Tag Archives: Google Docs

24 Must-Have, Everyday Workhorse Apps

Top 24 apps (logos shown clockwise from 7 o’clock): Timely, Accuweather, Gmail, Podcast Addict, Google Voice, Google Hangouts Dialer, Hiya Caller ID & Block, Google Keep, SimpleMind, MindMeister, Floating Stickies, Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Wunderlist, Google Maps, Feedly, Puffin, Xodo PDF, FBReader, Pocket, Google Photos, Fast for Facebook, Twilight, Atmosphere

[Many of these apps will help you learn more stuff, consume training content better and generally upgrade your productivity! So while they all aren’t exactly training, many will be a great help in your quest to be a better self-directed learner. Enjoy!]

If you’re like me, your mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) is loaded with apps. In fact, I’ve just checked and discovered that I’ve got hundreds installed! And that left me wondering, “How many of these things do I need? Which of these do I depend on every day?”

After some reflection, I came up with a list of my “24 must-have, everyday workhorse apps.” And, to the extent that they keep me personally productive, they help me be a better project manager and team member.  Most are FREE or have free versions available. See the complete list with brief descriptions at my WORTH SHARING site.

GCF LearnFree.Org: Learn Life Skills, Job Skills & Computer Skills!


This video provides an overview of the Goodwill Community Foundation’s LearnFree.org website. Our quick tour highlights a few of the great free resources at the site, including training on Google Docs, Pinterest, Windows 8, and much more.  

From the website:  

“GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life…. delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE…”

Enjoy! 

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Video Tour of Web App Reviews: The Best Chrome Apps & Extensions for Education

Topic:   Web apps & extensions for Google Chrome (recommendations & how to use)
Format:  Video reviews with written articles in a “how-to” format
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

This is a brief video tour of the new blog, Web Apps Reviews: The Best Chrome Apps & Extensions for Education. Whether you are a self-directed learner or an educator/home schooling parent, this blog can show you how to get more power from your Google Chrome web browser to enhance your teaching & learning activities.

From the website: “Web App Reviews is a site dedicated to reviewing the best Chrome Web Apps and Extensions for Education. As schools are moving more and more towards cloud-based services, it is important to find high quality resources for the classroom… Each review includes a written blog post and a short video covering what the web app or extension does as well as practical ideas for use in schools.”

URL:  http://www.webappreviews.org/

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3 Years Later: Common Craft’s “IN PLAIN ENGLISH” Videos Are Still Going Strong

This month marks the 3rd anniversary of The Best Free Training. Throughout this month, I’m going to revisit some of the great free training providers we featured in our first few months of publishing. The object of the game: to share what’s new with these providers, to see why they are still thriving, and to remind you that they are still out there for you, providing some of the best free training and education you can find anywhere.

First up: Common Craft’s “IN PLAIN ENGLISH” Videos

Common Craft website

(Common Craft's IN PLAIN ENGLISH VIDEOS pack lots of learning into a couple of minutes!)

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Google Docs In Plain English: Over a Million Views on You Tube!

The very first free training product I reviewed on this blog (November 28, 2007) was the amazing little video from Common Craft called “Google Docs in Plain English.” And today I learned that this wonderful “best free training” product has now logged over a million views on You Tube. Congratulations, Common Craft!

Watch it yourself, and see what’s so great about it…
Common Craft Client Video: Google Docs in Plain English

And please visit the Common Craft blog for great business philosophy and many more high-quality, clean, simple, and free videos on all sorts of topics.

Google Docs in Plain English

Topic: Overview of Google Docs service
Format: Video
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Google Docs in Plain English (Common Craft Productions) provides a nice, tight (under 5 minutes!) overview of the free service Google Documents and how anyone can benefit from using it.

Like RSS in Plain English, another video I reviewed by the same publisher, this video is fresh, simple, effective, and a great example of the best free training. Also, by putting this video up as a role model, I want to encourage everyone to find similar little gems and to know that good training does not have to be stuff that cost a fortune to create or stuff that has a whole bunch of ponderous background material weighing it down. It uses a loose (fun) production style and gets right to the point quickly.

I knew nothing about this topic before I viewed the video. However, by spending less than 5 minutes with it I was able to figure out why and how I might want to use Google Documents. That’s time well spent!

URL: http://www.commoncraft.com/video-googledocs