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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.

Video Tour: Microsoft’s Free Training for Office Products

Why pay for training to learn MS Office software? Microsoft has made available — for FREE! — lots of well-designed courses to support all vintages (2007, 2010, & 2013) Office software products, including:  Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Access, Lync, OneNote, MS Project, Publisher, SharePoint, SharePoint  Server, Visio, Office 365, & Office for Mac.

This is a short video tour of Microsoft’s FREE training collection.

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Microsoft’s Office Online Training

Topic: User training for the Microsoft Office family of computer software (many titles)
Format: Web-based self-study training with screen shots, animations, audio, sample file downloads and hands-on practice
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Most of us use one or more of Microsoft’s Office productivity-enhancing software tools. But if you’re like me, you are using only a small fraction of the features and functions of any of these powerful products.  The good news is that Microsoft has created a large collection of well-designed, easy-to-use, and highly effective courses that will help you learn to get the most from your MS Office software… no matter which product you’re using.

And all of these great courses are free!

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Alison ABC IT (1-2-3) [Basic Computing & IT Skills]

Topic: Basic computer and IT (Information Technology) skills and business applications
Format: Narrated slides with animations, software screen shots, interactive practice, and quizzes [free registration required]
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

This “course” is really a curriculum… an extensive collection of well-designed mini courses and lessons that will introduce you to everything you need to know about computers and how businesses and organizations use them. What’s more, it’s got plenty of hands-on, interactive, step-by-step training in the “big four” software applications (MS Word, Excel, Access, & Powerpoint) and use of the internet. And no computer experience is needed. From the website, comes this understatement: “The ALISON Basic Computing (ABC) IT course is for anyone who needs to learn basic computing skills, or has a need to demonstrate to an international standard that they are fully competent in the use of a personal computer and common computer applications.” This is simply the best introductory computer course I’ve ever seen!

Alison ABC IT 123

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CNET’s Performance Support for High Tech Products

Topic: How to use the internet, cell phones, computers, home entertainment, and related high-tech products
Format: Text how-to guides, graphics, screen shots, videos, slide shows
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

CNET has long been one of the most authoritative sources of unbiased tech product reviews, as well as great training and tutorials on all sorts of tech products. As noted earlier in this blog, CNET ended its online courses May 1 of this year. While that was sad news, it turns out most of the vast content that was in those courses (a collection of great performance support tools) has been preserved and is ready to help you learn how to get the most out of your latest high-tech products! (Continued in Comment.)

Basic IT (computer) Skills (ECDL/ICDL)

Topic: Basic computer skills and business applications
Format: Narrated slides with animations, software screen shots, interactive practice, and quizzes [free registration required]
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

This is well-designed, visually-appealing, and fun training all about computers and common business software. No computer experience is needed. Bonus: It will help you prepare for the European/International Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) certification exam. (Continued in Comment.)

Alison ABC IT (1-2-3) [Basic Computing & IT Skills]

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