Organize To-Do Lists w/ the Q System
Type of technology: Organization/Productivity
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: 4-12
Subject area: Any/All
Student productivity, organization and self-monitoring is a focus for many of our classrooms. The use of To-Do list apps is an effective way for your 1:1 classrooms to stay on track. Some of the best to-list apps that I’ve found are Wunderlist, Anylist, and Habitica.
Whichever to-do list your students are using to stay on track, it probably has a search feature. The Q System is a hack that you and your students can use to organize your work. The idea is simple, type a code before each list item according to this code:
QM = Monday
QT = Tuesday
QW = Wednesday
QR = Thursday (you could use QH if you have a lot of list items that refer to QR Codes, but that is probably very few of us)
QF = Friday
After that, the items on your list become instantly searchable by due date without the additional customization of setting dates and times.
Simply type QM into the search bar of your digital to-do list and all of your Monday activities will appear. Because there are no words in English that use a letter q not followed by a letter u, the search feature will not get confused and present superfluous items.
This method has helped myself and my students with recurrent to-do list items. We set up our weekly tasks once with a Q-Code and reuse it each week. Just type in the Q-Code and that day’s tasks appear in a focused and manageable list.
Hopefully, this gives you some great ideas about how you can code your students work for easy searchability.