EdTech You Should Know – Episode 15 – WhatsDue App
Host: Jeff Herb (@InstTechTalk)
WhatsDue is a free app that allows teachers to create courses and then post assignments/due dates so that their students can keep track those due dates as they approach.
Here’s how you can make the most of the app (as listed in the tutorial on the site):
Add the courses you teach
Add as many upcoming assignments as you can. The more you add, the more your students and/or parents will know in advance.
Invite students and/or parents to use WhatsDue. Just hit the “Invite” button and enter the email addresses of everyone you think should know what assignments are coming up. The email will contain the course code that the students and/or parents will need in order to join the class.
Also, every time you add, update, or delete an assignment, everyone who joined your class will get a push notification. Keep this in mind before you make changes.
The service was extremely easy to setup – it took me about 3 minutes, most of which was reading time so I knew the functionality of the site. Once you’re setup, students can download the app to access the due dates and assignment information.
Support seems to be readily available – Aaron, the creator I presume, has linked multiple ways to contact him should you need it.
I’ve heard from many that they are going to do district-wide implementations of this app in the coming year. This is definitely worth checking out.