Trello for DISTANCE LEARNING

Organization Matters!

Many of us are now educating our kids at home and keeping track of assignments, learning goals, logins, etc., can feel like a full-time job. We have enjoyed using Trello for business and decided to give it a try to manage our children’s education while they are learning at home.

Trello is a free tool that helps you organize and prioritize projects. Below is a Trello board, which contains lists (the columns) and cards (the modules in each column). You can easily drag cards from one list to another, and the cards open up to hold more information.

Trello is a free tool that helps you organize and prioritize projects. Below is a Trello board, which contains lists (the columns) and cards (the modules in each column). You can easily drag cards from one list to another, and the cards open up to hold more information.

We have decided to use a Trello board for each child, and we will walk you through some of the logic and features. We are sure this can be improved upon and would love suggestions, but for now, we just thought the idea might be helpful to some of you, even in this under-developed form.

Potential Pile List (feel free to improve upon these names!)

This column will contain any extra ideas for learning. If you get any ideas from Facebook, an email, Pinterest, your friend, and you think it could be a good fit for your child, throw it in this list! It’s essentially a dump list. You can store information and files within each card, more on that soon. If you decide to put one of these ideas into action, you can drag it over to the Action Steps list or place it into a checklist.

Passwords/Resources List

Self-explanatory!

Action Steps

We decided to organize this list day by day, but you can also add separate cards for something like a week-long project. Each card allows you to add a due date, so no deadlines are missed. Here is a screenshot of the inside of a card.

There are many cool features in these cards that we think could help manage school at home, but here are a few off the top of our head:

1. The ability to attach files to cards so that you have quick access to them, and they stay with the correct information.

2. Checklists for tasks. Everything Xavier was required to accomplish on Tuesday, is in this checklist.

3. Board collaboration. Share board access with your child and your partner if you have one. It’s excellent for teaching organizational skills, and kids seem to love to check off each task as it gets done.

4. You can forward an email, and it will automatically create a Trello card for you with all of the information in the email. If a teacher sends you an email with a large amount of information, this feature is beneficial.

5. Communicate on cards with whoever shares your board with you. You and your child or spouse can chat about a subject directly on the card it applies to, making sure all relevant information and conversation stay together.

Goals and Goals Completed

These lists are also pretty self-explanatory. We thought it would be a good idea to have a goal section to help with motivation. Once your child completes a goal, they can just drag it over to Completed Goals, where they can see everything they have accomplished, which can be a good motivator in times of discouragement.

GET IN TOUCH

The incredible thing about the internet is that we can work anywhere! Woodchuck Arts is geo-located in Newark, Ohio, Caledonia, MI and Toledo, OH. We serve clients from Seattle, Washington, to Washington D.C.

Email Heather at heather@woodchuckarts.com or call 724-281-0559
Email Erin at erin@woodchuckarts.com or call 616-528-2747

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