Beesy - Take meeting notes with automated To-Do list and Task / Project management

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Complex, potentially overwhelming project-management tool.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to effectively manage to-do lists, notes, and projects in one place. The app can also help kids break down large assignments into smaller to-do lists and connect collaborators who might be working on the same project. With Beesy - Take meeting notes with automated To-Do list and Task / Project management kids can connect different types of information into singular projects to help ideas stream more succinctly, though the sheer number of features and the challenging interface may not be user-friendly for all kids.

Ease of Play

Might be complicated for some learners because of its variety of input and output options. At any one time, kids can click on over a dozen options, which may be overwhelming for some.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beesy - Take meeting notes with automated To-Do list and Task / Project management is a productivity tool designed primarily for businesses who want to connect their clients' projects, to-do lists, and meeting notes, but kids might use it to organize school projects. In-app purchases get you more features for exporting and importing documents. It's available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. Users must create an account to use the tool, and the developer is given rights to all content created. To find out more about the types of information collected and shared, read the app's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

When opening BEESY - TAKE MEETING NOTES WITH AUTOMATED TO-DO LIST AND TASK / PROJECT MANAGEMENT, users are prompted to create an account, which will then help them share notes and tasks with peers. An on-screen tutorial appears after kids create an account with example notes and projects preloaded. Kids can create a project by selecting the Project icon at the bottom of the dashboard, which displays a calendar with active due dates, organized by urgency and deadline. Once the project tab is open, users can add tasks, deadlines, comments, drawings, hyperlinks to websites, directions to a location, meeting information, and a question, thought, audio note, or photograph. When using the Notes feature, students can include the same features and can then attach them to specific projects, or they can upload content created using the Livescribe 3 pen. When connected to other users, kids can see tasks that their peers or group members are completing toward a finished project, or they can share tasks that they may have run out of time to complete. A Web-based support guide is available in addition to a tutorial, video library, FAQ, and user forum.

Is it any good?

A thorough project-management tool that offers a wide variety of input options, this app provides an opportunity for all learners, especially those with diverse learning needs, but may be overwhelming to others. The interface is busy and includes lots of text, which may be off-putting for kids with visual-processing delays or language-processing disorders. The tool automatically organizes tasks based on due dates and priorities and lists them cleanly on the dashboard, which may be useful for kids who need specific help putting tasks in order to complete a larger project. Also, kids can use the online help available through the settings tab to get more acquainted with the program.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about time-management skills with kids. Discuss how to take a large project and create smaller due dates for parts of it to keep kids on track for completion.

  • Practice using tools such as the app by breaking down chores or home projects and sharing tasks with different family members. For instance, if a party needs to be planned, one family member can be in charge of preparing food, while another might be in charge of getting decorations. Being as specific as possible might help kids pay attention to detail when breaking down their own projects into smaller tasks.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, set objectives, time management, working efficiently
    Collaboration: group projects
  • Price: $5.99 with in-app purchases
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: January 9, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 99.20 MB
  • Publisher: BeesApps
  • Version: 2.50
  • Minimum software requirements: 7.0 or later

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