What is Trello?

Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. (Source)

Create a free account at trello.com

While I love using Evernote for taking and organizing my notes, Trello’s visual “bulletin board” full of notes is a great way to see the big picture:

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Examples of Trello in the Classroom

  1. This teacher uses Trello for Genius Hour.
  2. Group project in Sociology 101
  3. Lesson Planning
  4. Collaborative Syllabus
  5. More inspiration…

One important point is that Trello is fully functional on the iPad (and iPhone / Android) so this is something you could have your students use.

Final Thoughts

Like many free web tools, I am often skeptical if the product will last. However, Trello has been around since 2011 and it has a paid subscription version marketed towards businesses and corporations which will hopefully sustain the free model like Dropbox, Evernote or Slack.

It is possible to back-up all of your information in a JSON format which does calm some of my fears but while that particular file format would allow me to retrieve my data, it would not be very useful beyond that (it would not look like a nice list or spreadsheet – you need to pay for the business account to have those export options).

With that said, I plan to give Trello a try. I expect I will initially use it for planning or co-planning, eventually have students use it for a collaborative project and may even use it in my day to day life (maybe to plan and organize a home renovation project.)

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