123newyear.com has everything you could possibly want by way of New Year resources. It has messages, traditions, calendars, monthly calendars, horoscopes, wallpapers. There are so many things to help you get your New Year off to a good start and know where to come when you are looking to plan New Year next year. This site helps you to keep track of and organise everything ! No more scrambling to find your things and ideas for the New Year.
The Offtime app might be worth exploring if you are trying to find the elusive work-life balance and find your phone distracts you. It is free but there are in app purchases which you might want to explore before you download the app. Basically, you can turn your phone off for a certain amount of time but can allow certain people to contact you in that time. It’s an app from Germany and has been around for about 3 years now. Tech Crunch has a comprehensive review of it here. You can download it here. It has had sound reviews across the net and is probably worth at least considering . The official Offtime site explains it all very clearly. The iPhone version appears to be paid and not as versatile as the Android version.
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I only downloaded this app yesterday and already it is my best friend. When my Samsung 5 updated to the new OS it lost my icon for the calendar. I could access the calendar from quick search but that wasn’t the point. I have actually got the icon back now but in the interim I had downloaded the free Planner Plus from the Google Play store. You can also get it on iTunes. I was expecting a calendar and I can’t say that I am overly fond of digital calendars. Planner Plus can be tabbed or it can just present itself cleanly. I can add notes, to do lists and events. It is so easy to fill out, so easy to prioritise and in the morning it comes up with my reminders and overview. I have waited for years for an app like this and I love it. I am not sure as yet if I will get the premium version. This is also a really good and fair way to trial apps when you have a credible free version and then the option of having extra functionality or advantages if you take on the premium version. The site for the app is here.
At school, the Apimac Timer keeps me and my students on time and on task. At home I run a Windows desktop and wanted a timer that was also a countdown timer for events. I have found the Free Countdown Timer. You can change the size, add a number of events, choose an alarm sound and pick your language. When I downloaded it , it was not packaged with adware, otherware, trashware or browser redirectware which has become a significant, intolerable problem with downloads. It’s neat, functional and does the job.
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Anthony Robbins is a life coach and a motivational speaker and this quote really meant something to me when I read it. This is a follow up to yesterday’s post on mastering your classroom because if it takes 10, 000 hours of practice to master something then with 30 students and 30 devices we have to be careful how we implement and organise everything. No time for faffing! So I started thinking and, as it turned out I think THINK is a good way to keep your technological classroom under control and vibrant:
T Time your information, presentations, activities.
H Hone your skills and theirs. Be good at what you do.
I Innovate and inspire. Don’t fear change.
N Nudge them along and nudge yourself to do something different..
K Know what you are doing and what you want to achieve.
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