Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tech is Nice and So is Pumpkin Spice...

Tech is Nice and So is Pumpkin Spice... Yes, I know you are reading a lot about pumpkin everything these days so why not connect that seasonal sound to my latest blog post!!

To some of us coffee is coffee and to some of us tech is tech. However, there are those of us who anxiously await the seasonal coffee favorites such as Pumpkin Spice or Peppermint Mocha.  Just like these seasonal trends, there are some tech related trends as well.  Some tech tools or trends may seem like the regular coffee and some are that special treat or the Pumpkin Spice.  Just to stick with the seasonal trend I will share four of my "Pumpkin Spice" tech tools.

1. Google Keep: This is Google hidden gem.  Google Keep has that hidden "spice" that helps keep my desk free of sticky notes, my phone organized with important reminders, and syncs on all of my devices.  Google Keep allows me to take pictures, record my voice, color-code, share and track lists, notes, links and so much more.  This tool has the "caffeine" I need.

2. Boomerang: Boomerang for gmail allows you to schedule emails to be sent or returned on a certain date!  This is like the whipped cream on my Pumpkin Spice Latte... It just hits the spot for productivity.

3. Seesaw: Nothing says top notch in everything like this student driven digital portfolio.  The possibilities with this app are "steaming" and your cup never goes empty on ideas here.  You just have to see it to believe it.  Whether your students are in Kindergarten or High School, this tool will keep you craving for more.  No need to watch your calories with this one... here's MORE.

4. Canva: A "must-have" creation tool.  This tool allows users to easily create documents, flyers, social media posts, graphics, invitations, and so much more.  Canva puts a lot of "flavor" into any shared creation.  And if you want a little more check out the design school feature.

Just like my seasonal coffee favorites, technology tools come and go.  It is always hard when a favorite retires or is replaced by a new one.  Whether you are set on a few of your own favorites or looking for new ideas, I hope some of these turn out to be that "special treat" your tech tastebuds needed.

Have a great start to September!!