Scott Schwertly, a well-known business consultant, on tools he uses to create, present, and follow up after presentations.
One of our perennial favorites on this blog is Jill Duffy, who does a weekly Get Organized column for PCmag. A recent post lists her votes for Best Productivity Apps of the Year. The apps she mentions are Timeful, Mailbox, Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout, Asana, Evernote, and Easily.do.
Best Software and Productivity Apps for iPad Air or iPad Mini is a post from Cindy Grigg, author of About.com‘s page for Office Software. She discusses some information and pricing about the machines, which apps come with it, and other best productivity apps. She has related posts for the iPhone and iPod Touch, for Mac Notebooks, and for Mac Desktops. On the Android side, she has articles Office Software and Productivity Apps for Android LG Tablets and Smartphones, Office Software and Productivity Apps for Your New HTC Android or Smartphone, and Office Software and Productivity Apps for Android Sony Tablets and Cell Phones. And, finally, Top Android Productivity Apps for 2014.
Get Your Ideas Out of Your Head to Start Improving Them is a Lifehacker post by Eric Ravenscraft in which the central idea is that writing your ideas down is essential to being able to judge their validity. Does not mention, though I think vital, that writing something down helps clarify what can be a vague thought. Lifehacker, by the way, is full of such productivity tips… far too many to cover in this blog. You can subscribe to see more of them.
#TAGS: New Home Page for Twitter Archiving Google Sheet is a Profhacker post by George Williams discussing using TAGS to archive tweets based on Twitter search terms.
The Best Software for Writing Your Dissertation is a Gradhacker post by Lesley McCollum discussing the problems with Word and options such as LaTex, Lyx, and Scrivener. Links to other useful blog posts.