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Trello- A Tool for Project Management & Task Lists

Trello is a free cloud-based website that also offers an Android and iOS app. It is a fabulous tool whether you decide to use it alone or to use it for team collaborative projects. Here are some Trello basics:

 

Boards:

Boards can be described as a whiteboard where you create a project and keep information. Here are some examples one might create as boards:

            Students- create a board for…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on March 15, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Revisiting Speechify: Why, Because Everyone Should Know About It!

I introduced you to Cliff Weitzman, the creator of Speechify, and his text-to-speech applications in July of 2017. I was excited to share information about his product because Speechify created its own niche in the text-to-speech realm. It simply read text aloud, any text. It was easy to use, offered high-quality voices, and read digital text that other text-to-speech readers did not identify without having to process additional steps. Did I mention it was free? It was available for Mac,…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on February 15, 2019 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

New Year- New Technology: Speaksee

“Weren’t you paying attention during the meeting? Didn’t you hear what needs to be done?” Does this sound familiar to you, or can you think of someone in your work experience this statement pertains to? There are many reasons one might miss important information in work meetings. One reason might be a result of hearing loss. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reported in the Quick Statistics (2016) fact sheet that about 28.8 million U.S. adults could…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on January 16, 2019 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

The New Year Approaches- Update Your Microsoft Office Suite Skills

For some of us, the perpetual software updates bring pangs of excitement and anticipation of new features to enhance productivity. Nevertheless, for others, these impending updates elicit anxiety, frustration, and perhaps the mind mantra, “why, just why?” One can stand their ground and refuse to join the forward march to learn how to use upgraded software. However, there is a techno conspiracy to keep businesses upgrading their software, and it might be easier to tag along with those who…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on December 17, 2018 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

Daylight Savings Time & Resetting Your Sleeping Habits

The main purpose of Daylight Savings Time is to allow one to make the most use of day sunlight hours. It is said to be used in over 70 countries worldwide; however, the beginning and end dates differ. While a one-hour shift may not appear to be significant, the 60-minute jump forward or backward has been associated with sleep disturbances, mental and cognitive disturbances, and health issues. According to the CDC those 18-60 years of age…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on November 20, 2018 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The Truth & Sometimes Ugly Truth- Monitoring Screen Time

Apple introduced Screen Time with iOS 12. My first thoughts brought apocalyptic premonitions regarding allowance and provision of Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad) technology products for many within the youth culture. Parents and educators can now easily review when and how long apps are used. Apple even created beautifully readable charts to diagram when and the duration the device and apps were used for helpful categories like: social; reading and…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on October 15, 2018 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

LiquidText PDF Reader- A New Way to Annotate!

There are several iPad apps to annotate PDFs/documents; however, for the most part, they simulate marking up the actual paperwork version. LiquidText for the iPad, along with the Apple Pencil, enhances the concept into a new generation of markup tools for reviewing and annotating PDF files, web pages, and Word and PowerPoint documents.

 

Ok, so let us imagine we need to read several articles for a paper we need to write or for a project we need to pitch at a work meeting. If we…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on September 17, 2018 at 5:04pm — 4 Comments

Cardflow for iPad- Think of the Possibilities!

I recently became aware of an iOS app called Cardflow. I grew up using index cards for all sorts of tasks. The cards would be taped to walls as reminders or mind-maps/flow charts. Cards would be stuffed into pages of books as forms of annotations, and stacks of cards were created as flashcards. I was especially excited when stores stocked different colors, sizes, plain/lined/graphed, and containers to hold and sort them. These cards offered additional learning style supports when considering…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on August 16, 2018 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

Cutting-Edge-Technology- OTC Hearing Aid, the Eargo

In August of 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017. This legislation included the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act allowing over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This Act enables adults who think they have a mild to moderate hearing loss to purchase OTC hearing aids without being seen by a hearing care professional, making access to hearing aids more affordable. The FDA will regulate the OTC hearing aids to ensure safety…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on July 16, 2018 at 8:32am — 2 Comments

Cutting-Edge-Technology- Vision Enhancing Tools Continued

Technology is both friend and foe. At times, it is frustrating and expensive. Nevertheless, it is innovative and life enhancing. The vision device field is making advancements many will want to know about. The OrCam MyEye 2.0 was the topic of last month’s blog. This month the Aira service will be highlighted.

