Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: IFTTT

Today’s blog entry on using the AASL Best Websites in your schools and libraries focuses on IFTTT which stands for If This, Then That (https://ifttt.com/). The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee categorized this dynamic site as Social Networking and Communication in 2015. IFTTT puts the internet to work for you. Users can create “recipes” that connect two or more apps, websites, or products. Students and teachers can browse through curated recipes like Back to School, Outer Space, or Photo Enthusiast. IFTTT is a great way to jump start efficiency!

When users go into IFTTT they will encounter a myriad of options when it comes to connections. What does that mean? Connections like syncing a Pinterest Board to an Evernote account. This is only one of many options. If This, Then That offers so many recipes it can make a head spin. Below are a few more examples.

  1. Sync your Facebook account to update your WordPress blog with status information
  2. Save favorite tweets for future reading in apps like Pocket
  3. Pre-arrange Tweets and Facebook updates
  4. Learn when the International Space Station is overhead with the IFTTT Space Channel
  5. Add Movie Openings to your Google Calendar
  6. Get Center for Disease Control alerts about Zombies (or other important health-related needs)

Currently IFTTT offers 276 services with a searchable database of recipes as well as information on how to sync, link, and work with all of the different online sites and apps. This social networking and communication tool is taking device and tech syncing to entirely new level.

See the following video from the Tech Fifteen YouTube Channel for further information.

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Author: Heather Moorefield-Lang

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an associate professor at The University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. To see more of Heather’s work visit her website at www.techfifteen.com, email her at moorefield-lang@sc.edu, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.



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