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What strange times we live in. Due to coronavirus or COVID-19, everyone in the world is adapting to new scenarios. Many of the digital or work from home tools you’re now trying for the first time are in my every day kit so I knew I could provide value by sharing what I use and the tools I recommend.

My first resource was a blog I wrote about how teachers can adapt to teaching online based on what I learned as a K-12 teacher and college professor. Since I wrote that piece, I’ve started keeping an expanded list on my desktop and continue to add to it. Scroll down further so you can see the final version of my list.

Next I did a dramatic update to one of my Pinterest boards, “Tools in My Kit” to go with this blog. There are even more tools I recommend on that board.

Here’s a fantastic resource “Zoom Basics – Using Zoom for Classes & Meetings by Steve Dotto of Dotto Tech. If you’re like everyone else out there, Zoom is new to you and I thought this video would be helpful. Click on the text link or the photo below.

Learn to protect your account against Zoombombing.

FYI I’ve been using Zoom for a long time. I use it daily for meetings with committees and clients. I teach lessons, consult with brands, and host webinars. Let me know if you’d like my help, no matter where you are in the world!

kerry rego at her desk with toolsMaster List of Services & Tools I Recommend #kerryapproved

I get no money from any of these recommendations unless you see a *

Website Related
Designer & maintenance – Inbound Design*
SEO – WSI Smart Marketing
Spam filter – Akismet
Web host – SiteGround
Domain service – GoDaddy
eCommerce – Square
Compliance – iubenda
Easy web builder – Weebly (now owned by Square)
Blog – WordPress

Hardware & Products
Computer – MacBook Pro using a second monitor
Phone – iPhone 8 (a blog I wrote about running my business from my phone)
Mouse – Logitech
Digital notebook – Rocketbook

Digital Solutions
Free phone – Google Voice
Virtual meeting – Zoom
Collaboration – Google Drive
Note storage – Evernote
Browser – Firefox
Podcast host – Blubrry
Task automator – IFTT, Zapier
Calendar for meetings- Doodle
Slide decks sharing – SlideShare

Marketing
Email marketing – Constant Contact*
Scheduling tools – Hootsuite, Later
Graphic design – Canva
Photo editor – InShot
Link shortener – bit.ly
Event management – Eventbrite
Photo sites (free) – Unsplash, more free media
Audio transcription – Rev

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