What is in your tech tool kit? We all have a tool kit and it's usually not of our choosing. My default tech tools include: a land line phone that can conference call to two other people, email, Microsoft Office, internet through a filtered state portal, and an unfriendly website builder to create county web pages. Compared to the early 1990's, my default tool kit is amazing technology gifted by aliens. Alas, in 2014, it's a bowl of cold oatmeal. What to do.
Fortunately, as the sole FTE in the Transportation Planning Division, operating with a separate budget, I've had the flexibility and means to build a decent tech tool kit for $54 a month.
Before I unpack my kit, I'll start right off and say I do not have a smartphone. We don' t have agency smartphones. I'm making due with a personal phone & my new iPod. This solution is good enough for me. I do love my apps. More on good apps in the future.
So what can you get for $54/month?
1. Unlimited conference calling (up to 100 participants) with UberConference.com ($10/mo). This is an excellent service that is fun and easy to use. And no more PIN numbers!!
2. Screen Sharing. I can share my monitor screen with other people, enable others to remotely control my computer or I can control their computer with joinme.com ($10/mo). Together, screen sharing and conference calling equals web meetings or simple webinars for $20/mo. Also, This is a useful way to provide simple tech support to a remote computer user.
3. On-line Collaborative Work Spaces. I'm using basecamp.com to create on-line collaborative work spaces, which is one web page of discussions, to-do lists, file folder, text files, and forwarded emails ($20/mo). The largest work group has 34 participants from all over the state. We are working on an urgent Medicaid transportation issue. I'm hosting weekly meetings using conference calling, screen sharing and the basecamp site.
4. Website building & hosting. Four years ago I began building & hosting websites using weebly.com. The Pro account is $4/mo. You can easily create websites that are optimized for tablets and mobile phones. I can not emphasize too much how easy and productive it is to use weebly.
5. Email Marketing. It's typical to have email mailing lists and the need to create e-newsletters, and send out meeting reminders or e-postcards. Now, of all of my tech tools, I've found email marketing to be the least friendly and satisfying tool to use. I'm on my third service, which is better than the previous ones, but I'm not married to it. I use icontact.com ($10/mo). It's good, but could be better.
6. Meeting Scheduling. What is better and easier to use than doodle.com for free?
So, that's the tour of my tech tool kit. Tell me about yours. Feel free to ask me questions or to schedule a demonstration. (Screen sharing is good.) Cheers.