How often do you think to yourself as a teacher, 'I am doing these tedious repetitive tasks on the computer or iPhone, looking through hundreds of photos and saving them one by one...' or 'All I want to do is streamline my to do list onto another computer...'?
This application will simplify your life!
IFTTT, which stands for “If This Then That,” is an awesome tool for automating actions online. The service lets you set up recipes like “If I post a photo to Instagram, then add the file to my Dropbox,” or “If I add a new reminder, add it to a single Google Spreadsheet,” or “Text me the weather for my area code at 7:00 a.m. every weekday.” There are many different services you can tap into, mixing them to build and curate actions that link normally disparate web services.
The company have just released the iPhone version of the service, which is pretty exciting for trying to simplify life and let the phone do all the work, more time for coffee!
It can tap into your iPhone’s Contacts, Reminders, and Calendar in recipes. It can differentiate between whether you’re using the front or rear-facing camera or taking a screenshot, which can be useful if you want to lump specific types of images into folders on Flickr or DropBox. For example, if you meet a lot of new people week to week, the ability to automatically send newly added contacts an automated greeting over email seems particularly useful. Or you can instantly send iOS screenshots to Dropbox, or every photo to Google Drive, or even track every reminder you complete in a Google spreadsheet.
IFTTT is adding new features all the time, and they also allow for services that other people have created to be available to you. As a PE teacher, you can set actions like 'if I take a new photo with the rear camera during class, it'll send the photos to my Dropbox', or 'when I complete a reminder (lesson plan), it'll email it to my students'. Use your imagination...