Workflow (IFTTT)

January 11, 2014

I haven’t posted for a while for two reasons, first I haven’t been trying anything new (mainly because my use of my iPad seems to have reached an equilibrium in that everything I am using is working and I don’t feel the need to look for an improvement yet), secondly it has been unbelievably busy!

But this week I did try something new, and I think it is quite useful (and not just for teachers). I often find that I am repeating tasks on different social media sites, or saving information in a variety of different places (for example bookmarking websites, favouriting tweets).

One of my pupils told me about IFTTT (IF This Then That). This website enables you to create recipes so that is something happens on one website you belong to (for example I favourite a tweet) then it is automatically added to Evernote (thereby consolidating some of the information I collect).

There is also an app for IFTTT, which is remarkably easy to use. You can only create ‘recipes’ with ‘channels’ they have already got – but there is quite a lot.

You activate ‘channels’ through the app (so far I have activated Twitter, Evernote and Instagram). You can then either create your own ‘recipes’,

or you can use one that someone else has created.

You can view all the ‘recipes’ you have created and see how often they have been used.

You can see that I have already created two and they worked very well.

I am hoping that by automating some of the things I either do, or wished I was doing, then it will reduce the amount of time I spending on these things. Now if only I could find something to mark homework for me!


Bookmarking with Diigo

September 8, 2012

You may have seen the Diigo button on this blog, I found out about this Web 2.0 tool on one of the blogs I read and registered for a teacher account during the summer. Now that term has begun, I have started to use Diigo with my classes. So what is Diigo and how can it be used?

If like me, you are often finding interesting things on the Internet and adding them to your 'bookmarks bar' on your chosen browser. However, despite my filing system, I frequently can't find the correct link again. Diigo is an online bookmarking tool, with the difference that you save your bookmarks with tags – so it makes it easier to search for them again.

Another nice feature with Diigo is the ability to join groups and share links with the group. I have an educator account which also enables me set up student accounts for my classes (which have no adverts and limited social functionality). I can also assign students to class groups for sharing links.

My pupils use the internet a lot for research into things like design eras, and finding images for inspiration. My current GCSE pupils are using Diigo to share their research into design eras and I have been impressed so far with the interesting sources they are finding (it's not just Wikipedia).



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