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What are the uses of Squareleaf?


The main use of Squareleaf is to allow people greater organization of their lives using online technology. People who like to be prepared for the happenings in their lives often use sticky notes to remind themselves of things they need to do, and Squareleaf is a website that provides everyone with their own personal whiteboard and allows you to post and arrange free sticky notes online, accessible at any time.

What does it do?


Essentially an online organizer, Squareleaf allows anyone to jot down tasks, lists, information, or events on a simple whiteboard without fear of losing it in the clutter of their lives.  Squareleaf also lets the user save their work so that it can be easily accessed the next time it is needed.


                                         

Who uses Squareleaf?


Squareleaf is used by people of many different ages ranging from elementary school children to businessmen and women. Though these different groups of people will use the site for different purposes, they each have the same motivation to be on the site: organization. School children can organize their homework while businessmen and women can organize their to-do lists with ease. Anyone with Internet access and a desire to stay on top of their daily lives can simply log on to Squareleaf and do just that.

I. History                  


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I.1. Development

Squareleaf.net was launched on Thursday, November 19, 2009 by software engineer Steve Claridge. His blog, http://www.steveify.com/, offers insight into his own personal experience while creating his website as well as ideas for future website creators. In his blog he describes his motivation for creating Squareleaf as such:

I built Squareleaf to scratch my own itch. I’ve been using online to-do lists for a while but the usual list style is frustrating because you have to click-to-edit, then click-to-rearrange and then click-to-save. We do Agile software development at work and we have a whiteboard a post-it notes to manage the scrums – I wanted something like that for my to-do lists and Squareleaf is the result.

           -http://www.steveify.com/get-stuff-done/squareleaf-online-notes-to-do-list-organiser-and-more/

I.2. How does Squareleaf work?

Squareleaf works as a personal post-it board.  With the ability to post your very own sticky notes in different shapes and colors, this application helps to keep even the busiest of students well organized.  By keeping the website up during a busy day, one can easily pull up their sticky note wall and post quick reminders to keep themselves on track throughout the day.  Also, by being able to delete a sticky note, the user can easily delete any old notes that are either already past, or have already been completed.  The ability to easily manage your everyday note taking process by cleaning up the clutter of real paper notes, and replacing them with virtual notes, this website easily takes the place of the now out dated yellow sticky note.

Below is a tour illustrating how to use this application and how to create your own Squareleaf page.


Squareleaf works as a personal post-it board.  With the ability to post your very own sticky notes in different shapes and colors, this application helps to keep even the busiest of students well organized.  By keeping the website up during a busy day, one can easily pull up their sticky note wall and post quick reminders to keep themselves on track throughout the day.  Also, by being able to delete a sticky note, the user can easily delete any old notes that are either already past, or have already been completed.  The ability to easily manage your everyday note taking process by cleaning up the clutter of real paper notes, and replacing them with virtual notes, this website easily takes the place of the now out dated yellow sticky note.

I.3. Additional Information about Squareleaf

Pros

Cons

Free, easy to access, and simple to use

Attachment of pictures or videos capability is not available

Offers a tour to teach you the skills needed to create your virtual post-it notes

No real-time sharing of your Squareleaf board--can give other
people your e-mail and password, but you can’t have an open
url for everyone to update

No maximum character limit for each note

Unable to send messages to other Squareleaf users

Able to move the notes around and change the colors for enhanced organization

Unable to access your whiteboard from your desktop

Organize multiple or single events in an aesthetically pleasing and concrete manner

 

Alternate to list-making and reduces the clutter of tangible post-it notes

 

Can teach people how to stay organized and time management skills

 

Can be used by everyone who needs to stay organized, from students
to businessmen to moms who all need to stay on top of their day

 

Accessible from any computer, not limited to specific areas where post-it notes are kept

 

Capable of accessing and editing saved notes

 

 
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II. How does Squareleaf relate to other Applications?


