Award-Winning Workhorse Tools

The Webby Awards showcase the best of the digital world. I’ve searched through the best of the best to find the award-winning powerhouse tech tools that will make your life easier. Mint: Money Management For the umpteenth year, the money-management app Mint swept the Financial Services/Banking category (overall winner and People’s Voice), plus an additional win for visual design. Mint …

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 …

Five Ways to Stop Saying, “Hold on… Let Me Share My Screen”

Being able to show your presentation slides without sharing your screen has become the new baseline cool of online meetings, and a handful of hardware and software tools will help you avoid “big slide, little head” syndrome and connect more with your audiences. Not Quite There: Zoom Advanced Slide Share (Free) When you start sharing your screen in Zoom, click …

Best Apps

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 …

Upgrade Your Zoom Backgrounds

By now you may have discovered the cool little Zoom feature that lets you add a virtual background. When you click on your video icon in Zoom, the option pops up to choose a video or image for your background. You don’t even have to have a real green screen… Zoom will superimpose the background even over your messy office, …

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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 …

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 …