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Social media savvy TAFE students might be able to use IFTTT
to keep track of information relevant to their courses.
Over the past few months, I've had the opportunity to play with a web
service called IFTTT (If This, Then
That). It's pretty easy to use and can do some powerful things. And
its price falls right in my budget – free!
How does IFTTT work? It uses recipes to tie your computer services
(called channels) together. These channels have triggers, which result
in specific outcomes (called actions). For example;
TRIGGER: my Facebook profile photo changes
ACTION: my Twitter profile picture changes to that
Recently I created an automated travel journal for a family reunion
in the pipeline for next year. I used IFTTT to automate the gathering
and organisation of "memories" for my trip. I planned on
using IFTTT to automatically record my Foursquare check-ins and
Instagram photos into Tumblr blog.
Taking it one step further, I've been thinking that social media
savvy TAFE students might be able to use IFTTT to keep track of
information relevant to their courses.
You could create an Evernote
notebook just to record your TAFE information (maybe you're already
doing this). You could then set up Foursquare to record your check-ins
to this notebook, so that you'll have a record of when you've been on
campus. Your TAFE notebook won't become cluttered with all your
check-ins because you can set up IFTTT so that only check-ins tagged
with #TAFE will trigger this action.
Connect IFTTT to your Google Calendar. You can get Google Calendar to
feed reminders of assessment due dates to the Evernote notebook. And
you can set up IFTTT so a quick email will add assessment due dates to
the calendar. You might even want to get your calendar to send you an
email warning you a week before your assessment is due, or add a
reminder to your iPhone.
Connect your Dropbox to IFTTT. Have it set up so that an email you
send to IFTTT with an attachment will automatically add that
attachment to your TAFE folder – perfect for keeping your assessment
PDFs in one place. And of course, you can feed those PDFs back to your
Evernote TAFE notebook.
You can even set up IFTTT to monitor an RSS feed – such as the TAFE
Bytes blog – and add a note to your Evernote notebook with a URL to an
article every time an article gets posted by your favourite blogger (ahem).
Take a look at IFTTT and start thinking about how you can use it to
automate keeping track of your TAFE info. If you have a good idea of
how to use IFTTT, why not post it in the comments below? I'd love to
see what people come up with.