Tools for productivity on iPad for teachers and students - be focused, planned and sorted

Get focused, planned, and sorted! Embrace a mindset that sees organisation as integral to education, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and resilience. Develop a skillset that includes effective time management, prioritisation, and digital literacy, essential for navigating today’s educational landscapes. Utilise the toolset provided by iPad apps to enhance productivity: "Focus" to reduce distractions, allowing teachers and students to concentrate on the task at hand; "Reminders" to keep tasks and deadlines clearly planned and visible; and "Files" to keep resources neatly organised and accessible. Together, these strategies and tools help streamline educational processes, making them more efficient and manageable.

Utilising Focus for Productivity

  • Purpose: Focus helps reduce distractions and set boundaries tailored to specific activities like work, personal time, or sleep.
  • Customisation: Tailor Focus settings by selecting allowed notifications and customising the Home Screen to display only relevant apps.
  • Examples:
  • For Educators: Set a 'Teaching' Focus during class to limit notifications to critical communications and relevant educational apps.
  • For Students: Create a 'Study' Focus to enhance concentration, restricting social media alerts and spotlighting study tools.
  • Activation: Turn on Focus via Settings or Control Center, syncing across all devices with the same Apple ID.
  • Further Reading & Resources: Explore detailed support on setting up and using Focus on the iPad here.

Utilizing Reminders for Productivity

  • Functionality: Helps manage tasks and to-dos across all facets of life, syncing across devices via iCloud.
  • Organisational Uses:
  • For Educators: Create lists for different classes or administrative duties like 'Parent Communications' or 'Project Prep'.
  • For Students: Organise tasks by subjects or extracurricular activities, aiding in time management and prioritisation.
  • Examples:
  • Create reminders for meeting preparations, assignment deadlines, or important events, adding details like locations or URLs.
  • Further Reading & Resources: Learn more about using the Reminders app effectively here.

Utilising Files for Productivity

  • Capabilities: The Files app serves as a hub for accessing documents across various storage solutions like iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
  • Educational Application:
  • For Educators: Share folders with department members for collaborative access to teaching materials and resources.
  • For Students: Organize coursework and projects into folders, leveraging cloud storage for access across devices.
  • Examples:
  • Collaborate on projects by sharing access to folders with classmates or co-teachers.
  • Efficiently access and manage schoolwork from multiple cloud sources.
  • Further Reading & Resources: Gain insights on maximizing the use of the Files app here.



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Posted on May 24, 2024

Hi Paul

Thank you for sharing your expertise at the Apple Learning Session this week and for surmising the information here to help build efficiency and productivity! There are definitely some ‘tricks’ I could utilise more often to be even more organised!

What’s your favourite ‘go - to’ tip?

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