II.1. Comparison to Competitors

Squareleaf bears a shocking resemblance to Listhings (http://listhings.com).  Squareleaf and Listhings basically have the same application with a different looking interface.  The Listhings interface looks more like a bulletin board while Squareleaf has a simple white background. Similar features include:

  • Simple dashboard to create and edit your text notes online.
  • Automatically saves notes.
  • Re-size and organize your notes by color.
  • Drag and drop interface.

  
                                                 

Squareleaf is similar to a website called Pindax (http://www.pindax.com/), which allows the user to create and manage their sticky notes, but also includes additional features, such as group managing notes. Pindax is essentially a group version of Squareleaf monitored by an administrator. The main features of Pindax include:

  • Create interactive message boards.
  • Add message boards to your website.
  • Real-time chat and discussion.
  • Post text, images, files, videos, tasks and polls.
  • Send posts via email and get reply notifications.
  • Easily embeddable via widget / API.

                                                         

Squareleaf is also comparable to WallWisher (http://www.wallwisher.com/), though WallWisher seems to be more advanced with many more options than its competitor - Squareleaf.  After looking at the features of WallWisher, it seems their major adaptation is that the board can be shared with others if need be and can also allow images and videos as well as text into their wall.  The features of WallWisher are the following:

  • Create interactive notice boards online.
  • Customize boards with a custom background, title and background images.
  • Allow users to add sticky notes with text, images and videos.
  • Set preferences on who can edit and view the board.
  • Drag and drop notes anywhere on the board.
  • Sign-in using their Google accounts.
  • Share boards with others.

                                                       

Squareleaf basically works like many other sticky note applications, another one of which is the Windows 7 sticky note application.  This application is more advanced than Squareleaf and it allows one to create sticky notes that can be placed anywhere and everywhere.  While Windows 7 does allow you to do more within the application, this does not mean that Squareleaf is a waste; this website has its own personal feel to it because you have your own little page to put notes on as opposed to your desktop that anyone might see.

II.2. Unique Uses

 
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III. Real World Applications

This site can also be suited in a business setting by allowing workers to prioritize their work and will also allow for a less cluttered desk without post-it notes to make it look untidy, which can also disappear without you realizing it.

Squareleaf is a very useful tool that can help someone with organization. For years people have used sticky notes, but the problem is they are not 100% reliable! Squareleaf is a site that manages your "sticky notes" without the fear of ever losing them. This application can be used for students needing an everyday schedule, business men for meetings and projects, moms that need to prioritize their busy days, and everyone else that would like a nice easy way to put their days in order.

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III.1. Educational Lesson Plans
i. Kindergarten Lesson Plans

Title:

Learn Your Colors!

Grade:

Kindergarten

Overview:

Kindergarten children will learn the basic colors of the rainbow in this exercise and be able to point them out when prompted. Using an interactive whiteboard showing Squareleaf, the students will identify which color name corresponds to each sticky note. At the end of the lesson, the students will color a picture of an outside scene using the correct coloring that they have learned.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish the basic colors from each other with the aid of Squareleaf.
  • Recognize the colors in everyday life.

Document:

Learn Your Colors!

PDF:

Learn Your Colors!

ii. Elementary Lesson Plans

Title:

Story Writing

Grade:

4-5th

Overview:

This lesson is intended for students in grades 4-5 to learn how to write a well-developed narrative using Squareleaf. Using the site, the students will design an outline for their story, making sure to include all parts of the story, i.e. orientation, resolution, etc. Each part will be represented by a different color of note on the site.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Write an outline in 40 minutes using Squareleaf.
  • Design a story and incorporate all the necessary parts.

Document:

Story Writing  

PDF:

Story Writing

Title:

Plants and Their Properties (STEM Lesson)

Grade:

3rd

Overview:

This lesson was created for 3rd grade students in order for them to fully understand the manner in which to correctly use the scientific method through an experiment determining the basic physiology of plants.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic physiological needs of plants and how each factor contributes to the plant’s survival.
  • Describe the main components of the scientific method and what should be included in each.
  • Understand how to use their current knowledge to create a hypothesis, predict what will happen, collect evidence, and interpret data using Squareleaf.

