Category: PI Technology
You only need to visit Collaborate to see that the organization recognizes the value of collaboration–and online collaboration at that. Collaboration opportunities are prominent right at the top of the home page.
The beginning of the year is here, all of the apps have been rated, and the awards for best apps have been posted. I have been reviewing some of the tops apps to see what happened, and I was a little underwhelmed this year, to be honest. Most of the apps that gained high ratings were games–and not just “games,” but games even I would not play if I were bored to tears.
This month we have two reference apps that will add strength to your arsenal of apps. They are both dictionary apps–Dictionary.com and WordBook. Both apps are available for Apple, Android, and Windows phones platforms.
In this month’s column on performance improvement technology, or PI tech as I have been calling it, I have a few great resources for you. I am stepping away from the norm of apps and recommending a few sites that I use not just in my work adventures, but in my personal life as well. Some I am sure you have heard of and some maybe not, but, nonetheless, all are great resources that I use all the time.
Keeping connected to the digital world can sometimes be more of a hassle than it is worth; my phone starts to feel less like a product for my benefit and more like a leash to the outside world. Eventually, I need to disconnect. I need to turn my iPad and iPhone off, shut the computer down, take the batteries out of the remote, and turn the Internet and cable off, sit down in a quiet corner and enjoy a book.
With every passing day, I get more and more notifications that the publications I have a subscription to either are going digital or have the option for a digital download. I always opt for the digital subscription because I do not have to wait for the issue to be sent, and I do not have to worry about the clutter of several magazines every month and debating which to throw away and which to keep. I just keep them all in my digital library.
After having sifted through one useless link after another, I found a useful resource–the Khan Academy at www.KhanAcademy.org. The Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the goal of changing education by providing a free education for anyone anywhere. The site’s resources are available in an open platform for everyone.
Along my travels through the digital realm of the Internet, I have discovered a useful app called “How2Lead.” It piqued my interest just with the title alone. I was not sure what to expect, so I gave it a shot and read the synopsis of the app and thought it would be a great app for the performance improvement community.
Technology keeps improving our performance; it gives us the tool set to advance and succeed. However, before you can improve your performance, you must build upon your foundation of education. Through education you can advance all facets of your being, as a person and professional. There are always new technologies or old technologies being repurposed to enhance the ease and ability of learning.
Good communication starts with understanding one another. In most instances communication is done in one of two ways–written or spoken. Communication is the key to any situation involving two or more people. If you cannot communicate with another person, there are ways to work around this handicap by drawing pictures, pointing, and hoping the message gets across. However, that takes more time and energy than necessary.
As the New Year has begun, and we are only a month deep into the thick of things, I find myself ensuring I will keep up with this year’s goals that I have set to make sure I am on track of things. I use the term goals and not resolutions; resolutions seem out-of-reach, distant goals that tend to fall by the wayside. I prefer to take things that I am already working on; I just want to work harder at them.
Let’s get the year stared off right with a useful reminder of past technology and apps that we have reviewed and a few new apps that might help you keep yourself on a schedule with your own personal assistant that travels everywhere with you, your phone!
I recently tried out this app for the purposes of preparing a review. I have used the app on my iPhone and on the iPad. My preference is to use it on the iPad simply because there is more viewing space, but it still usable on an iPhone. However, I would not recommend using the app when preoccupied. There are a few steps that need to be completed that will need your attention.
This month I have discovered an app that I have found beneficial to my daily functions of writing, blogging, and creating notes. In some instances, I find myself sitting at my desk trying to come up with a topic, but end up moving onto other projects because to come up with a useful application can be a bit difficult at times. However, I always think of topics and ideas when I am in the most inconvenient places and have nothing more to write with than my phone.
Keeping up with multiple versions and updates to one document can be a bit complicated and at times extremely taxing. Until a few years ago, the only way to continually work on a document was to have access to a network at all times, save on an external device, or continually email a document to yourself if you were working at multiple workstations, which made keeping up to date a never-ending task.
Another month has come and gone, and, as you know, I am always on the lookout for new and overlooked or even popular apps that can give you a leg up in staying ahead. I searched high and low, and here are a few apps that will improve the way you perform in your daily activities. Simple little actions that will improve your personal and professional lives–ranging from saving new (and old) contacts, keeping on top of writing projects, managing customer relationships, and locking up important files.
Event planning takes time, energy, effort, and the ability to be mobile. Scratching down notes these days is a thing of the past. Here is a different, more tech savvy way to stay on top of thoughts while on the go–EventDawn. This nifty application is useful for anyone planning events, both large and small. EventDawn allows the user to create binders that hold forms, plans, contracts, and contacts.
A mobile solution right for your learning need? If so, should it be a mobile app or mobile website? This app will lead you through a quick assessment process to help you determine if a specific learning need would benefit from a mobile solution or whether another type of solution makes more sense. If you already know your learning solution will be mobile, another path will help you determine if it should be developed as an app or a website.
Recently I had a conversation with a member asking me to explain Collaborate; and as soon as I mentioned “log on” and “password,” I could tell by the look on his face he was completely turned off. He does not use social media because of this issue–having to remember all the information just to get into your account is a little overwhelming for some people.