By Samantha Kolkey
As we all may know, there are literally applications for our phones, tablets and computers that will help with almost anything.
All of our students, as most people can relate to, are glued to their phones. If I can help them utilize their phones to support the development of executive functioning skills, to establish a routine or habit, to limit distractions, or provide other ways to study for their classes, then I am open to this technology.
I was recently working with a student who has executive functioning deficits and needed support in establishing a more independent morning routine, including a more effective alarm. A colleague suggested that I look at the app “Alarmy.” Alarmy allows the person to set their alarm with a choice of settings: Take a Picture, Solve Math Problems, and Shake Shake (where you must shake the phone a specific number of times for the alarm to turn off). This app helps decrease one’s tendency to snooze their alarm multiple times, and to not stay in bed for a long period of time. https://alar.my
Other apps to explore:
Streaks: This app helps in establishing habits. You can choose up to 12 tasks that you want to turn into daily habits. When it is checked off for the day, it creates a streak. The visual of the streak creates a sense of accomplishment, aiming to motivate the individual to continue with the task. If it is not checked off, the streak resets to zero. https://streaksapp.com/
Forest: Stay Focused, Be Present: For those who have trouble stepping away from the internet to complete a task, study session, etc. This app allows the user to create their own forest. You begin by planting a seed. Within the next 30 minutes, the seed will gradually grow into a tree. If you end up going to browse websites, the tree will wither away. You can even put specific websites that distract you most on a “Blacklist.” This app will help to cultivate effective time management, and can also be used to decrease dependency on the internet. https://www.forestapp.cc/en/
Quizlet: Supports studying on the go. You can get gentle reminders to study, see how you’re improving, and work in short study sessions. This allows you to create a study plan and can guide you through what and when to practice. https://quizlet.com/mobile
AudioNote: This app combines the function of a notepad and a voice recorder to save time and improve the quality of one’s notes. AudioNote will automatically index lectures, meetings, interviews, or study sessions. http://luminantsoftware.com/iphone/audionote.html
IntervalMinder: This app can be used to support one’s therapy and self-monitoring goals. It is very effective for monitoring breaks. https://notchlandlabs.wordpress.com/about-2/interval-minder/