Document:

Plants and Their Properties

PDF:

Plants and Their Properties

Title:

Fur, Gills, or Wings? (STEM Lesson)

Grade:

5th

Overview:

Students will fully understand the differences between mammals, fish, and birds by using Squareleaf.net to organize and classify each one by their distinguishing characteristics.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Effectively use Squareleaf.net for future projects and develop organizational skills.
  • Explain the three different types of animals and their unique characteristics.
  • Describe how each of these animal classifications survive using their distinct evolutionary adaptations.
  • Understand the different ways each group reproduces and the effect that it has on the parent-offspring dynamics.

Document:

Fur, Gills, or Wings?

PDF:

Fur, Gills, or Wings?

iii. Secondary Lesson Plans

Title:

Roles of the U.S. Government

Grade:

8th

Overview:

Students will fully understand how the three divisions of the U.S. government (legislative, executive, and judicial) divide their power and the manner in which they each work together and separately.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the three different branches of the government and their characteristics.
  • Describe how each of the three branches divide their power as well as how they share it.
  • Understand the mechanisms of checks and balances and how each branch works with the others in order to maintain social order.

Document:

Roles of the U.S. Government

PDF:

Roles of the U.S. Government

Title:

Skillful Speeches

Grade:

11th

Overview:

Students will prepare a persuasive speech on a topic chosen by themselves as well as analyze the speeches of their peers based upon the effectiveness of their presentation. Their speech will be organized and drafted multiple times during the lesson using Squareleaf to receive credit for the assignment.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the developmental process that goes into creating an effective presentation through the use of Squareleaf.
  • Utilize pathos, logos, and ethos to successfully sway their viewers toward their point of view.
  • Formulate thoughtful judgments about the effectiveness of their peers’ speeches.
  • Present information in front of the class in a clear and confident manner with little or no use of written prompts.

Document:

Skillful Speeches

PDF:

Skillful Speeches

iv. Post Secondary Lesson Plans

Title:

Revealing Religions

Overview:

The students will understand the main tenants of Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam using Squareleaf.net to construct an outline of each. Afterward, they will write an essay based around the points made in their outline.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Effectively use Squareleaf to create an outline.
  • Explain the philosophy of all three religions.
  • Describe the prominent figures within each religion and how they are important.
  • Observe the parallels between the religions.
  • Include all of the important attributes listed above within their Squareleaf page in a clear manner so that the rest of the class will be able to understand the flow of information.

Document:

Revealing Religions

PDF:

Revealing Religions

Title:

Decomposing Mathematics (STEM Lesson)

Overview:

Students will use Squareleaf.net to decompose a chosen mathematical process in order to explain the procedure to the rest of the classroom.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Utilize Squareleaf in an efficient manner.
  • Effectively explain the process that goes into a mathematical equation.
  • Describe each step of a math equation and why the stage is necessary to accurately compute the answer.

Document:

Decomposing Mathematics

PDF:

Decomposing Mathematics

Title:

Organ Organization (STEM Lesson)

Overview:

Students will develop their understanding of the different organ systems within the human body: the mechanisms within, the main functions, and their connectedness with the other systems. Squareleaf will be used to plan a speech as well as be used within a PowerPoint presentation as a guide for the class.

Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Organize the body systems using Squareleaf.net.
  • Discern the key differences between the organ systems.
  • Describe how and when the organ systems work with each other in order to complete certain body functions.
  • Explain how each organ system works and why it is necessary.

Document:

Organ Organization

PDF:

Organ Organization

III.2. Business/Industry Setting

Working in a business setting always entails paperwork, meetings, important dates, and many other events that require a list to keep track of. While a person could write down every single one of those tasks on little post-it notes (that fall off easily) or on a calendar (that fills up too quickly), Squareleaf is a much more efficient way to keep everything in order. Easy to access and easy to use, Squareleaf can allow people in the business profession to stay well organized and punctual. The site can organize each event by color, size, or position and any of the notes can be deleted with the click of a button. Thus, when an event has passed, you can simply delete the note and re-arrange the remaining notes if necessary.

