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Teacher and Academia Productivity Tips and Tricks

Being Productive while Teaching is a Challenge. If you’re a university professor, there’s service and research too! And you’re supposed to keep a work-life balance? Sheesh!

Below, you’ll learn how to rev up your output, both inside and outside of university life, all while keeping your sanity.

Essential Classroom Technology Tools for Teaching Social Media in 2020

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Classroom Technology Tools

Recently, I started sharing about a few of the smartphone accessories I’ve been playing with to create video for social media. The goal is to get more classroom technology tools in my students’ hands to help prepare them for working in a professional social media environment.

I’ve received a few questions about the tools I’ve been using to make videos recently. And so an idea for a blog post was born!

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Are Your Classes Suffering from “Assignment Creep?”

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Are my classes suffering from ‘assignment creep?”

I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot lately as I’ve been teaching some of the same courses for the past few years.

You’ve probably heard of “feature creep.” A quick search of Google reveals this definition from Wikipedia:

“The ongoing expansion or addition of new features in a product, such as in computer software. These extra features go beyond the basic function of the product and can result in software bloat and over-complication rather than simple design.

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An Easy System for Keeping Your Daily Lessons Organized (Case #2 of Putting Systems Thinking to Practice)

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In a recent post, I discussed creating simple systems to help you work more effectively and reduce unnecessary cognitive load. It isn’t necessary to read that post to benefit from this post. But, I encourage you to save it to read some time. It is a bit long.

In the previous post in this 3-part series, I discussed how to save time by removing bottlenecks when setting up meetings with students.

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Why I No Longer Schedule Meetings with Students Over Email (Case #1 of Putting Systems Thinking to Practice)

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In a previous post, I talked about the power of systems to simplify recurring tasks in our jobs as professors.

In that post I mentioned that we can work to remove bottlenecks that unnecessarily slow down the completion of tasks. Here’s one such task that faces major bottlenecks: scheduling appointments.

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Use Simplicity and Systems To Have More Time and Energy to Do What You Love

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I had an amazing time at the PRSA Educator’s Academy Super Saturday on October 22 presenting on tools educators can use to break down the classroom walls.

After our presentation, Ai Zhang, Karen Freberg, and I were asked how we manage to engage with all of these different tools, keep our classes updated, and more.

Honestly, it is a lot of work but also a lot of fun.

Yet, in my answer, I mentioned two things that have helped me tremendously: 1) Simplicity in life and 2) systems.  And I’d like to explain a little more about them.

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What I’m Reading And How You Can Read It Too

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“Always Be Reading” is my motto.

As professionals, we are constantly seeking to stay up to date with news, trends and developments.

So I’m excited to write this quick off-week post between our regularly scheduled program to announce that you can now follow the articles I read and share on Pocket using their “recommendations” feature.

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The Power of the Micro Screencast: How Educators Can create GIFs to Save Time and Enhance Learning

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Everyone loves GIFs. As I’m sure you  know, you can now easily search Twitter for GIPHY.com Gifs to share. They seem to be everywhere.

But how can GIFs enhance your job as a professor and help your students learn more all while saving you time?

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