Trello: Organize your staff, eliminate unneeded stress

Matthew LaPorte, Co-President

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I have spent quite a bit of time trying to keep myself and my staff organized. We have used Google Calendars, Edmodo Calendars, Schoology Calendars and the traditional “bulletin board” in the classroom. A number of them have been moderately successful, but never truly met the needs of either the yearbook or the online news site. I had read about the online program, Trello, online, including recently on the JEA Digital Media website, but was hesitant to try another tool.

Trello is a free web-based organization tool that allows students to post their assigned tasks and for editors to monitor their progress. This program also offers an iPad and Android-based app.

Trello is a free web-based organization tool that allows students to post their assigned tasks and for editors to monitor their progress. This program also offers an iPad and Android-based app.

 

I can now attest that this is a tool worth perusing.

Trello will take the headache of trying to monitor the status of tasks for either your newspaper or your yearbook and decrease them at least in half. Each student can access the publication’s board and can move their “tasks” into the predetermined categories of “To Do,” “Doing,” and finally “Done.” An editor can be assigned administrative rights to monitor the posts, assign individual’s to tasks, and award virtual stickers, including the trusty “Golden Star” or an alarm clock to indicate a missed deadline.

The best part of this program is that it can be accessed through an app. Now, instead of having to wait until the next class to update the physical bulletin board in the classroom, or trying to log-in on a mobile browser to a website that is not mobile friendly, the students can simply click on the app, update their task, and move about their day.

While this may not work for every staff, it is definitely worth a trial run over Winter Break.

 

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About Matthew LaPorte

Matthew LaPorte is the current adviser of the Southwest Shadow online news site and The Howl yearbook at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. He is also the co-President of SNSJ. One of his goals as a founding member of SNSJ is to help create a network of students and advisers who can share their expertise and share the benefits of participating in scholastic journalism in Southern Nevada. When he is not working, Matt enjoys heading off to The Pearl or to The Joint to relive his teenage years rocking out.