The more pessimistic of my colleagues believe that school and bureaucracy go hand in hand, and there is no way to get things done efficiently, and even if there was, nobody would listen.
I disagree with these dark-cloud thoughts and I believe that technology is helping us set up better systems everyday that don’t rely on the approval of “higher ups.” Quick and easy automated processes can help us ease the burdens of all the countless things we have to do everyday, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t all be automating some of our more mundane tasks.
This is where IFTTT comes in. IFTTT takes two services that you use regularly and links them together using the simple formula “If This Then That”
Let’s take a look at a couple to see what the possibilities might be:
- If a photo on instagram has is tagged with a defined tag, then automatically save that photo to my dropbox.
- If I cross a certain intersection, then send an SMS to my family telling them I’m on my way home
- If I favorite a tweet, then save the link in the tweet to my Pocket account
- If a students sends homework by email, then automatically put the attachment into dropbox
The list goes on and on and on, so let’s take a look at how it’s done:
IFTTT is – of course – only useful to those who are already starting to embrace the services that IFTTT connects to. While they’re always growing, here I’ve included a handy chart of their current services:
If you can’t find at least a few things on there that you’re using regularly, then you’re probably new to EdTech.tv and I invite you to look around!
Here are a few of the services IFTTT offers which we’ve covered here:
So let’s get started with IFTTT and see what kind of magic we can create!!