Tech Tool of the Month: Todoist

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Organization is an area with which many teachers and students seem to struggle. A few years ago, I found my solution: Todoist. Todoist is a simple and clean tool to organize all of your tasks in a list format with no distractions. It is a free tool, available as both an app (on Android and iOS) or on a web browser. This tool has stood the test of time and only improved each year.

 Todoist has a few premium options, but nearly everything is included in the free account. You can create projects and sub-projects for as many items as you wish. You have the ability to collaborate with others and share your task list. You will get notifications when changes happen or items are completed, and you can choose to receive emails or push notifications.

 You can also easily add recurring dates. This is my personal favorite feature, because if I need to put down vocab surge quiz on every Thursday, rather than rewriting the task, I write it once and on the date I put every Thursday. This will make the task automatically occur without me ever relisting the quiz.

 Todoist offers real-time data syncing across all of your devices. You can mark what is a priority. The list goes on and on. But the bottom line is Todoist can help you manage your life, get organized, and save you time.

 Share this tool with students who may struggle with organization. For a “whole class approach,” share this tool with your entire class on your whiteboard and have all students set up accounts to use rather than a daily agenda book.

 Todoist is available on any device and can’t be left at school! It is accessible from anywhere. Set up a weekly “check-in” time to see how students are progressing on their Todoist. You may need to help disorganized students set-up their account, projects, and deadlines when they are first learning how to use the tool. Have students set a new project for each class (or even for evening activities). Help your students learn the life skill of organization that they can carry to all areas of their future.

 Learn more about this fabulous tool:


TeachersFirst’s Review of Todoist

Getting Things Done with Todoist (Tutorial)

Getting Started: Welcome to Todoist

About the author: Melissa Henning

Melissa Henning is the Educational Content Manager for Source for Learning, the non-profit parent company of TeachersFirst. She has over 16 years of experience in education. Melissa is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences.

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