We're in the early stages of the school year and student leaders are trying to figure out how to stay organized. They're shuffling through the stacks of unorganized paper, burger wrappers, and knick-knacks from the previous person in their position and wondering how to make sense of it all.
I just came across a FREE download of the FileMaker software that is aimed specifically at students. This software could be just the thing to conduct the organizational magic that you're looking for. It is the FileMaker Campus Productivity Kit.
This (did I mention FREE) software contains five modules that work together to organize and store information right on your desktop. The website explains each module this way...
- Managing Contacts
Use this module to manage all your contact information in one place. These contacts could be students, staff, administrators, department members, event participants, club members, etc. Track phone numbers, clubs and organizations associated with each person, multiple addresses, pictures and more!
- Organizing Research Material and Lecture Notes
Use the Notes Module to organize research materials, lecture notes, documents, images, and web content from Wikipedia in a single location. Plus, notes are searchable so you can find the information you need instantly.
- Tracking Group Projects and Assignments
Use the Projects Module to track projects and tasks. A project might have a number of tasks that you can assign to individuals with specific due dates.
- Coordinating Events and Registrations
Use the Events module to manage events and their attendees. Even send emails to groups of people at once for easy notification and follow up.
- Tracking and Prioritizing To-Do Lists
You can use this module to track and prioritize responsibilities for an unlimited number of tasks. Check off tasks as they're completed to track your progress. Plus, you can automatically add To-do items generated in the Notes and Projects module.
I've played around a bit with the program and here's what I think:
- Fairly intuitive interface. You can add as much or as little information as you need. The modules seem to work well with each other.
- It's on your desktop. This isn't a Web 2.0 program. The information is only available to those who are looking at your computer screen.
- I like the ability to print forms and lists both as pdf's and excel files!
- You can have multiple modules open at once to work quickly between them.
- This is FREE! If you want to edit the modules, you'll have to pay for the upgrade to the full version of FileMaker. But this product seems to do the trick for most students.
If you haven't clicked on the link already, then go here for the download.