Discovery Exercise – Productivity Tools


Finding, experimenting with, and evaluating new technologies are essential 21st century skills. As part of this evaluation, users must decide whether a tool meets their needs for creating, organizing, communicating, and/or problem-solving.

Option 1: Create a work using a Productivity Tool

  1. If you have not already selected a Productivity tool or resource to explore, go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page, select the appropriate module, and then a Productivity tool or resource by choosing Productivity Tools in the Category field. You will have to create an account in your chosen platform unless you already have one. Most listed tools have both free service and premium options.
  2. Create a document, poll, survey, website, or any other kind of file that encourages collaboration.
  3. Make the work public and share it with another colleague.
  4. Embed or link your work as an artifact in your ePortfolio.
  5. Reflect on how this kind of tool might impact your life (e.g., school, work, etc.). Were there advantages or disadvantages to the tool? Can you see yourself using this tool again, and if so, how?
  6. If you are enrolled in the MOOC, remember to return to “Activities and Discussion Prompt” to complete that Module. Here is a link back to #EmTechMOOC in Coursera.

Option 2: Explore Organization and Time Management Tools and Creating a Calendar

  1. If you have not already selected a Productivity tool or resource, go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page, select the appropriate module, and then a Productivity tool or resource by choosing Productivity Tools in the Category field. You will have to create an account in your chosen platform unless you already have one. Each listed tool has a free service, yet some might have premium options.
  2. Create a calendar for yourself or utilize some other type of time-management tool.
  3. Embed or link the item you created as an artifact in your ePortfolio. If you prefer to not publically share the item you developed, upload an image to your ePortfolio with your personal details blurred or blocked out.
  4. Reflect on how this kind of tool might impact your life (e.g., school, work, etc.). Do you find yourself struggling with organization your everyday life? Can you see yourself using this tool again, and if so, how? Does a digital calendar make things easier for you or do you find it unnecessary?
  5. If you are enrolled in the MOOC, remember to return to “Activities and Discussion Prompt” to complete that Module. Here is a link back to #EmTechMOOC in Coursera.