PerfectRecall: Perfect for Zoom Meetings

I’m so excited that I stumbled upon this note taking shortcut this week. Perfect Recall “attends” your Zoom meetings to provide real-time transcription, note taking and even the ability to create excerpts by just highlighting the transcript. Even cooler? The tool is on sale (for just a few more hours!) from one of my favorite discount technology vendors: AppSumo. You’ll …

Four Ways to Improve an Image

We snap thousands of images a year on our phones, but few of them go anywhere. And the ones that do could use some upgrades to make them more interesting. Here are five tech tools to change your boring image. One: Take out the background You take an Instagram-worthy family portrait in front of a pile of dirty dishes. Time …

Clean Out Your Inbox Week

The last business week in January is Clean Out Your Inbox Week. Here are some special email tools to help: Spike I use the Spike email app daily. The reason I love it is because I don’t know about you but when I am on my phone, it’s hard for me to look at long emails and respond because of …

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Best Apps of 2020

Both Google Play and Apple App Store released their best apps lists this week, and it’s not a shock that big props went to several apps that focus on self care. Also not a shock… both companies chose Zoom. Google’s Pick: Loóna: Bedtime Calm & Relax Google Play named a sleep guidance app the Best App of 2020. Loóna (Google …

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Gratitude Apps

To help people during this insane year, this fall I developed a session called Tech Tools for Serious Self Care. I’m not one for touchy-feely apps, so I focused on techniques with solid science behind them. When I researched the reasons to practice gratitude, it was enough to convince me that I needed to take my own advice. This article …

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WeVideo, the Free Video Editing Software

[GUEST POST FROM INTERN JAMISON BARCELONA] My favorite free video editing software is called WeVideo; as a humble high school student, unwilling to shill out for software, this has quickly become my favorite tool. Pros: It’s a free and powerful software, it’s easy to use, it looks professional, and it comes with free stock images, videos, and soundtracks to use. …

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PhotoRoom App Review

I just love apps that do things instantly… and the new PhotoRoom app does just that. I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent trying to remove backgrounds from photos. Yes, I love remove.bg (photos) and unscreen.com (videos), for removing backgrounds online. But they require me to be in a browser, and sometimes I just want an app. PhotoRoom instantly …

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Two Alternatives to PowerPoint

For—I don’t know, 200 years?—the standard for presentations has been Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Ever since we dropped the overhead projector/transparency model, we’ve emphasized key points of our educational sessions with hard-to-read, badly designed bullet-point slides. Although PowerPoint is still the most popular program, it has become the software we love to hate. That’s why we’re always looking for alternatives. Prezi: Storytelling …

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Education Tools We Can All Use to Engage Online

I interviewed my sister, a middle school teacher, and her principal to discover great tech tools that schools are using to engage their students — ones that translate to the rest of us. First, watch the video here. And then come back here for the details. Pear Deck for Google Slides Activity Tool for Google Slidespeardeck.comFree basic version with individual …

Temporary Email Addresses to Manage Spam

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A page you visit teases you with an offer for a wonderful tip sheet, white paper or other resource, all for free if you just enter your email address. But your email address is one of the most valuable facts about you, and every time you give it out, you risk exposures …

My favorite app of 2020: Otter.ai

Well we’ve barely started the new year, but I’ve declared Otter.ai my very favorite app of 2020. Otter is a meeting recording tool that transcribes in real time, even sweeping back through the conversation using artificial intelligence to clean everything up. Then you can review the written notes and click through to hear the audio wherever you want. It will …