Dropbox. Sync your files across all of your devices (home computer, work computer, laptop, smartphone). Share folders with others, like you would with a shared drive. Let others upload to or download files from your Dropbox. (See this blog post for more info.)
CloudConvert. You have a file in one format, but you want it in a different format. This service will do the transformation for you.
Inoreader. It has all the power you could want for bringing in news. And then you can tag news items. Tagged items get dropped into your own customized RSS feeds. As a bonus, save and tag bookmarked web pages.
YouCanBook.Me. If your students need to make appointments with you, this is the way to go. (See this blog post of for more info.)
Doodle. Need to schedule a bunch of people for a meeting? Need to get a bunch of people to make a decision? This is the way to go. (See this blog post for more info.)
KeepVid. If there are web-based videos that you count on for class, download them. Don’t trust that they’ll always be available online. (See this blog post for more info.)
Shortmarks. Get to your bookmarked pages, even search them, just by putting shortened code in your browser’s address bar. See this blog post to see what I mean.
Nudgemail.com. I’ve tried many different task management tools. They all require me to go someplace to get my task list. Nudgemail puts my tasks where I live, in my email and in my calendar. See this blog post — it’s dated, but the key features are the same.
Trello. Excellent tool for managing long term projects or projects with lots of moving parts.
Zoom. Handy during a conference call or for just showing students something on your computer. Give them a link, and they can see your desktop in their web browser.
LastPass. Remember one password and have access to all of your passwords – even on your smartphone. LastPass will generate random passwords for you – and remember them for you. You can even share a password with someone else, say, the person you share a bank account with.
IFTTT. Automatically have your gmail attachments saved to Dropbox. Tweet Feedly articles you’ve tagged. Text new appointments to Google calendar. Making these kinds of automated connections is the power of today’s internet. And you know what? It’s ridiculously easy to do. Read more here.
4 thoughts on “Tech Essentials”
Wonderful website! Thanks for synthesizing so many resources for teachers of psychology! Keep up the great work!
great page, but…KeepVid is much too intrusive. they read all your settings and modifies your default search engine. also it installs ask-jeeves. JAKKES.
Hi Sue! It’s Shauna Joye – I was wondering if you know of a site similar to cel.ly. I’ve been using cel.ly for a couple years (AND LOVE IT) but they will no longer be offering the anonymous texting as of next month. Students will have to download the app, which is fine for my purposes, but I have a student running a study who needs the anonymous texting capability. I am going to search as well but I know you have your finger on the pulse of this tech stuff so I thought I would start here!
Might be worth dropping drop box off your list due to the numerous security concerns it’s had over the years.
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