If your resolution for 2013 was to be better organized, these apps are recommended for you by the fine folks at Apple. They’ve assembled a sort of toolkit for teachers that aim to make you a better, more informed, and connected educator.
Before you start being an even better teacher, you should take some self inventory and figure out when you’ll have time to take on this task. That means it’s time to get organized. These 5 apps will help you do just that.
OmniFocus for iPad combines the in-depth task management features of a desktop app with the advanced mobile experience of the iPad. With flexible viewing options, location-aware task lists, and on-the-fly task entry with voice notes and image attachments, OmniFocus for iPad is the trusted system you need for managing everything in your busy life. Use OmniFocus for iPad on its own, or sync through the cloud with your other devices running OmniFocus (also available for iPhone and Mac).
Designed for iPad and iPhone, Flipboard is a personal news magazine filled with everything being shared across the Web, from breaking news to stories on world events, sports, travel and more. Simply pick a few topics and your Flipboard is instantly populated with the news you care about. If you want more, use the search bar to find favorite sources or browse recommended reading from the staff at Flipboard. When you find a new source you love, just tap the “+” to add it to your Flipboard. And if you’re short on time, use the Cover Stories tile to see some of the most interesting stories from all of your sections on Flipboard.
But it’s not just about news. Use Flipboard to flip through social networks. Add Facebook, Twitter to browse articles and photos friends are sharing. Instagram and Flickr photos are beautiful to see in your personal magazine. Now the news your friends share is easy to flip through, with headlines and excerpts that give you an immediate glimpse into everything. It’s a fun way to catch up on all your social news.
Instapaper lets you save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines! Great for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read, but don’t have the time when you find them. Save with Instapaper, then read later when you’re commuting, in a meeting, or waiting in line. Need something to read? You can browse articles that your friends posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Or browse the Editor’s Picks, curated by hand from the Instapaper community’s most-saved stories. Sending to Instapaper is supported by over 150 other iPhone and iPad apps! You can even send long emails to Instapaper to read later.
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. We’ve covered Evernote and Evernote Peek in the Edudemic Magazine a few different times. For good reason. The app itself is easy to use and quite powerful. I recently bought the paper Evernote Smart Notebook that lets you snap photos of what you write in your book and then instantly view, select, and search your handwritten notes within your Evernote account. It’s like living in the future.
Life is messy. Keep it together with Clear, a new app for list-keeping that is unbelievably simple, quick and satisfying to use. I’ve been using Clear for a few weeks now and it’s been one of the more fun ways to manage my day-to-day responsibilities. You can add whatever you want to the Clear list and then take great joy in swiping it off as you complete that task. After all, the best part about making lists is checking / clearing them off that list, right?