Tech Tips Tuesday by Mike Taylor

Introducing Tech Tuesday toolbox

In my experience, most people love tech tips and tools. With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about the best way to share some of the best tech tips and tools that I discover. For a long time, I’ve had a section in my weekly newsletter highlighting a few new tools each week. But I’ve always felt like it was lacking and that there was a better way. The challenge was finding that better way without eating a huge chunk of time putting it all together. 

Over our recent holiday weekend, while looking at some automation and #NoCode tools for something else, an idea popped up for a way to highlight a lot more tech tools & tips. So this is the maiden voyage for that idea and the game plan is to do this as a 2nd weekly post every Tuesday.

What do you think? If you have any ideas for making this better or suggestions for improvements, I’d love to hear from you. 

If nothing else, I know this effort could be better if you pitch in. So if you ever find an app that you really love or a tool that you couldn’t live without, please send it my way and I’ll include it in this weekly round up. 

Last Week’s Apps of the Day

Pixlr | Online Photo Editor A powerful free and premium online photo editor! Effects, filters, overlays, simple to expert tools. Open almost any image format like PSD (Photoshop), PXD, Jpeg, PNG (Transparent), webP, SVG and many more.

Iriun Use your phone’s camera as a wireless webcam

Hihaho  Tool for making your YouTube, Vimeo and other videos interactive.

Toasty.ai Toasty is a video meeting platform that focuses on driving online collaborations in meetings and workshops. It comes with built-in activities, breakout rooms, integration with Miro and Google Doc, to empower collaborations and drive outcomes.

Databox —  databox.com Business Analytics platform built to help you understand what’s going on with your business. KPIs from cloud services, spreadsheets, database in one place.

Contenders

Kap – Capture your screengetkap.co
An open-source screen recorder built with web technology

Hare – Search engine for open browser tabs.www.tabhare.com
Search engine for open browser tabs. Increase productivity by quickly navigating through your open tabs. Available as a firefox addon too

Quizizzquizizz.com
Free gamified quizzes on every subject that students play in class and at home. Pick an existing quiz or create your own for review, formative assessment, and more.

Getscreen.me – Remote Desktop from Any Devicegetscreen.me
Cloud-based solution for remote desktop access from any device, wherever you are. No installation required!

Type Studio ― The easiest way to edit your video 
Type Studio is a text-based video editor. Instead of editing in the classic video time-line, you simply edit your video by editing the transcribed text.

Navigator | Meeting Workspaces 
Everything for your remote meetings, all in one place: agendas, notes, action items & videoconferencing links. Software for remote team meetings. Easy access Zoom links. Beautiful agenda templates and collaborative meeting minutes for more effective meetings. Online software app, try for free today.

Weekly To Do List Calendar (Online & Printable) | Tweek.so 
A concise and simple weekly to do list calendar app to organize your tasks online. A lightweight weekly planner to maintain your focus and boost productivity week over week.

Write.as — A place for focused writing.
Simple writing platform built to preserve and spread your words. Start writing and publishing now — no signup required.

EmailOctopus – Email marketing for less 
Great tool for all types of emails including drip campaigns to enhance & support learning programs.

Slidewise PowerPoint Add-In
Remove embedded fonts in PowerPoint. Quickly find media that is inflating the file size and reliably and easily replace fonts throughout your presentation.

Otter Voice Meeting Notes – Otter.ai
Generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, and other important voice conversations with Otter, your AI-powered assistant.

MURAL is a digital workspace for visual collaboration
MURAL is a digital workspace for visual collaboration

Macro – Give your Meetings Superpowers
(MAC only) Macro is a customizable meeting interface built on top of Zoom, reimagined for collaboration and inclusive conversations

iLovePDF
iLovePDF is an online service to work with PDF files completely free and easy to use. Merge PDF, split PDF, compress PDF, office to PDF, PDF to JPG and more!

How to Send HTML Emails with Gmail – Digital Inspiration
Learn how to create HTML emails in Gmail that contain tables, buttons, custom fonts, inline CSS styles, media queries, emojis and even HTML signatures.

Chat Mapper
Tool for writing and testing nonlinear dialogue for elearning, etc.

Your Cloud-Based E-Learning Authoring Tool | isEazy
isEazy is an easy to use cloud-based authoring tool for creating e-learning courses.

Countdown Timers for Email | MailTimers
Everything you need to create your own customized countdown timer for email. Works in any Email Service Providers and Website.

Best Stock Music and Sound Effects For Multimedia Projects
Reviews of stock music sites for people who produce online learning, presentations and videos. Many of these sites provide sound effects.


Find a new tech tool that you like? Submit your favorite new apps and tools here.

5 comments

  1. Fantastic list Mike – my head is buzzing with ideas!
    I’m sure you’ve done this before but could you share a ‘snapshot’ of the tools you are currently using? I’d love to see what you’ve got supporting you.
    I’m also very curious as to 1) how much time do you spend testing out and trying new tools and how do you balance that with your actual paid or income-generating work and, 2) how do you keep track of all these tools so you can find one when you want or need it? These are 2 of my biggest struggles and I’d really appreciate hearing how you deal with these issues.

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    1. Hello, Linda! I recently shared my Top 10 Learning Tools here: https://mike-taylor.org/2020/08/11/my-2020-top-10-tools-for-learning/

      I don’t have as much time as I’d like to try new things and I find them by following a few good sources in Feedly. ( http://www.feedly.com ) Those include sites like Product Hunt & Beta List as well as people like Nick Floro and Robin Good. That enables me to scan a lot of options and then check out the ones that look the most promising.

      I hope that helps but let me know if you have any other questions.

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