Wunderlist for Keeping Students on Task
Type of technology: To-Do List
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: 3-12
Subject area: Any
Using a shared to-do list gives students the autonomy to choose how they spend their time and provides the accountability teachers and parents want.
In our sixth grade class, we use an app called Wunderlist. At the beginning of the day, I display the days to-do list. It is a list of the things that the students need to do, and finish for that day. The students copy this list for themselves. For a differentiated classroom, it may be beneficial to post different lists for different groups on the board. The great thing about Wunderlist, is that the lists the students create can be shared. In our class it is a requirement that the students share their list with me, and I’ve encouraged parents to join the list as well.
Students title the list with their first name, then the date. As the students work through their list and check things off, a notification is set off within the app for all of those whom with the list is shared.
On the teacher screen, a list of the students’ to-lists, alphabetized by students’ first names, shows how many items are left on that list for the day. I can easily tap on any list and see what the student has and has not finished that day. This is a quick and efficient way to see who may need some extra support and who may need to refocus.
The next day, the students leave on their list any work that was not finished, change the title of the list to the current date, and then add the new day’s assignments.
This has been an excellent tool for students who need help focusing, students who are fast finishers and need to know what to work on next, and for me to keep students accountable for their productivity.