1. Twitter @TechwithJenIf you haven't jumped on the Twitter bandwagon then stop what you are doing and create an account NOW! This is a one stop shop for all your professional development needs as long as you are following people that inspire and make you think! I don't know that I can really give you tips and tricks on HOW to use it because I am relatively new, but I can tell you that there are a lot of great minds that provide so many wonderful resources on a day-to-day basis! I have learned a lot in such a short time!
Now if you are doing Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms then it is really hard to keep up posting to all of these different sites. So I thought there had to be a better way to post all at once! And of course, there is! Actually, there are several ways but this is the one that I use. It is called HootSuite! HootSuite lets you post and view all of your media in one place! Makes it so much easier! If you haven't tried it then I highly recommend you check it out!
Of course, I have been pinning for a little while but not really pinning products, blog posts etc. The biggest thing that I have learned over the last couple of months is to be sure to use proper etiquette when pinning! I have to admit when I first started pinning my products I had no idea that I was not "following the rules" but the more I read I realized that I shouldn't only pin my products or pin them all at once to different boards. I was being rather obnoxious I am sure and quickly decided to change my ways. Also, I learned I should always try to delete when I repin something! Of course, some boards have thousands of pins so I just make sure I give it sufficient time before I repin something.
So I decided to go back to my old ways and just pin things I like for my boards and every once in awhile I'll pin my products. I also found that I could "tweet" pins as well. Here's how:
Click on the picture you would like to pin. You will see a share button. Click on it and then share to Twitter, Facebook, email, or embed. It is that simple!
Another cool feature is to pin directly from your phone or iPad. Here is a great video to show you how to add this feature.
4 & 5. Dropbox and Pages
I have been using Dropbox for years! Not only does it keep me from having to email files to myself and save files on a flash drive but it also allows me to pull things into documents that I want to work on using the Pages app. So I save everything I create and/or purchase to Dropbox. For example, I purchased these great borders on TpT. The file is in my Dropbox, if I want to work on a document I can just download the border to my camera role and then pull it into the Pages app. It looks something like this:
You will notice that I just added the border from my camera roll into the Pages app and then added a text box to create my document. I can also add my clip art etc. to the document for the finishing touches. Pages allows you to export as a pdf, Word document, and/or Pages document. It is that simple!
This is a great way to organize yourself. Since this is web-based you can find everything that you create on ANY device! You can download Evernote on your phone, Nook, iPad, MacBook, in Google Chrome, go to the website! As long as you have internet access you can get to your documents. Create folders, share folders, add audio, video, pictures, text, etc. It is a great way to keep track of projects, students, and/or teachers you are working with in your classroom. I am really considering using Evernote to create digital portfolios.
Now I just found this app. This app let's me post to my blog directly from my iPad. I have played around with the Blogger app and Blogsy but this app looks like it might become my favorite! I really need a way to blog when I am on the go. I would love to be able to post to my blog pictures and video without having to go back and forth from my iPad to my computer. This app takes care of that for me. I can also work offline which is great for when I am sitting in between games at a baseball doubleheader or a tournament. I also like that Posts allow me to add html when needed which is a nice feature.
I have noticed that many teachers have gotten on the Instagram bandwagon and so I thought I would give it a shot! I have my own personal Instagram but really didn't use it much! However, I am going to try really hard to post pictures of some of the projects, conferences, and other "nerdy" activities I am planning for the summer! Here is a picture of my home page:
Someone asked me why I created an Instagram account and the main reason was that I think pictures are worth a thousand words. Maybe some of the pictures I post can spark conversations and get a glimpse into me as a person!
9 & 10. Google Drive & CalenMob - I have to always add something Google! I love most everything that I have learned about Google products and Google Drive is no exception. While it is not my favorite on the list, it is helpful to have access to all of the documents that I have in my Drive when I need them. I wish I had the option of creating forms on my iPad but maybe one day! A girl can dream. I use this calendar because it seems to work better. I can actually see my schedule for the day!
So there you have it my 10 favorite apps for the busy teacher! What are your favorite apps? How do you use them when you are on the go?