Wrangle the Tech

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Wrangle the Tech! Wrangle the Tech Christine Ayar Illichmann christine.illichmann@librarieshawaii.org

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Let’s use tech to make our work and personal lives better Project Planning To Do Lists RSS and Blogs Automated Shortcuts Calendars and Scheduling Photo Editing and Graphics/Posters Other Helpful Things Your Suggestions, Please!

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42! Total! Mostly free, mostly web-based.

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Project Planning

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http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ Gantt Chart, Daily Task Planners, Concrete Goals Tracker, NaNoWriMo Word Counter!

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https://trello.com/ Create project boards, break down tasks, and assign them.

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www.wrike.com Create, assign and track tasks. Set priorities, attach files and create due dates for yourself or others.

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www.pivotaltracker.com/ Trello on steroids. Use this for the very big projects where big goals need to be broken in to much smaller tasks and/or if you need a lot of information and control over project elements.

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https://coggle.it/ Brainstorm and Diagram!

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https://workflowy.com/ Outlining tool that lets you easily map your ideas in one place. Tag and rank bullet points for easy searching and share your outlines with others for easy collaboration.

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https://evernote.com/ Collect a variety of information in one place. Organize it, tag it, share it.

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www.dropbox.com/ Store large files, share them, and keep everything in one place.

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www.taskforceapp.com/ Add Taskforce App to your Gmail account to turn emails in to tasks. Combine tasks, give them due dates and more.

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To Do Lists To Do Lists

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www.wunderlist.com My all time favorite. Create, edit, and sync to do lists on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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www.rememberthemilk.com Another handy to do list that allows for easy editing and tagging. Create time estimates and also see how often you postpone tasks!

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web.any.do View lists by due date or project. Add subtasks, files, and deadlines with ease. Easy to search and sync.

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https://idonethis.com/ Track what you’ve accomplished, share it with others. Celebrate task and goal completion!

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RSS and Blogs

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https://www.bloglovin.com/ Quickly scan the blogs you love, find blogs that fit your interest, see what friends are reading.

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about.flipboard.com/ Only on smart phones and tablets. But a beautiful way to see blog and news content.

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www.feedly.com See the blogs you read and their most current posts – my favorite.

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Automated Shortcuts and Notifications

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If This Then That – www.ifttt.com Automate tasks that help you find info or just get things done!

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www.zapier.com A bit more business minded but also a wonderfully effective tool for helping to automate tasks!

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www.getnotifiedapp.com Don’t want to figure out “recipes”? Just type in a sentence and GetNotified does the rest.

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Calendars and Scheduling

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https://calendar.sunrise.am/ Manage multiple calendar accounts, quickly view times in other time zones, and search your calendar with ease.

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www.doodle.com Eliminate the email chaos for meeting planning. Set times and see what works best for everyone.

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www.whenisgood.net Not as nice looking as Doodle, but shares the same functionality.

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Time Zones

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whattimeisitthere.info A quick cross-county look of current time zones.

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everytimezone.com A quick look at every time zone on one page.

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Photo Editing & Images

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canva.com Make and print posters, presentations and more.

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picmonkey.com Photo editing and poster creation!

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www.thinglink.com Interactive images enhanced with sound, video and more.

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www.balsamiq.com Express your ideas with wireframes.

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A growing aggregator of free stock – remember attribution!

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Library Specific

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commonsensemedia.org/ Age appropriate recommendations by parents.

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Looking for fun, interesting, and cool things to post at your library or on social media? Create a Dropbox account (dropbox.com) Then email ben@benbizzle.com – ask to be added to the “Library Facebook Images” Dropbox.

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www.librariansyellowpages.com You may be familiar with the Yellow Pages, but the web version is also handy.

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Other Helpful Things Other helpful things

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https://todaysmeet.com/ bit.ly/todaysmeetarticle Make programs more interactive by creating another way to converse and share thoughts.

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https://import.io/ Turn web content in to a spreadsheet.

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Rescuetime.com Learn more about how you spend your computer time.

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Donothingfortwominutes.com Just take a break for two minutes.

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Hemingwayapp.com Review and edit your writing with the help of Hemingway!

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justgetflux.com Don’t let your screen keep you up! Flux automatically adjusts your screen to warmer tones as the night goes on, so you can get to sleep!

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http://icukoo.com/ Every time you hit snooze you make a donation to a good cause! (UK only currently but here’s hoping that it comes to the US)

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Bit.ly Shorten long links. See who has shared the same content. Track the number of time your Bit.ly link is clicked.

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http://e.ggtimer.com/ Timers for various activities, right on your desktop. (Try Pomodoro!)

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https://coffitivity.com/ Background noise to help you focus.

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What are your favorites?

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Photo Credits! Slide 1: http://magdeleine.co/photo-keith-misner-n-6/ Slide 4: http://magdeleine.co/photo-todd-quackenbush-n-124/ Slide 14:http://magdeleine.co/photo-jose-manuel-rios-valiente-n-57/ Slide 19: http://magdeleine.co/photo-vincent-n-98-2/ Slide 23: http://magdeleine.co/photo-jessica-lok-n-104/ Slide 27: http://magdeleine.co/photo-jonas-nilsson-lee-n-3/ Slide 31: http://magdeleine.co/photo-giovanni-cioli-n-127/ Slide 35: http://magdeleine.co/photo-little-visuals-n-17/ Slide 40: http://magdeleine.co/photo-steve-richey-n-138/ Slide 44: http://magdeleine.co/photo-tomas-laurinavicius-n-26/ Slide 55: http://magdeleine.co/photo-todd-quackenbush-n-151/