Free Technology for Teachers recently spotlighted the app Stay Focused for Chrome. This tool allows the user to determine a maximum amount of time during the course of a day that can be spent on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. After the maximum time is exceeded, those sites can not be accessed on Chrome for 24 hours.
Julio Peironcely at www.nextscientist.com shares 7 Smart Ways to Use Evernote For Research as a PhD. Julio has written about Evernote several times in the past and this latest post does a nice job of organizing all those previous posts together in order to show how Evernote can be a student’s one central go-to tool. Nice job!
Since we are talking about Evernote, LifeHacker also had an interesting little post back in January describing a tagging system to use when organizing notes. I always find it interesting to read about how others organize their tools.
While MIT Technology Review published this article last October, I just ran across the following: Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?” Noteworthy reading in and of itself, this never before published essay by the great Asimov discusses the roots of creativity and is a great source for creativity “sound bytes” for future blog posts or other academic writing.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the GTD series of posts by Robert Talbert in his Chronicle column Casting Out Nines, here is the first of the series. So far he has published on March 9th and March 18th. Hopefully more entries will be coming soon. His second post on The Importance of Review delves more into how he is implementing GTD as a tool for organizing his responsibilities as a professor. In particular, he focuses on the daily, weekly and quarterly review process.
I am, admittedly, somewhat behind on my own reading. Here’s another great post by my friend Bonnie Stachowiak at her Teaching in Higher Ed site. She brings us a great list of 44 Social Media sharing tools for spreading our own PKM insights to our community. It is only by sharing our insights with others that we can all continue to grow, and Bonnie always has some great guests and ideas to share.
Also in March, our friends at Office Blogs announced a new, more powerful Clipper Tool for OneNote. Check it out! The new add-on helps weed out extraneous webpage clutter from the main article being clipped and expanded options for saving the clips to various notebooks and pages makes organization faster. While I’m talking about Microsoft OneNote, if you haven’t checked out their new tools for educators, be sure to take a second look. Microsoft is trying hard to capture this market. OneNote for Teachers is a site with many tips for educators that continues to grow.