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November / December 2016

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Need More Time? Apps help you manage time to be more focused, less stressed By Terry Ng A s an educator, you probably never have enough time. From grading homework to developing lesson plans, time is behind every aspect of running your classroom and ensuring kids' well-being, and you can't afford to manage it poorly. Properly managed time is key to maintaining a healthy work-life balance, a more productive life and happier one. ankfully, technology has given us multiple opportunities to master our time. Here are five time management apps to help you free up your schedule and focus on getting things done. RescueTime FREE A time-tracking app that records how and where you spend your time online. RescueTime stops you from wasting time with reminders that alert you when you're spending too much time on a specific online task (Facebook, anyone?). Free and premium versions for Mac, Android and Windows. GoogleNow FREE An intelligent, powerful, voice-powered assistant that processes complicated requests such as directions to an upcoming appointment in your Google Cal- endar, and traffic alerts before you leave. It uses your behavior to pre- dict what information you'll need before you even ask for it. Free; both iOS and Android. Workflow $2.99 Cuts down on wasted time by automating the com- plex tasks you do on your phone, such as making an animated gif file out of your last three photos, or setting up a reminder for when you get home. Cre- ate shortcuts with simple drag-and-drop commands. LastPass FREE A password manager that saves you from having to type in your username and password every time you need to log in to an account. LastPass also remembers your contact information, and even generates passwords for new sites. Clear $9.99 A simple, well-designed to-do list app that makes it easy to stay on top of everything you need to accomplish. Clear lets you organize your life into digestible catego- ries (and multiple lists), making it possible to conquer each task a step at a time. 49 November / December 2016 teaching & learning tech tips

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