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Collection of tech tools for efficiency, effectiveness, and fun. Focus tends towards low-cost or free tools and apps.

Trello. Asana · Teamwork without email. PowerPoint TimeLine. Canva – Simple, free graphic design. ColorZilla - Eyedropper, Color Picker.

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Working w/ Video. Aea365 Office Timeline. I’m Naomi Walsh and I am a novice consultant.

aea365 Office Timeline

One of the challenges of breaking into consulting is presenting yourself as a professional. One way that I do this is to share timelines for projects that I am working on – they show that I am organized and prepared, and provide a visual planning aid for those with whom I am working. Hot Tip – Office Timeline 2010: I recently found this free PowerPoint plug-in that incorporates an extremely easy to use timeline maker right into PowerPoint. It includes a wizard that walks you through, step-by-step, adding planning stages and milestones, creates a great-looking timeline, and then has options for tweaking the results. And, it’s free. Office Timeline Once Installed in PowerPoint The resulting timelines may be shared within a PowerPoint presentation or, as here, clipped and incorporated into other documents. Example Timeline Lesson Learned: Installation can take a few iterations.

Evaluation · timelines. Aea365 tungle.me. My name is LaMarcus Bolton, and I am the American Evaluation Association’s Technology Director, as well as a doctoral student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

aea365 tungle.me

Today, I wanted to let you know of a few good resources when surmounting barriers when working with colleagues and/or clients. Rad Resource: When you’re working with multicultural colleagues or clients, the language barrier is often prevalent. Fortunately, there are tools available to help.

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Aea365 Netvibes. Netvibes. Zotero. MyNetResearch. Dipity. Bookmarking. CometDocs. Dropbox. Tagxedo. Aea365 Tagxedo. Good Morning!

aea365 Tagxedo

Here, AEA’s Executive Director. We’ve had a number of posts talking about creating and using word clouds, primarily in terms of creating them through wordle. Word clouds take a set of text and create a cloud of the most frequent words in that text with word size within the cloud based on frequency. Here’s an example that I made today using the AEA square logo and the text from the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators . AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators as a Word Cloud I’ve turned to wordle time and again to make a word cloud, but I recently was introduced to Tagxedo and it solves a lot of the shortcomings in wordle and extends the functionality. You can upload your own image and wrap text around the image (or the inverse of the image). You can save to multiple formats including high-resolution formats appropriate for printing as well as the standard lower resolution options good for the web.

From here, you’ll just need to go play – the customizability is extensive. Data Visualization: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report. Prezi. Aea365 - Prezi. My name is Penny Black and I am a Public Health Program Evaluator at the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.

aea365 - Prezi

As an evaluator, I am often called upon to present or facilitate discussions of evaluation results. Rad Resource – Prezi: For years, the presentation tool standard has been Microsoft PowerPoint. I have recently begun to use, however, Prezi, a presentation software product that uses “zooming” technology to create visually stimulating presentations (www.prezi.com). For those who haven’t used Prezi (or even heard of it), I thought it might be helpful to have a comparison of industry-standard PowerPoint and newcomer Prezi. Please note that this review is based on my personal experience, others may have different experiences and opinions. Hot Tip: Use a dark background for better visibility in large rooms.

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Bubbl.us.

Loved this tool - it was quick and easy to get started and relatively easy to learn how to modify formating and tweak the alignment between bubbles. Nice that there is a free trial option - subscriptions seem reasonable as well. – kisbundas

Ganttzilla. Google. Link Diagnosis. Aea365 Inbound Website LInks. I’m Susan Kistler, the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association.

aea365 Inbound Website LInks

I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365. As part of our monitoring efforts for AEA’s website, we regularly review backlinks –links into a site from another site. Backlinks give you an idea of the level of exposure of a site, the types of ‘friends’ it keeps, and commentary related to the site’s content. For evaluators, checking backlinks can help you to: evaluate a program’s site, programs, and messaging; research a particular client or interviewee; or understand better the references to your own firm’s (or a competitor’s!)

Stickies. Stickies is a PC utility I wrote to try to cut down on the number of yellow notes I was leaving stuck to my monitor.

Stickies

It is a computerised version of those notes. The design goal behind Stickies is that the program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the registry. Stickies stores information in a single text-based ini file. Stickies will never support animated dancing figures, or play "Greensleeves". Accolades Since I made Stickies available on the web, some people have been kind enough to write to me saying nice things about it: This is for everyone who has an affection for good sticky notes programs. From the volume of mail I get I would guess there are tens of thousands of users. Stickies has the ability to support some other languages for the menus and dialog than English. Acknowledgements.