12 Incredibly Useful Blogs for Learning Cool Stuff

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It is no secret that I’m a huge proponent of learning. I make time every day to learn something new and am always on the lookout for useful takeaways from my experiences. One of the coolest things about learning is when you find something super useful and learn something you didn’t even know you needed to learn. These are some of my favorite sites that have given me those types of “Aha! Learning Moments”

Plug these into your favorite RSS/Feed reader and never miss a trick!

If you don’t have one or even know what the heck that means, jump over here to learn more and try Feedly. You’ll be glad you did!

PowerPoint, Slide Design & Elearning

Bright Carbon

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http://brightcarbon.com

Nuts & Bolts – Taylor Croonquist

nutsbolts

https://nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com/

Articulate E-Learning Heroes

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http://elearningheroes.com

Canva Design School

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https://designschool.canva.com/

Save time and subscribe to all of these* by plugging this into your favorite feed reader:
http://mix.chimpfeedr.com/e8166-Presentation-Design

* Articulate doesn’t have any feeds available, which is a bummer. 8-(

Excel

Chandoo – Purna Duggirala

chandoo

http://chandoo.org/

General Awesomeness

Digital Inspiration – Amit Agarwal

labnol

http://www.labnol.org/

Steve Dotto

dotto

http://dottotech.com

Better Cloud

bettercloud

https://www.bettercloud.com/monitor/the-academy/

Lynda.com

Check with your library for FREE access to Lynda.com courses.

lynda

http://lynda.com

Zapier

zapier

https://zapier.com/blog/

Microsoft’s Office Blogs

officeblogs

https://blogs.office.com/feed/?filter-product=excel%2Cword%2Cpowerpoint

Mike Tips

Yes, these are mine. 😎

miketips

https://miketips.wordpress.com/

This is post #6 in a series of 12. See them all here. 

 

Need a scanner? Try your phone

Once upon a time, people had visions of a paperless society.  At some point, I may even have been one of them. Alas! No such luck. While the number of paper forms, etc we have to deal with is significantly less than it used to be, there always seems to be that odd time that we need to get a piece of paperwork delivered. (And who has time to go get a stamp and mail it?)

For times like these, wouldn’t it be nice to make a quick scan of your document and just email it off? Why not give your phone a try for this one?

All you need to do is take a photo of your document and an app to handle the “scanning” job to convert the ph0to into a PDF that you can send off on its merry way. This is also great for scanning receipts or other things you might want to keep for yourself.

Here are a few good ones that I’ve used for you to try:

Cam Scanner (for Android, iOS andWindows Phone)

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Evernote has an app called Scannable .

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Google Drive (Android)

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If you’re on an Android phone and use the Google Drive app, you already have what you need. Just open the Google Drive app and tap the Add (+) button at the bottom-right of the screen. Lay down your document, tap the Scan camera icon and hold your phone over it to get a good picture. After snapping the photo, Crop any unnecessary background. If you are scanning a multipage document, tap the Add button to go on to the next page and repeat the process. When you’re ready, tap the Done (check mark) icon. Your files are automatically stored in your Google Drive.

Office Lens

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Want to do even more? ( Geez, you are demanding!) Give Office Lens try. This app trims, enhances and not only makes your photos of whiteboards and documents readable; but it can also convert them into editable Word and PowerPoint files too.

I can do everything I need in free versions but for a few bucks some apps will give you extras like

Scanbot is another free scanning app with versions for Android and iOS. Some scanning apps may charge a few dollars for a premium version, but include extra features like faxing or optical character recognition for converting images into editable text.

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