Tech Tools to Help Your Chapter Thrive
There is no denying that technology is becoming increasingly more prevalent in society.
It’s hard to go anywhere in the world without seeing iPhones, QR codes, laptops and other fascinating gadgets. Thanks to these major developments in technology, we are able to do things much more efficiently and effectively than we have in the past. Here are five cool tech tools you can use to help you and your chapters THRIVE during your DECA year.
Prezi is a more visually engaging alternative to PowerPoint. The cloud-based software allows users to zoom in and out of their presentation, helping them explain their ideas. Rather than dividing their ideas into different slides, users can add them to one space called a canvas. They also have the ability to upload and edit anything from text to images to YouTube videos on their Prezi canvases. Once users create a path to connect their ideas, the canvas is ready to be presented online or offline from either a computer or an iPad. Overall, Prezi makes a great engaging, aesthetically pleasing tool for DECA competitive event presentations.
Since ambition is a characteristic of most DECA members, we tend to have an extremely booked calendar. This makes it difficult for us to consistently update our chapters or associations via Facebook and Twitter. That’s where HootSuite comes to help. HootSuite is a social media management system that allows users to schedule posts for their social media networks. HootSuite can integrate with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare, Mixi, MySpace, Ping.fm, and WordPress. If you have a weekly chapter meeting, simply schedule reminder Tweets months in advance, for example.
Glogster is the next generation of posters. It’s a social network that allows users to create free graphics blogs—or “Glogs.” The unique aspect of Glogster is that unlike typical 2-D posters, Glogs are interactive and engaging for your audience. Glogs are a great way to promote chapter events or initiatives in an appealing and interactive way through the web.
Known as “the first and most powerful enterprise social network,” Yammer is essentially Twitter for business people. Yammer brings the power of social networking to organizations in a private environment. It’s as easy to use as Twitter and Facebook, but it’s designed for organization collaboration, file sharing and information exchange. Yammer allows teams to communicate more efficiently and therefore complete assignments more effectively.
There are two parts to Google Hangout. The first allows users to host virtual meetings with up to ten people. The second part allows users to broadcast their entire conversation to the world. Google Hangout is not only a powerful medium to get your message across to a large audience, but it is also a great tool to work with others without physically being together.
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