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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 …

Free and Discounted Tech during the crisis

Amid all the chaos of the pandemic, some of my favorite tech companies are giving away and discounting their products. Now’s a good time to try some things out and take advantage of discounts. Know of any others? Please add in the comments. I’ll keep this updated as I see more. Focus@Will: Half off all plansFocus@Will is a site with …

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 …

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Recipe Collection Apps: Your View

A random email from a community member sparked a fascinating conversation on Facebook about where to store recipes. Here’s the quick reference guide to all the ideas: Original Note: “I have long used (years) an app called Pepperplate to store my recipes. Pepperplate has been a free app that was supported by advertising. This month, they have decided to reinvent …

4 Apps to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Did you promise to stop smoking? Exercise more? Break your smartphone addiction? Choose one of these tools by your personality type. The Bling SeekerHabitica: Gamified Habit-Forming Tool If you’re motivated by gold stars and “winning,” Habitica may be for you. The system is set up like a video game where you conquer little monsters to meet daily goals and establish …

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Apps for Your Holiday Greetings

As always, we want to thank our nerdy community for a great year and wish you a happy holiday season… so why not do it with a video? Or several? Here are some great ways to make holiday videos in a snap for social media or marketing. I have paid versions of all of these tools because they’re worth it. …

Five Ways to Save Money on Flights

On your next flight, you could sit next to someone who is paying hundreds of dollars less than you to go to the same place. These tools even the playing field when it comes to finding the best prices for travel. For fun, I put most of these into a quick video. Hopper: Travel Shopping App to Find the Best …

Create a Will and Help a Charity: Giving Docs

Giving Docs Online Will Creation for Charity Planned Giving Campaigns While I was working on The BIGGER Book of Apps a couple of weeks ago, I stopped in the middle of a sentence in the section about getting your affairs in order because I was excited to craft my very first Last Will and Testament. It took me two minutes. …

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Apps to Get Your Affairs in Order

When Mom died, she had emails in her inbox that went unanswered because we didn’t have any passwords. No one likes to talk about passwords before we pass away, but these tools can help make things easier for your loved ones to manage your digital life. Everplans End-of-Life Document and Information Organizer You’ll be doing your family members a favor …

Get Rid of Junk Mail

You can call it kitchen table spam, birdcage liners or plain old junk mail. But whatever you name the piles of catalogs and mailers that fill up your mailbox, you probably don’t want it in your house. These tools help you dump the junk snail mail and find your kitchen table again. PaperKarma: Junk Mail Eliminator After some ups and …

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Learn a New Language Your Way

The best language-learning tool in the world is like the best diet in the world. There are lots of good ones, but the best one is the one that works best for you. Before you choose one, think for a moment about how you like to learn and what you want to do. Do you like a study buddy or …