Technology has brought us digital tools to change the game for us, but are we ready for the impact? Before you continue reading, I will tell you the story of my friend – Becky. Becky was so good at math that any figure she came across she always tried to solve with her head, went all good till she encountered more rigorous figures, then she would try solving them with her head and waste some time doing so. “Simply use a calculator” I would say, she frowned at my idea for a while and finally gets one – eventually. This was after she wasted enough time and effort doing what she could have done for 5 minutes for 5 hours.
You reading, I know you are here reading because you don’t want to be like my friend – Becky and I’m certain you would get enough value reading this article. Digital tools always come in handy for various reasons, especially for time-saving. If you deploy them well, they could literally save your day and bring greater results for you at work or home.
What are digital tools?
Digital tools are any devices, program, resource or even a website that helps to knock down tasks and create ease in the process of the activity. They can either be in software form where they need to be downloaded or installed, some come preinstalled in our devices and some could be in hardware form as well. Any tool that helps to complete tasks digitally without much physical or manual effort is a digital tool.
There are various examples of digital tools, one of them was highlighted earlier when I recommended a calculator to my colleague, the calculator is a digital tool for her in that respect. Moreover, in a broader sense, digital tools are much more useful to people who operate in techier environments. Some of the examples here would be relative.
Examples of digital tools:
we have software tools like Zoom for video classes, portable hardware tools like Chromebook, iPad etc. that can be used for both online and offline learning. Non-portable like Your desktop computer is also part of them. these tools help to get more engagement with students and create ease in record taking no matter the proximity or size of students involved.
Hootsuite, google workspace, Twitter, click up etc. to learn more about these apps do visit Decasio.
tools like WhatsApp business, google my business, zoom also come in handy. Not leaving out spaces where businesses can showcase their product and run adverts like Instagram, Twitter and Google.
Importance of employing digital tools:
It was 2 am, I for some reason went to the kitchen to get some midnight snack, I came across this roach scheming the wall scavenging for food or so. I quickly brought out my odourless insecticide and sprayed some on its motionless body (it probably was blind or was I so sharp? No, I just think ants crawl faster though! lol, it’s just a thought). As a result, the cockroach fell and unfortunately landed on my gas burner, I was like “oh well, good riddance to bad rubbish” I lit the gas and ‘roast!’ but never min, no one eats roaches.
Awkward experience, right?
Well, this story simply shows the importance of insecticide in that situation. That’s exactly the advantage of having the right tool at your disposal. I could easily pick up a broom to chase the cockroach, probably kill it, but a lot could go doing that; either smash something else in an attempt, get angry that I missed and take a harder shot that would probably break the broomstick. The simple solution here was the insecticide.
Digital tools aid:
- Data centralization
- Speed and transparency
- Continuity and consistency
- Communication channel for teams
As useful as digital tools may be, there is of the utmost importance that they are put into play the right way. Proper use will yield proper results. However, everything in life has its cons and therefore such cons must be properly addressed. Visit the Nielson Norma group to see more on this.
Few recommendations for getting the right tools;
- Keep your Password in a safe place you can easily assess to avoid login issues.
- For team projects; get tools that resonate with the project and all parties can operate with.
- Ensure features in the apps are easy to peruse and not too ambiguous for lower staff to operate.
- Lookout for passwords thieves; communicate the importance of keeping passwords safe to team members
It’s important to note that different tools work for different situations, an example is a car owner having the ease to drive conveniently when the road is free, however, when stuck in traffic congestion a motorcycle becomes more useful to ply. Every tool has its advantage to where it has relevance. So, it becomes paramount to select the right tool that possesses a solution more peculiar to your case.
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