A week ago none of us used the term “social distancing” but that is our reality for the time being. As we prepare to keep our distance from each other, our professional lives still need to live on.
Working remotely is very common – but not everyone has done it. All of a sudden our jobs as we know them are supposed to be done from the comfort of our homes. Pajama pants and bunny slippers sound great but how are we supposed to communicate through this digital barrier?
Transitioning to a remote work and learning environment is a daunting task without the right tools in place. So ….. We put together this guide of the top 5 tools to work remotely! Hopefully, you can use some of these tools to increase communication and productivity while working from your home.
Nervous to work from home? Check out “Remote Working – How to Create a Work-Home Balance” to learn more!
1. Web Conferencing with Zoom
If you were excited to not see your coworkers for a few weeks, think again! Zoom is the leader in modern video communications. This platform allows you to have face to face conversations through your computer camera. Even if you don’t have an at home computer, you can call into the Zoom Meeting with your phone and be a part of the conversation! With Zoom, you can create conference rooms, share your screen, send chat messages, and even record the conversation. For the coronavirus outbreak, CEO Eric Yuan is giving K-12 schools Zoom video conferencing for FREE. Yeah, you heard that right. Unlimited temporary meeting minutes and users that are associated with a school email domain. Don’t worry, during a web call nobody will know what you are wearing on your feet!
Go to https://zoom.us to learn more about Zoom video conferencing.
2. Organize your day with Trello
A different work environment means you may not have all of your reminders that you are used to. Whether you manage your day with stacks of paper, sticky notes, or your administrative assistant, you may not have these tools at home. Trello is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to organize and prioritize tasks. Imagine it like a digital kanban board that you can share with teammates! When working remotely, you can use Trello to manage your personal or team projects. It creates transparency and organization between you and your team members. With shared boards, you can see what other people are working on and what tasks are completed.
Go to https://trello.com to learn more about Trello boards.
3. Continue to operate with Script
Working from home creates unavoidable challenges when it comes to resources. Common day-to-day processes rely on an expensive and well-known resource: the big bulky printer. Unfortunately, not everyone has an in-home printer which can create a major barrier when working remotely. Luckily, there are online tools that allow you to replicate your processes digitally and printer free!
Script is a workflow automation tool that allows parents and staff to submit forms from any device without a login. Simply upload your form, set the process, and watch the submissions flood in. Track submissions on a dashboard and know where everything is at. Keep your district operating and collect information faster than ever.
Check out https://www.scriptapp.com for more information about taking your processes digital.
4. Keep it interesting with Minecraft Education
Online lectures and homework assignments will get boring really fast! If you are looking for a way to keep students engaged while learning, check out Minecraft Education. Minecraft education is a game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. Students are engaged with STEM learning in unique digital simulations. Keep students engaged and learning at the same time!
Visit https://education.minecraft.net/ to learn more about Minecraft Education.
5. Stay online with Kajeet
Students without in-home wi-fi face a major challenge when it comes to remote learning. Kajeet is a K-12 specific wireless company that provides students with internet access outside of the classroom. The SmartSpot hotspot provides more than just internet access. Districts can set up customized web-filters, time of day access controls, firewall security, and track real-time data. They also provide Free onboarding to get you up and running!
Connect with Kajeet at https://www.kajeet.net/ to learn more.
Each of these tools provide value when working remotely but they can also be used in your day-to-day office! Using technology to advance communication, organization, and accessibility will help create a healthier work environment for you and your staff. Whether you are at home or at the office, continue to take advantage of the resources available. Happy working!