Hi my name is Robert Appino my twitter handle is @rappin01. I am a MS Technology Learning Facilitator at Saigon South International School. I have the pleasure of working with middle schoolers everyday and support teachers with educational technology in the classroom. Tonight I going to show you my day through apps because they stay updated, organized, efficient
Every morning I’m woken up by my alarm clock. Which usually has 3 alarms set - just-in-case. Shortly there after I hear the neighborhood roosters consulting with the rising sun and of course once the rooster start cockadoodleing the dogs feel the need to bark. What a great way to start the day.
From there one of the first things I do in the morning is check my email. I’m not a fan of the apple email app although I do like how it saves offline. I much prefer to us Gmail. It’s slick and clean and it has really good push notifications almost too good.
After this I check my calendar which tells me what I have on and helps me organize my day. Like today for example I can see tonight I have presentation. Recently I switched back to apples app but a really good alternative especially if you use google calendar is Calendars.
Once I have an overview of my day I check my reminders. Reminders is for me an extension of what I need to do BEFORE I FORGET. Anytime something I need to do pops into my head I try to record it in Reminders. It sends me pop up notifications on my screen. So for example
Once I have the logistics of my day sorted out I like to stay up to date with what’s going on in ed tech. I read a lot of RSS feeds which are websites like NY Times, Lifehacker, over 100s educational blogs the subscribe to. Instead of going to all these sites Reeder conveniently aggregates these feed update of all the websites and blogs I subscribe to. Reeder is a great way to read these feeds.
After this I’m zipping through traffic on my motorbike and once I get to work at Saigon South International school, I usually pull out my phone and check my First class app for what’s coming at work. It’s our primary communication device.. It’s not a good app but it allows me to check anything workwise from phone
As a Technology Facilitator, I’m always reading and learning about best practices. A lot of what I learn comes from from twitter which I use as Personal Learning Network. For example TechRav is sharing experiences on 1:1 ipads. Will Richardson is sharing about Harper High. My network has 100s of educators and if I have questions or need to resolve an issue I can send it out to my network And more importantly it also taps into my personal learning network which is made up of hundreds of international educators.
Dropbox is a godsend. It organizes my files and syncs them onto multiple devices. So any file on my computer can sync to my phone or other devices. Anytime I create a doc or save or download a pdf. Dropbox syncs it to the cloud and then to my other devices. So if you ever lose your device all of your files are still accessible and saved to dropbox’s cloud.
Again keeping updated and organized, I read a lot of academic PDFs and like to mark them up. Goodreader can grab files from my dropbox and allow me to markup, highlight and take notes on. This is great for research documents or work related things. I used it for my Masters.
I’m lucky. Everyday at 12:55, lunch is over the Middle school students storm into their advisory classes dripping with sweat and and book. WE Drop Everything and Read. So 200 kids and teachers all reading at the same time. iBooks is an eReader not a PDF/document viewer like goodreader. I prefer to read on my phone because I can carry multiple books around with me anywhere I go. Also the dictionary and searchable text make it hard to go back to printed text.
Typically at some point during the day I need to take notes. Evernote is a multimedia note taking apps which means you can take notes, snap pictures, voice recordings, videos, web clippings send notes AND it syncs to your other devices so your computer mobile devices.
I always need to search things throughout the day. Chrome is brilliant I’m a big fan of multiple tabs. This picture is not a reflection of my regular practices. Normally I have over 20 tabs going in chrome. Just last week we talking about Au Parc’s tasty Chocolate Nemesis cake and need to have the ingredients. I haven’t actually tried to make this yet.
Message is great and iMessage is evener greater. My friends and family can message me anywhere in the world and can send me funky photos like this one I took at the Spam Museum in Austin Minnesota.
On my way home from work I see so many photo opportunities. From the radical shirts with strange phrases about love, to bikes filled with multiple sheets of glass to landscapes and buildings. It’s always fun to take pictures, add filters, share photos and socialize through Instagram.
Once I get home I almost always turn on Songza. It makes my day on a daily basis. It has so many awesome playlists and makes cool suggestions. I learn about so many different musicians. One of my favorite playlists at present is Guitars and PBRs. Also, the concierge always has something interesting moods, decades, genres, and so much more.
Often at night time every few weeks I get these messages from Mobifone and I never really understood what they mean. Since using Translate I get a much better idea and even got double credit from some mobifone offer. Its also helpful when I looking for something specific at a shop but don’t know the Vietnamese word.
As the day comes to an end I need some brain candy. Most days I try to dedicate 3-15mins to playing games. I like puzzle and logical games. This game is short and fast paced so you can play it in short bursts. It puts my brain at ease and is just fun.
Lately I’ve been exploring the world of Minecraft which is exploding in our middle school. It totally awesome. Kids like it because you can mine resources and create things. It’s collaborative a, social and creative. It a great way to end the day.
Again my name is Robert Appino my twitter handle is @rappin01 special thanks to Nomer Adona for the radical drawing on the left. This is my day through apps - they help me multitask, stay updated and organized and help me relax. Hope I gave you something to consider and thanks for the opportunity to speak with you all.
My Day Through Apps
My DayThrough Apps Robert Appino @rappin01 www.rappino.com February 2013
My Day Through Apps Image Attributions: All images in this presentation are screen captures from respective App companies orphotos from Robert Appino. Special thanks toNomer Adona for the drawing of me on the left. Robert Appino @rappin01 www.rappino.com