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September 07, 2009

Web Management Tools For Students, Teachers and Parents

It is that time of year when I ponder what is the best system to manage my family's schedule and as a room parent - how to manage the class information. So I took my quest online. Here is what I found so far....

Mashable had some great posts on web tools for students and teachers, so I started by reading those posts.

STUDENTS:

Mashable - Back to School: 15 Essential Web Tools for Students 

(Evernote, Notely, Grademate, Backpack, StudRails, Diigo, Delicious, Mindmeister, Google Docs, Etherpad, SlideRocket, Wikidot, Citeme, EasyBib and Zotero) CLICK here to read the student post.

TEACHERS:

Mashable - Back to School: 10 Terrific Web Apps for Teachers

(SchoolRack, SchoolTool, Curriki, Edmodo, Shmoop, Footnote, ClassMarker, Bookgoo, DOC cop and TeacherTube) CLICK HERE to read the Teacher post.

I know teachers who create their class sites using Dreamweaver, blogs or TeacherWeb.

10 WEB TOOLS FOR PARENTS TO MANAGE SCHEDULES:

Here are some web tools for parents who have kids in elementary school/highschool. I hope to add more to the list:

1. Google Calender/Docs: Many parents are using Google Calender to manage their calenders and Google Docs to keep shared documents in the "cloud" online.

2. Smartphones - Many parents manage their calenders using their smartphones and corresponding calendering systems. Smartphone calenders can also sync with outlook, iCal and Google Calender - which makes it easy to share info with other family members, use desktop management or online tools.

3. Cozi.com has an online family organizer system that includes online calender, shopping list, todo lists and family journal.

4. Microsoft Outlook (Windows) and iCal (Apple) are used for family calenders.

5. Center'd is site that focuses on providing information to making plans . I wrote a post on the Center'd site called "Getting Connected in Silicon Valley" about free Wi-Fi locations.

6. Shutterfly has share sites that parents are using to manage sports team schedules or class volunteers.

7. VolunteerSpot for organizing volunteers

8. Jooners for organizing sign-up sheets

9. Big Tent for setting up communication with trusted groups.

10. Some parent groups use Yahoo Groups or Google Groups.

Yes - many parents still use the paper calenders like BusyBodyBook, Mommy Track'd Calender or MomAgenda. I like having paper calenders as well as my calender on my BlackBerry and online.

Any more to add?

HOME ORGANIZATION

Web tools for family organization can't be complete with a home system. I found a post with organizational tools - that is bins, crates and home decor (which is equally as important) at the website Droolicious: 15 Fabulous Organizational Items for Parents

I just recently purchased a Real Simple organizational set from Target (the main hangout for my moms friends). Many families I know purchase organizational systems from Ikea or Pottery Barn.

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