JR Raphael of Computer world just published an excellent slideshow featuring 20 great productivity apps for Android, iOS, and the Web. Unsurprisingly, it reads like a list of Ted’s favorite go-to app recommendations for teachers, students, and web collaborators. Here’s why:
Use Tools that Include Everyone
When you’re preparing to work with a random assortment of people— like public school students or collaborators inside and outside your company— you want to find a collaboration platform that everyone can access easily at all times. Too many tools are Windows OR Mac, iOS OR Android, desktop OR mobile and not both. Not covering all these important bases immediately disqualifies an app from my consideration as a collaboration tool— simple as that. Especially in a world where Google Docs, Hangouts, Drive, Calendar, Evernote, and Trello are cheap or free, there’s no reason not to use multi-platform apps with your class or team.
Making Everybody Happy
This is why, though I love using Apple products, I really hate seeing the iPad become the de facto tablet for education, or FaceTime becoming the new standard for video chatting, because these tools automatically exclude anyone who doesn’t use Apple computers and mobiles.
To the extent that I’m a Google fanboy, it’s because their tools work in any web browser, as well as Android and iOS devices.
OK, enough soapbox-ing. Just enjoy JR’s list!
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