Task App Showdown, with Friend Craig McClellan (Season 3, Episode 3)

Craig returns to the show to talk about how we manage tasks, and the apps we use to manage them. There is a strong emphasis here on two of the premium task apps for Mac and iOS, Things and OmniFocus. 

This episode isn't so much a showdown between Craig and I or one app and another. It is more a celebration of the great features of pro task apps that we depend on to manage our teaching careers. For me, there is an ongoing showdown between these apps in my mind, as I constantly contemplate which tools best help my brain to stay focused on the task at hand. It was fun to process that with Craig.

Craig

Twitter | The Class Nerd Blog

Show Notes:

Task Management Apps Discussed:

Things | OmniFocus | Todoist | 2Do

Todoist Education Pricing

GTD (Getting Things Done) Methodology - Getting Things Done by David Allen

Previous Episode with Craig: Automation and Advanced Workflows

Carrot Weather - Our Favorite Weather App for Apple Watch

Waterminder - Water Intake Tracking App

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

David Sparks (Macsparky Blog)

Federico Viticci (Twitter | MacStories Blog)

Slack - Team Communication Tool

 

Dorico, featuring Daniel Spreadbury (Season 3, Episode 2)

Daniel Spreadbury, Product Manager of notation editor, Dorico, joins the show.

Once we got going, this conversation ventured into great detail on the subject of Daniel’s start at Sibelius, using the different modes of Dorico, user interface design, the challenges of software development, the future of Dorico on mobile, and much more.

Daniel’s articulate thought and meticulous attention to detail made this a really fun episode to record. You can hear Daniel’s inner nerd pour out over every side of the product. From the backend code, to the user experience, to the customer support.

Daniel Spreadbury

Twitter | Dorico | Blog

Show Notes:

Dorico YouTube Channel

Lynda.com

Cubase

Cubasis

Marco Arment

Overcast Podcast App

Forecast

My Book - Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers

Audio Hijack

Edit: Since recording, the Dorico Manual was released in PDF form. Download here.

Updating to iOS 11, with Friends, Chris Russell and Paul Shimmons (Season 3, Episode 1)

Paul Simmons and Chris Russell (Co-hosts of the Music Education Technology Podcast) join the show to talk about all of the new features in iOS 11. We touch on it all! The dock, multitasking, the new Files app, new Notes features, and even the iPhone X announcement. This is a great episode to listen to if you have seen Apple’s prompt to update and you are on the fence. We will walk you through all of the major changes, and how we are using them.

The Guests

Paul: Twitter | Blog

Chris: Twitter | Blog

Music Education Technology Podcast

Show Notes

Apple’s iOS 11 Page

MacStories iOS 11 Review

Amy Burns’s Post About 32 Bit Apps Leaving the App Store

My post about syncing a Logic file on a Mac with a GarageBand file on an iPad

Made with ARKit

Note! In our review of all the ways to launch an app into multitasking mode that is not on the dock, I forgot one. If a Bluetooth keyboard is attached to your iPad, you can press Command+Space to launch Spotlight, search for an app, start dragging the icon, and drop it into place next to your existing app. It isn’t pretty, but it works.

 

Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers Ch. 11 - Automation and Advanced Workflows, with Guest Craig McClellan (Season 2, Episode 11)

The epic conclusion of season two of Robby Burns + Friends has come! Thank you for listening to this season all about my book, Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers. The book was released one year ago this month. I have had an absolute blast interviewing music educators all year long on topics relating to organization and technology in the music classroom. Be sure to check out all of the other episodes in this series. Coming this week: Season 3! 

This week Craig McClellan, of The Class Nerd, joins the show to talk abut automation and advanced workflows. We will save you 1,000s of clicks!

Show Notes:

Craig McClellan

Craig on Twitter | The Class Nerd Blog | Craig’s Micro.blog

Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers

Buy from Oxford University Press | Buy from Amazon | Watch the Trailer

Mentioned this Episode:

My Blog Post “The Six Best Automation Apps for iOS

Drafts App

Markdown

Automating iOS: A Comprehensive Guide to URL Schemes and Drafts Actions - MacStories

Apple Acquires Workflow

Workflow App

Robby Burns + Friends Episode on the GTD Methodology and Task Apps…featuring Dr. Frank Buck

Marco Arment, developer of…Tumblr/Instapaper/Overcast

OmniGraffle Designing App

Link to Download My Workflow for Managing Seating Charts (Note: You must replace the PDF in this Workflow with your own seating chart if it is going to work)

My Blog Post on Using TextExpander in the Music Classroom

TextExpander

TextExpander for iOS

Bear Notes App

Evernote

IFTTT

Zapier

Launch Center Pro

Editorial iPad App

Fujitsu Scansnap Ix500

Hazel File Management App

Squarespace Websites

Pythonista for iPad

Lynda.com

 

Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers, Chapter 10 - Misc. Apps and Utilities, with Dr. Ken Elpus (Season 2, Episode 10)

This week Dr. Ken Elpus joins the show to talk about productivity apps and utilities that he uses to get his busy and multifaceted job done. Ken is the Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Maryland College Park. He is an absolute power user when it comes to leveraging his computer in amazing ways to better do his job!

Note: Around the 49 minute mark, Ken’s voice gets weird. Sorry.

Dr. Ken Elpus

Website | Twitter | UMD

Show Notes:

Apps Mentioned..

Audio Hijack - tool for rerouting the audio of your apps | Ulysses - Writing tool for Mac and iOS | Google Photos | Dropbox | Evernote | Waze - maps app with crowd sourced traffic data | Fantastical on Mac and iPhone - natural language input calendar app | OmniFocus - Robby and Ken’s task app of choice | Things - a beautiful and intuitive task app | Keynote | Canvas | Wuphf! | Unibox - organizes email by contact | AirMail - powerful mail client for Mac and iOS | Spark - Robby and Ken’s iOS mail client of choice | SaneBox - service that automatically sorts and organizes your mail | Slack - team communication tool | Remind - app for messaging students | Google Voice | Spotify | forScore | Notability | GoodNotes - note taking app for the iPad with presentation features | iAnnotate | Goodreader | Papers - Reference management software | Scrivener - authoring tool for Mac and iOS | DevonThink | Amphetamine - keeps your Mac awake | 1Password | Magnet and Moom - Window management utility for Mac | Roku | Plex | Boxer - MS Dos Machine | Dorico | MindNode | Alfred/Launchbar - Powerful Spotlight replacements | Screenflow/Tapes - screencast tools | Yoink | Transcribe App/Amazing Slow Downer - tools for slowing down, speeding up, transposing, and looping audio recordings | Taskclone - service that links your Evernote account with your task app

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