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Move Daycare Records to Your Smartphone, iPad, etc.

Organizing Files in a Filing CabinetStill moving files around the old-fashioned way? Good. So am I. Some information is too important to leave to chance. Keeping it on paper, in a filing cabinet, makes it available at all times – even if the power goes out or your computer is misbehaving. But, wouldn’t it be great if you could get the same information without having to print all that paper?

In our last article, we looked at how to Be Prepared for a Power Outage at your daycare or preschool, as well as other issues that may prevent you from having access to your Child Care Database.

Today we’ll show you how to move information from your computer to a handheld device like a smartphone, iPad, Kindle, or Android handheld. Why is this important? Because cellular phones (and 3G/4G capable handhelds) are battery powered and use cell towers to connect to the internet. Even when the power in your building goes out, you’ll still have access to the information you need. In fact, WiFi capable handhelds would be able to access important child and family information too, even if your WiFi connection was down. Sound too good to be true? Continue reading

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Getting the Right Help at the Right Time

Ever feel like throwing a party when you actually figure out how to do something on your computer? It can be like that sometimes. You struggle with a task, but when you finally figure it out – and realize how easy it will be next time – you’re ready to celebrate!

The key, of course is that you are able to find your answer. As a technical writer that’s my job. To make sure you find the right help at the right time. But that’s also the ultimate challenge. How do I know what you need at any given moment?

Well, that was a topic of conversation at a recent convention of technical writers I had the privilege to attend. I know, I know, you’re thinking B-O-R-I-N-G. But actually, it can really energize you to learn what other people in your field are doing and gain insight on how to do things better.

So what did I learn? How can we make it easier for you to do what you need to do? Continue reading

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