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Teacher Organization Technology Tools to Drown Out Distractions

Let's get organized! I've found 3 awesome Chrome Extensions and 3 awesome iPad Apps to share with you today. Do you have others that you love that you think teachers should know about? Leave them in the comments for us!
*Disclaimer- the links to the iTunes apps are affiliate links. This means that, at no extra cost to you, if you click through and download the app I receive a small commission. The opinions are not paid though, they are my own :-)

Chrome Extensions to Help you Get, and Stay, Organized

  1. Stay Focused- if you're crunched for time but easily distracted by email and social media then this is the extension for you. With Stay Focused you can temporarily block your own access to websites. This is serious though, you cannot get to them no matter what while the time is ticking down. Even if you really need that picture of you off of Facebook in order to finish your project- you can't get it until the time is up! This extension works perfectly as designed but is super frustrating, for good reason.
 2. Todoist- I am a big fan of paper planners, but they do make it so easy to just draw an arrow from one unfinished task onto the next day. Todoist is a task list manager for the Chrome browser. What I like so much about it is that it emails you every day letting you know what you didn't accomplish. It is a quick, but effective, reminder to wake up with. Adding events and to dos is really simple. Definitely check this one out. todoist-teacher-organization-chrome-extension
 3. Live Start Page- Ahhhhh my favorite Chrome extension of all time. The Live Start Page takes over a new tab when you open one and has some great motivational stuff to help get you through your day. I chose a paradise beach scene for myself, but there were zillions to choose between. The things that are displayed are very customizable. Now every time I open a new tab I stop and watch it for a moment before going to my next task. I know this post is about liming distractions, but this one is purposeful. Without the right mindset, that task you were doing would not be nearly as enjoyable :-)

iTunes Apps to Help you Get, and Stay, Organized

 1. Pocket- I am obsessed with this iPad app. Store all of the essentials. Links to websites you want to access again, articles, videos, etc. are so easy to save and get back to when you're ready. You can save them directly from the apps you're in, too! My favorite part is that things you save on one device are there and waiting on every device. No more sending links to yourself through iMessage or email. 400x400bb1
 2. Seesaw- If you're not using Seesaw yet, you will definitely want to check this out. This is the description on the app; "Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world." This is a really fancy way of saying that is stores all of your students files so that you can access them to review later. It is awesomesauce. 400x400bb2  
 3. Toodledo- I know that the iPad comes with a built in task manager, but this one is so much better. Toodledo tracks your habits and helps you out by making outlines and lists. It even works with Apple Watch if you have it.
 So there you have it. 6 productivity and organization tools to help you be your best teacher self possible! Did I leave anything out?
Brittany Washburn
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