Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps

Use the best apps to organize & access your information from anywhere. Lower stress: never lose track of anything again.
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

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This course will show you how to use four excellent apps for managing your information, guide you through setting them up, and provide tips and best practices for using them.

The apps are: Dropbox (cloud storage), 1Password (secure password management), Wunderlist (to-do lists), and Evernote (store and search all your notes).

When you have these apps set up, you'll be able to sync your information between computers and mobile devices, and quickly access all of your information from anywhere. This is a key advantage of today's mobile devices – always having your information at your fingertips.

The course includes video demos, step-by-step worksheets, and quizzes on:

  • Setting up cloud storage: Dropbox.
  • Setting up a secure password system: 1Password.
  • Setting up to-do lists: Wunderlist.
  • Organizing a place for all of your notes: Evernote.
  • Using these apps together as a system for organizing your life.
  • Security and privacy: tips, best practices, and where to learn more.

Who this course is for:

  • Those who have an iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet and haven't had time to set up cloud storage, password managers, to-do lists, and notes that synchronize with desktop computers.
  • People who would like a good system for storing information digitally and being able to easily find it again.
  • Busy students or professionals who want to free up time to focus on the creative work they enjoy -- because they are no longer losing track of important information, due to lost papers, notebooks left at home, or lost photos on a damaged phone.

With this course you will

  • Save time.
  • Be more productive.
  • Manage your information effectively.
  • Access your information from anywhere.
  • Get the most from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Have a foundation for using other apps that connect with these in useful ways.
  • Reduce stress and focus on what's important in your life (now that your info is organized).

Enroll Now Having these systems set up will make all of your creative projects easier -- because you can easily find all of your information from anywhere.

What are the requirements?

  • You'll need an Android or iOS (Apple) smartphone or tablet.
  • You'll need a desktop or laptop computer.
  • You'll need the following free apps: Dropbox, 1Password, Wunderlist, Evernote.
  • You should know how to use the basic functions of your mobile device and how to install new apps.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • find your information from anywhere.
  • synchronize your information between desktop and mobile computers.
  • generate and use secure passwords.
  • automatically back up photos from your mobile devices.
  • create to-do lists that you can access on-the-go.
  • use the best apps for these purposes (iOS or Android).
  • use basic tips about security and privacy and know where to learn more.

Who is the target audience?

  • You want to finally get a handle on password management, to-do lists, photo backup, and notes.
  • You have an iPhone or Android smartphone and want to get the most from your device.
  • You are busy and haven’t had time to explore apps beyond those that came pre-installed.
  • You want a way to store information digitally and easily find it again.
  • You want to avoid the stress of not being able to find important information.
  • This course is not for you if you are already comfortable using Dropbox, 1Password, Wunderlist, and Evernote (or similar apps).

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

A few pointers on how to best navigate the course.


Introducing your instructor, Nicole Hennig.

2 pages

Here are a few things you need to know before getting started.

Section 2: Backup and Synchronize your Files with Dropbox

Learn why using cloud storage to synchronize files between mobile and desktop computers is so useful.


Where to find Dropbox and how their pricing options work. How much storage you get with a free vs. pro accounts.


How to copy files from desktop to mobile and vice-versa.


How to share files with others using Dropbox. Learn the difference between view-only and editing permissions.


Suggestions for the settings in Dropbox. (A silent video with visible instructions).


How to automatically backup your photos from your mobile device using background uploading.


How to share photos with others from Dropbox.


In early 2016 Dropbox discontinued their separate app for organizing photos. If you were using it, here's how to switch back to Dropbox itself for photo backups.


Worried about the security of cloud storage? You're not alone. There is no perfect security system, but there are some things you can do to protect your data. See the tips in this video.

3 pages

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

4 questions

Test yourself to see what you remember about Dropbox.

Section 3: Manage Your Passwords with 1Password

Why using a password manager is more secure than trying to remember lots of unique passwords, or re-using passwords on multiple sites.


How to find and install 1Password.


How to create new items for storing passwords or other information.


How to find and install browser extensions for auto-filling passwords.


How to add mobile widgets for auto-filling passwords.


Are you worried about the security of using an app like 1Password? Learn what security experts and organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have to say about this.


Where to get help with using 1Password and how to learn more about it.

4 pages

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

3 questions

Test your knowledge to see what you remember about 1Password.

Section 4: Create To-Do Lists with Wunderlist

Where to get Wunderlist. Why to use it.


How to create lists and items in your lists.


How to create sub-tasks for list items. How to view the items for "today" only.


How Wunderlist sysncs between desktop and mobile. Also, how to delete items.


How to share a list with a friend or family member.


What are some optimal settings for Wunderlist?


Tips for to-do lists in general.


Where to get help with using Wunderlist. Other recommended list apps and why you might want to use more than one list app.

3 pages

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

3 questions

Test your knowledge to see what you remember about Wunderlist.

Section 5: Organize Your Notes with Evernote

Why Evernote is a great place to store your important information, and keep it backed up and synchronized between your computers and mobile devices.


How to create different types of notes: text notes, camera notes, and audio notes.


How to find your private Evernote email address so you can email information to your Evernote.


How to create notebooks and how to group notebooks into stacks.


How to use tags to add multiple topics to each note, making it easier to find them when searching.


How to search your notes, syncing options, and settings to know about.


Using the web clipper and mobile widgets to easily save web pages into Evernote.


How to make shortcuts to frequently used notes. How to make different types of lists within a note, how to set reminders.


Ideas for ways to organize your notebooks in Evernote.


Using the geo-tags to find notes by the place they were created.


Where to get answers to questions about Evernote and some resources for learning more.

5 pages

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

3 questions

Test yourself to see what you remember about Evernote.

Section 6: Organize your life - putting it all together

Thoughts on what we've covered so far and the benefits of synchronizing your information between desktop and mobile.

1 page

Links to documents mentioned in the previous video.


Your feedback will help future students decide whether this course is right for them. Thanks!

Section 7: Additional materials
3 pages

If you still have concerns about security, read this for learning more. Use this to think through your own best practices for protecting the different types of information that you have.

Learning more about mobile apps for education
40 pages

View my slide deck if you're curious about why librarians are getting involved with using and recommending mobile apps .

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Instructor Biography

Nicole Hennig, User Experience Professional

Helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. She is the author of two books, Best Apps for Academics, and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage.

She offers a variety of instructional resources that bring people from novice to expert, and helps spark ideas for creative uses of mobile technologies.


She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. She has designed and conducted user experience research, usability tests, websites, web applications, and online instruction.


She has won several awards, including the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.

Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively.

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