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My Mobile Tools for Kidmin

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Dropbox
What is it?
A web-based file sharing application where you can share documents across several different platforms, including computers and mobile devices.
How I use it.
We use this a lot. Since we have a few campuses. We use Dropbox to share files with other campuses. This keeps us from having to purchase and keep track of portable file sharing drives. We can also update many files anywhere at any time. I have this installed on my iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone.

Evernote
What is it?
This is my favorite note taking program hands down.
How I use it.
I have this installed on everything as well. I use this to jot down quick notes. I have pictures, ideas, emails, you name it—it’s in my Evernote. I categorize and tag everything so I can easily find what I need when I want it. Here’s a post from Ryan Frank.

Planning Center Online
What is it?
PCO as it’s called is the best service planning software out there for churches and it’s web-based (what’s not these days!?).
How I use it.
We use PCO for all our Elementary grade services on all our campuses. We also use it for our mid-week family experience. It’s even a great volunteer scheduler.

Fellowship One
What is it?
F1 is a web-based church management software.
How I use it.
We use it for kids’ check-in at all our services and events with children. We use it for our church-wide database, volunteer management and almost anything else as it relates to keeping track of people in our church.

Bamboo Paper
What is it?
Bamboo Paper is a fun app for my iPad that I use for handwritten notes.
How I use it.
I love technology, but sometimes I need to take notes in a hurry and thumb typing just doesn’t do the trick. Or, I want to draw something out and that’s also hard to do with a keyboard designed for thumbs. This app allows me to take quick notes and draw out ideas on a digital platform, which I then end up sending to Evernote!

Pages
What is it?
It’s pretty much Microsoft Word for your Mac.
How I use it.
Since I somehow acquired every iDevice there is, I use it often on my iPad, iPhone, etc. Admittedly, I still prefer Word, but Pages still does the job and the great thing is that my documents can be saved as a PDF or Word document for later. Pages is very user-friendly and I like that.

Keynote
What is it?
This is pretty much PowerPoint for Mac.
How I use it.
I am always on the go and this is a nice way to create presentations for speaking engagements or children’s ministry on the go. Again, I prefer PowerPoint of the two and when Microsoft eventually creates a Word and PowerPoint app, I will update this post!

Church Metrics
What is it?
Church Metrics is a web-based stat tracker for churches created by Lifechurch.tv (they created YouVersion too!).
How I use it.
This is where I enter all my attendance, salvations and baptisms. I like it because it’s easy to use, has simple and fast graphs to view and it’s just super easy to keep track of attendance. You can literally just enter it in on your phone and say goodbye to paper.

ScoreCenter
What is it?
ESPN’s app.
How I use it.
Often to keep my sanity and stay plugged into the wide world of sports.

What programs or apps help you in children’s ministry?

PJ

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4 Responses to “My Mobile Tools for Kidmin”

  1. Greg Baird says:

    Bamboo Paper!! Who knew there was such a thing! Getting it now so I can walk around with you next week at CPC taking notes of all the other cool things you do! ;)

  2. I too had done a post like this as I was reflecting over me not using an office anymore, even though my church provides a very nice one for.
    http://www.toddmckeever.com/2012/02/my-daily-tools-used-to-stay-mobile/

    I liked how you had some that I did not have. Thanks for posting.

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