Another function of Squareleaf in the business setting is for group management. A manager could employ different workers for different tasks and keep tabs on each employee and what they are assigned to do. For example, if one employee is assigned to placing business calls while another is sent to work on community outreach, they can report to their boss and he or she can log what they have accomplished onto Squareleaf. In this situation, it could also be a shared whiteboard between the group members where they can each log on under a shared e-mail address and update their work as it happens.

In either case, Squareleaf is optimal for use within a business setting because it is handy for any sort of organizational purposes. Be it for punctuality, group management, or even just to separate one’s personal life from their work life, Squareleaf can easily solve any business-related problems of disorganization.

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IV. Demonstration of Educational Value

Squareleaf is free and thus well-suited for classroom use. Squareleaf can help students manage their individual tasks (such as homework, upcoming projects, etc) or even for group tasks (can use different colors for who is assigned to what section of a project or anything along those lines).

Squareleaf can be used in classrooms in many inventive ways.  You could use this in a kindergarten classroom by letting students experiment with the 2 shapes included - rectangle and square.  They can also use it explore colors and shapes.  In older primary classrooms it could be used as a means for students to write down their homework for the week or their to-do lists that can then also be seen by the parents.  Teachers would be able to incorporating technology in the classroom while getting simple tasks completed.  Students in grades 1 and 2 could also use it to see how squares and rectangles are tessellating shapes.

Squareleaf can be used as a tool to help plan and execute in the design process.  For example, there are several processes used for engineering and design that involve anywhere from 4 to 18 steps.  The students would plan what steps they would take in order to complete each design process step.  Not all steps are planning, however the students could then write about what went well and what they would do differently next time.  The sticky notes and drag and drop function will make it easy for the students to keep their notes organized for a lab report at the end of the project.  Since it is all online, the student would be able to access their notes at home to write their report.

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V. How is Squareleaf used Internationally?

Squareleaf was created by a web designer in the United Kingdom, meaning that in America, we are using it internationally.  According to a January 2009 post from Steve Claridge's Twitter.com account, "support for foreign text [is] coming soon."  However, since the site is written in English, it is best if the users know English.  This tool can be used anywhere there is an internet connection that can reach the Squareleaf server; therefore, notes can be made in one country and read in another country.  The widespread accessibility is beneficial for travel, especially if you are unable to take your personal computer with you and must use public computers instead.  In a nutshell, this organization tool will always be there for you.

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VI. References


The following are references that were used while compiling information about Squareleaf:

Barker, P. (2010). Pindax.com - Stick Your Messages Online. Retrieved from http://www.killerstartups.com/Web-App-Tools/pindax-com-stick-your-messages-online.

Byrne. (2009). Squareleaf - Your Online Sticky Note System. Retrieved from http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/12/squareleaf-your-online-sticky-note.html

Claridege, S. (2010, January 16). Support for foreign text coming soon. Code finished and just testing it now. [Twitter post]. Retrieved from http://twitter.com/Squareleaves/

Claridge, S. (2009, November 9). Squareleaf: Online notes, to-do list, organiser and more. Message posted to http://www.steveify.com/get-stuff-done/squareleaf-online-notes-to-do-list-organiser-and-more/

Goldsmith, J. (2010). SQUARELEAF: Free, Online Message Board. Retrieved from http://www.detools.ca/?p=2807

O’Neill, M. (2010). Squareleaf: Post Notes On A Personal Whiteboard Online. Retrieved from http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/squareleaf-personal-whiteboard/

RogerH. (2009). Squareleaf.net - A Way To Organize Just Everything. Retrieved from http://www.killerstartups.com/Web-App-Tools/squareleaf-net-a-way-to-organize-just-everything#ixzz0lPo2LOkq

 
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