1. Who doesn't love Kid President? The first 1:40 of this clip is a great conversation starter about how we use the Internet. Thanks to Jake Boswell for sharing this video with me!
2. Check out this video on The Science of Procrastination...another great conversation starter. It really makes you think about why we multi-task and the effects it may be having on our productivity. The video also provides a great synopsis of how to use the Pomodoro technique as a time management tool.
3. Check out the Chrome Extension Strict Workflow. This extension plays off the idea of the Pomodoro technique. For every 25 minutes that you have focused work, you get a 5 minute break. By using this extension, if you find yourself multitasking and hopping to another site that might interrupt your workflow, you will receive this message:
Customize the list of sites that are blocked during your 25 minutes of workflow. CAUTION: In reality, you or your students can just hop into another browser and access the sites, but the extension might provide that needed moment of reflection about our multitasking habits.
4. If you want to try the concept of the Pomodoro technique, the Tomatoist Chrome app or the Tomatoist site offer a simple timer that gives you 25 minutes of work flow and then a 5 minute break timer. Many teachers use timers to keep the pace of class moving; let's teach students to use timers for themselves!
5. The StayFocusd Chrome Extension allows you to limit the amount of time you spend each day on time-suckage websites. Once your allotted time for the day expires, the site is blocked for the remainder of the day. This could be a great time-management tool.
6. Lastly, check out the Progress Bar Timer. Create progress bars that track time, dates, and more.
Please share what tools, videos, or strategies work for you or your students.