 

Aira uses video-equipped smart glasses along with a smartphone app and one-button to access a network of trained professional agents to help people who are…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on June 15, 2018 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

Cutting-Edge-Technology- Vision Enhancing Tools

Technology is both friend and foe. At times, it is frustrating and expensive. Nevertheless, innovative and life enhancing. The vision device field is making advancements many will want to know about. The OrCam MyEye 2.0 is a wearable device platform which attaches to the temple frame of one’s eyeglasses and uses artificial vision to improve the lives of individuals identified with reading difficulties, or who are visually impaired or blind.

 

Prof. Amnon Shashua…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on May 17, 2018 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

Cutting Edge Technology- MIT’s AlterEgo Headset

Technology is synonymous with futuristic for me. More recently, I have been reminded how close our society is to the Jetson’s in their utopian cartoon. A cartoon that originally aired in September of 1962 through March 1963, and was produced by Hanna-Barbara. It later resurfaced in syndication with new episodes in 1985 to 1987. Where the Flinstones were the “stone age,” the Jetsons were the “space age.” The cartoon ended in 1987, and the Jetson’s lived similar to how we do today. They had…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on April 16, 2018 at 11:43am — 3 Comments

Desktop 101: Understanding How to Keep Your Web Browser Clutter Free and More Productive

I’m almost certain you all know what it is like to look at all the open tabs on your web browser and feel overwhelmed about clicking on the one you need currently, then finding the previous one you were looking at, or attempting to find another. Are you afraid to close some tabs because you won’t remember how to find the sites again?

Luckily, you are not alone if you have ever felt overwhelmed. Software developers have created some great features to de-clutter the tabs and…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on March 15, 2018 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Desktop 101: Understanding How to Make Your Computer's Desktop Work for You!

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I’m almost certain you all know what a “computer desktop” is, but do you really understand it? Just like a desktop on a physical desk (piece of furniture), the computer desktop can be a location that offers one a structured solace to start work or the an anxiety induced panic attack from a disarray of clutter.

Like the physical desktop, the computer desktop is often a…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on February 15, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Product Review- Fleix Gray Computer Glasses

I posted a blog several months ago about the trend for blue-light filters for digital devices. There may not be a plethora of clinical studies to support the claim that blue-light filtering glasses and screen covers can reduce Digital Eye Strain (DES) and insomnia. However, the studies available show that blue-light may be linked to eye strain, macular cellular damage, and sleep cycle disruption. I decided to test the concept myself and purchased a pair of Felix Gray Computer Glasses for…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on January 16, 2018 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Twitter- Understanding the Trend & How to Make It Work for You

Twitter, what is all the tweeting really about? Hmmm… to jump on the tweet train or not? Twitter tweets have been in the news more often with the political commentaries by the highly elected officials. Some tweet followers engage for their celebrity updates, yet there is also an incredible opportunity for one to learn from these microblogs if the reader knows how to effectively use the system.

Twitter became popular with its size restriction of characters (now 280 or less) for tweets…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on December 15, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Updating Your Mac Operating System–A Shiny New Toy or Buyer Beware?

Technology enthusiasts and users all over the world start to feel twinges of excitement and twinges of anxiety when news funnels to the masses that the anticipated upgrades to Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS are finally available for installation. However, before you go and click the button to “install” you should heed the invisible “warning” sign that hopefully is flashing in your mind.

 

Apple recently announced MacOS High Sierra and iOS 11 for their computer and mobile…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on November 15, 2017 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

EFolios: A Useful Trend

Online Portfolios, often termed efolios, have been around for years. However, they are becoming the trend for career related exposure. This concept allows you to demonstrate your “personal brand” and to showcase your resume, educational and training background, examples of your work, and more.

A common college based efolio option was called efoliomn, which has been rebranded to myefolio. This site offered a systematic option for college students to engage in the process by…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on October 15, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Math Tools: Virtual Pencils and More!

There are several careers that encompass math on various levels. Writing mathematical equations can be difficult for some individuals. Do the results of your penmanship leave you questioning what it was you wrote prior? Writing math equations requires detail to attention and good fine motor skills to align the numbers correctly. Trying to type math on a computer can be a daunting task unless you are utilizing specific software programs dedicated to help you type math. These software programs…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on September 15, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Accessibility and Text-to-Speech on the Punch-In Website- Part Two

It was recently brought to my attention that some members of Punch-IN are not familiar with how to have text read audibly to them. Therefore, I have elected to write a series on how you can use setting preferences for various computers, tablets, and smartphones, as well as software programs to have text read aloud.

 

Last month, I identified a great tool called Speechify that our readers are allowed free access to install on their computers and iOS products. This month, I will…

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Added by Erika J. Kluge on August 15, 2017 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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