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The 7 Most Time-Saving Study Tools for Educators

Posted by Lynn Usrey - Guest Author

Aug 10, 2015 8:30:00 AM

 

Because teachers have so much to do, time management is a very important factor when it comes teaching. For one to be effective, it's important to be time conscious. As an educator, you need to lead by example.

This means that you need to let your students know the importance of time management by using yourself as an example. Show your students that effective time management will give them an opportunity to balance between their studies and their co-curricular activities and they'll follow suit.

The good thing is that technology has made it possible of us to effectively manage our time by providing us with essential tool to help us along the way.

Here are 7 tools that will help you save time:

1)   Lucidchart 


Lucidchart is specifically designed to make it easier for the user to sketch and share professional diagrams. The best part about this app is that it works well with other programs, including Google Apps. The tool also works perfectly with Microsoft Visio documents. Once you are done with your diagramming, you can then go ahead and export your work to standard file formats, or better yet, publish the same with the online viewers.

 

2)   Classroom


Currently available on Google App, Classroom is a new education tool that was developed to help educators create and organize assignments fast. The app also allows teachers to give students feedback and be able to communicate with the classroom effectively. Designed by both teachers and students, Classroom helps to easily connect the class while at the same time tracking the progress of students to allow both parties to achieve more. 

 

3)   Unplag

Nothing is more frustrating than receiving what you think is a plagiarized essay. Unplag is a plagiarism detection engine that allows you to check your documents for any type of plagiarism. The tool is very quick and efficient, and carries out the test within just 4 seconds. You can use the tool to run a test on a number of files of different sizes concurrently.

 

4)   Dropbox

Dropbox allows for convenience and easy accessibility of your files. As an online storage tool, it guarantees safety of your documents and ensure that they remain synched, making it easy to share notes and documents. Since documents are stored online, it means that you can take them anywhere you want and access them at any time provided that you have an internet connection and your PC or Smartphone. With just a click you can send your class video files, since Dropbox makes it easier to share large files with anyone.

 

5)   Quicklyst

Are you looking to take better notes for class planning? If so, then Quicklyst is perfect for your needs. This tool allows you to take beautiful outline-style notes, which will in turn help you to structure your ideas in a logical manner. The best part about this tool is that it is compatible with the majority of the devices including: iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android devices. Students can use this tool to take notes effectively using outlines and it also allows you to format mathematical equations. Information stored in the app is secure, as it never forgets. You can access your data easily without having to worry about data loss.

 

6)   RescueTime

 
As mentioned in the introduction to this post, time management is a very important factor to consider when teaching and modeling good studying habits. With RescueTime, you have a tool that can help you to strike a balance between your school work and work life. Distractions brought about by the digital life are a major contributory factor to time wasting. With this tool, you can easily come to terms with your daily habits, hence giving you an opportunity to focus at what you are doing and thereby increasing your productivity.

 

7)   Teachers.io

For educators, Teachers.io allows them to plan their schedule, organize classes, and allows them to share whatever they have with their students. With the tool, you can easily know what is coming next in terms of your lessons, assignments and even tests. You can upload links and files for your classes so that you make it easier for your students to access them. Teachers.io is also very effective in helping you create and share your entire syllabus without any struggle.

I hope you found this post helpful. I’d love to hear more about tools and tactics you use to save time—please let me know in the comments below!


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