If This Then That…Connecting Tech Tools & Saving Time

Time is the biggest hurdle most teachers face, so I understand why many teachers are daunted by the prospect of integrating a range of web tools and apps into their methodology and practice. I’ve embraced a tool belt approach to technology integration instead of adopting a do-it-all learning management system. I prefer using specific tools for specific jobs, but it would be nice if some of those individual tools worked together in harmony to save me time. I literally squealed with excitement when I heard about If This Then That.

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If This Then That (IFTTT) really does put the internet to work connecting different services and tools. Users create “recipes” that link different tools allowing them to work together. Each recipe creates a chain reaction where one thing leads automatically to the next. The genius lies in the simplicity!

Users create an IFTTT account and click “Create” at the top of the screen. Then they need to select the ingredients for their recipe. First, click the blue “THIS” to select the first ingredient (web tool or app).

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*Note: This is not the complete list.

I have a YouTube channel where I record vocabulary and writing videos that I wanted to post directly to our class blog. IFTTT makes it possible to link my YouTube and Blogger account, so any videos I upload are automatically posted on our class blog.

I began by clicking on the YouTube icon.

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Once I clicked “YouTube,” I had to choose a “trigger.” I was able to decide which videos would be automatically added to our blog.

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After the trigger has been activated, I had to select an “action channel” where the chain reaction would occur.

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Note: This is not a complete list.

I clicked the Blogger icon and selected the “action.” I decided that each new video should appear as a regular blog post.

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When my recipe was complete, I decided to whip up a few more!

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I had so much fun cooking up my recipes that I had to share it with other educators who are worried about juggling a variety of web tools and apps.

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5 Responses to If This Then That…Connecting Tech Tools & Saving Time

  1. Patrick Reid says:

    Great post. Your explanation of IFTTT was super easy to follow. I am trying to make a string to automatically send my students their results from taking a quiz on Google Forms that was graded by Flubaroo. Have you ever seen of know how to make a IFTTT string like that? Any suggestions would be great! Thank you.

    • Hi Patrick,

      I’m glad to hear my explanation was easy to follow. It’s such an intuitive tool to use. I have not tried a string as elaborate as what you are describing with IFTTT. It would be nice to automate that. I can look into it.

      I do know that you can install FormEmailer (ValMerge is another option) script onto a spreadsheet and send results that way. It is not automated, but it isn’t a huge time drain. If you haven’t used FormEmailer, I wrote a blog with a screencast embedded in it that walks you through setting it up. That may be a possible alternative is IFTTT doesn’t work they way you are describing.

      Good luck! I will let you know if I figure something else out.


    • Gordon Sakaue says:

      I came to Catlin’s site mainly to see what news she has been posting, but can add a bit of info. Sat in on a Flubaroo workshop last fall, and also was looking at the Flubaroo short tutorial online. http://www.flubaroo.com/flubaroo-user-guide If students enter their emails as part of the quiz in a Google Form, the Flubaroo script executes the e-mail for you!

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