Productivity Tools – #EmTechMOOC

Productivity Tools – #EmTechMOOC


I’m Victoria Neu, I’m a graduate student at
the University at Buffalo, seeking a doctorate in educational psychology and quantitative
methods. Productivity tools help you get more work
done in less time! Productivity tools help to:
manage your time, to create and share documents and websites,
to seek input from others through forms/surveys/polls, to navigate using mapping tools,
and to manage many other tasks. These tools are great to use when collaboration
is needed, when you want to share the workload, and to help with time management! Cloud-based tools enable file sharing across
different platforms and devices, making it easier for people to collaboratively create
and edit documents, slide presentations, spreadsheets, and more. File storage and synchronization services
allow you to keep track of and organize your documents. You no longer need to be at your computer
to access important documents when you instead store computer files in the cloud online. You and your collaborators can access up-to-date
versions of files at any time. Time management is another area where productivity
tools are beneficial. Just like a traditional paper calendar, online
calendars can map out your schedule. Online calendars have added features that
improve your productivity. Reminder and notification functions can send
alerts right to your phone, desktop or email. They will also let you know if you’ve booked
multiple events at the same time. Online calendars allow you to send invites
to other people whenever you want to schedule a meeting or an outing. You can share your calendar with multiple
people and adjust the settings to customize who has view-only access versus who has the
ability to edit events. Most digital calendars also have apps that
synchronize across all of your devices, updating automatically whenever changes are made. Other digital tools help with time management. Many use research-based time management techniques
and encourage you to stay focused. They can limit procrastination, reward you
for how much time you spend on task, and track how long you are actually working! Productivity tools are available if you need
to build and publish a website and share information almost instantly. Inexperienced web developers can make sophisticated
websites for free or at a low cost. These websites can be a public or shared privately
within a group. Forms and surveys are easier than ever to
create. These online tools make organizing events
or collecting information quick and easy. Scheduling tools help you identify times when
everyone in a group is available to meet. Using polling applications help to collect
data and show instant results. There are a host of mapping tools that can
help you navigate and learn about the world. Global Positioning Systems, also known as
GPS tools have two big advantages over traditional paper maps. The “you are here” marker is invaluable
if you are lost and the voice navigation feature effortlessly
guides you to your destination. Other geographical mapping tools are useful
to visually represent geographic space and data. Numerous visualization tools have emerged
that allow you to map data in ways that visually represent topics, trends, and patterns. There really are a wide variety of productivity
tools to consider in this module.

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