There are plenty of applications available that make learning, teaching, designing or organising so much easier, you don’t have to be a professional to use them! We compiled a few must-haves that would be useful for students, teachers, parents, or even business owners.
Canva is an extremely easy-to-use graphic design platform. You can find pre-made templates to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, invitations, business cards, flyers, lesson plans, even Zoom backgrounds. Although the platform is mostly free, it does offer a paid subscription for added functionality. The range of tools offered includes the drag-and-drop functionality, easily discoverable image elements, a convenient photo editor with settings for filters, tint, brightness etc, basic cropping, straightening, and adding textures and colour correcting. In other words, it functions as a basic and free version of Photoshop that can be used with little to no photo editing knowledge. Moreover, Canva boasts a vast library of both free and paid visually attractive and impactful elements that will make any project you design pop!
Notion is an all-in-one workspace. It is an app where you can write, plan, collaborate and get organised. Notion provides a beautiful clean space to build your personal wiki (with endless layers of content), plan using a kanban view, a calendar or a simple list view and last, but not least, to capture your workflows and record everything creating spreadsheets and databases. With increasing work from home situations, Notion is a very useful application to incorporate into your day-to-day activities. Its real-time collaboration functionality helps groups to share, comment, assign reminders etc. Notion works with blocks, you name it: text, image, checklist, bullet points, and code. For instance, you can easily write a sentence and then transform it into a stand-alone page or an entire database. Notion claims that the possibilities it offers are (almost) endless! What we found the most interesting about Notion is that apart from using it to organise tasks and reminders, or scheduling your small business’ social media pages, it can be used for personal development goals: you can use it to formulate your personal growth plans, to visualise your target with roadmaps, include journal logs of your progress, track your habits and outline areas for improvement and many more! You can get creative with your use of Notion as a personal productivity tool.
If you’re looking for a convenient virtual whiteboard, look no further than Miro! Simple, intuitive and affordable, Miro is one of the best spaces to collaborate, brainstorm, and visualise ideas. With more tasks in workplaces and schools being done remotely, it’s more important than ever for teams to be able to successfully communicate and collaborate together. On Miro, you can create notes and designs, move things around, and communicate through embedded video calls or online chats. The tool also comes with a series of pre-built templates that can inspire or serve as a starting place for your project work. Another important feature to note is its app integrations and connections. Miro can connect to some other common innovation tools, such as Google Drive, Slack, Asana, Trello, and SurveyMonkey. Miro can also be used to encourage children and students at home to revise materials they learn through creative designs and brain maps, either as groups or individually. If you are new to digital whiteboards, fret not! Miro’s support & help centre hosts written guides to common questions and situations to help users. They also have a YouTube channel that offers a tutorial series on getting started with the whiteboard.