Emerging Tool #2: Trello

What Is it?

Trello is an online productivity tool. It lets you create and share boards, lists, and cards, which helps you prioritize tasks. I created a few Trello boards that capture all we have left to do in this course. (The boards are Module 11 Tasks, Module 12 Tasks, etc., and the cards are each of the items below that, like “Emerging Tool Review #2). Visit this link to view. Feel free to add cards, comments, etc.! Here is a screenshot of what it looks like:

Screenshot of Trello boards

Strengths, Limitations, and Applications

Trello seems like a great tool for people who like list-making. It makes it easy to color code lists, add due dates, drag and drop tasks from one list to another, create checklists (with a handy progress bar that shows you what % you have left to complete), etc. This could be especially useful for managing group or team projects, since you can easily add people to specific Trello boards or share boards with a link (as I did above). I like that it highlights upcoming due dates so you can see at a glance what you need to do soon.

As for educational applications, I think instructors could encourage students to use Trello to independently manage their to-do lists. Or, teachers could create a Trello board that walks students through each step of an assignment, and share it with students. You can add attachments, links, etc. to your boards, so that would be an easy way for teachers to provide explanation. Since this is really more of a productivity tool than an educational tool, I’m having a hard time coming up with other educational applications… I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas!

This video demonstrates Trello in use, if you want more information: