Trello helps you organise yourself and your various projects. You can either use it on your own or invite your friends and family, classmates and project team members to work together on different ‘boards’ that you choose to set up in there. Never again get lost in a team project and fall behind on your tasks, forget an assignment that’s due, or even forget to book those concert tickets!
The Trello app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Microsoft Store. You can also access Trello on your computer via a browser. Any edits you make to any of your Trello boards on any device will sync right across all of your devices. And the best part - Trello is totally free!
Within Trello, you can set up as many boards as you wish, each of which can represent a specific project or even a personal ‘To Do’ list.
Within each board you create lists that represent your work flow, such as ‘to do’, ‘doing’, ‘done’, and ‘links to research’ for example, before creating cards within each list which represent individual tasks that need to be completed.
Take 5 minutes to watch this demo video made by the Trello team.
It will show you very quickly how to do everything you’ll need to do and demonstrates just how flexible Trello really is.
The following sections explain how Trello can help Visual learners, Auditory learners, Read/Write learners, and Kinesthetic learners access and engage with information, and demonstrate your understanding of it. If you do not know what your preferred learning style is, go to the student page and take the short questionnaire linked to there and read how understanding your preferred style can help you personalise your learning.
Trello will really help you, a visual learner, access and engage with all of the information associated with any project that you’re trying to manage either for yourself or for a team of classmates.
Seeing the project broken up into individual tasks and set out in lists that represent the workflow of the project will help you visualise the project as a whole and help you understand the individual tasks that need to be undertaken.
Being able to drag and drop task cards between lists as you work on them will help you visualise the progress you are making on the project too,
while creating coloured ‘labels’ and applying them to different task cards will also help you to arrange the tasks visually in terms of what’s important etc.
Read this section or listen to the audio below to learn about Trello and Auditory leaning possibilities.
You can choose to download the Transcript here too.
For learners whose preferred learning style means that they like reading words and tend to make lists and write notes and diaries, Trello will really help you to access information easily and engage with it effectively. Being able to arrange tasks in lists and input detailed information about the task on each card, including checklists and due dates, will appeal to you as a learner. Being able to add subsequently additional comments to each task card will help you express your understanding, opinions, thoughts, ideas, and decisions easily. Because Trello syncs between all of your devices and you can add to it from anywhere whenever you need it, scraps of paper covered in lists and thoughts be gone!
Trello may not help Kinesthetic learners personalise their learning as much as it can auditory, visual and read/write learners. However, you do like to use pictures and photographs to illustrate concrete real life issues and within Trello you can easily attach photos to task cards. As such, if you are using Trello to help you organise and track projects or assignments, you will be able to use it effectively to help express your ideas and influences, as well as your understanding of listed tasks and your overall progress with them.
Does Trello provide opportunities for you to communicate and/or collaborate?
Yes absolutely! In fact it was built with communication and collaboration in mind. You can invite anyone to see, and use, any board that you set up in Trello, so it’s perfect for organising and managing team-based projects and assignments. Furthermore, boards can be made public if you’re interested in sharing your board with a wider audience. Task cards, can be assigned to different team members, and can contain different types of information about that task such as text, checklists, images, video, links, due dates, and other attachments. Team members can comment on the cards to help them communicate with each other about that specific task and, if you use ‘@username’ while commenting, your comments will be sent as an email to that individual user ensuring they don’t miss your comment. You can also subscribe to any card to receive notifications when that card has been updated in any way by another team member. It couldn’t be easier to manage a team of people and stay in touch about a project and in such an organised way too.
Alternative Apps to check out
If you don’t like Trello, there are other apps available that do similar things. Try Wunderlist, Toodledoo or Asana all of which are available from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Create a Trello account
Log in and create a board for an assignment you are working on currently
Create a to do list and create task cards for everything you’ve yet to do
Label the tasks different colours to signify which you need to tackle first
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