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Just in time for Good Friday, we are finally getting the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

What are your thoughts? I’m excited for December 15.

Todoist Review

Chris —  February 24, 2017 — Leave a comment

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It’s been awhile since I wrote about productivity, but I recently I had a big ramp up in my project load and needed something more than reminders on my iPhone as a todo list. I don’t remember which podcast I was listening to, but when they were talking about goals for 2017 Todoist came up and I thought I’d give it a try.

There are a few things that are requirements for me in a ToDo manager.

  1. Native apps everywhere. Some of these platforms are great, but may not have a Mac app, or no iPad app. It’s really important to me to not have to jump between apps and web views depending on which device I’m working on. Todoist has me covered here. In fact all the apps are great and take advantage of the platform they are on.
  2. Easy to add new tasks. If I can’t easily add new tasks from where I’m at, and what app I’m in I know that I won’t use it. With Todoist, I can add tasks from the task bar on my computer, the today screen on my phone, an extension in my browser, and even via voice with my Amazon Echo. If you pay for the premium level you can also email tasks in.
  3. Scheduling Tasks. One thing that has always bugged me about many ToDo managers that I’ve tried is that you have to phrase everything just right for it to do what you want. I love that ToDoist uses natural language that for the most part works really well. I can type “Write blog post next Tuesday at 3” and it knows to set the schedule next Tuesday at 3. It sounds simple, but very few do it well.

If you could use a little ramp up in this area, give ToDoist a try.

Apple Event Sept 2016

Chris —  September 7, 2016 — 1 Comment

I know many youth workers out there love their Apple toys, and I’m one of them. Apple held their iPhone event today in San Fransico and they put out a great video summarizing what they announced.

I found a few items that may be of note for youth workers who might be thinking of picking up the new phone or watch.

  1. Water Resistance: this was mentioned for both devices. Now you don’t have to worry as much when you walk by the pool and someone tries to push you in.
  2. No More Headphone Jack: this could be a big deal to you if you plug your phone into the sound system in the youth room to play music through it. Luckily they included an adaptor in the box. A second adapter is only $9, so you may want to order a second one to keep in your sound booth. You may also want to consider getting a Bluetooth dongle to setup in your booth.
  3. Better Camera: The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is so true. Nothing tells the story of your ministry better than pictures and videos of your students. Now the iPhone 7 will give you one of the best phone cameras there has even been. Especially if you go for the plus and it’s dual lens setup for increased zoom and depth of field shots.
  4. Cheaper Apple Watch: since most of us have to be budget conscious, you can now get a supped up version of the original Apple Watch for $269.  I know the watch isn’t for everyone but I love getting notifications and the fitness tracking. Plus, you’ll be able to play Pokemon Go from it later this year.

What stood out to you?

Today we got the first look teaser trailer for the new next Star Wars movie. It isn’t Episode VIII, but it still looks like it’ll be a great new look at the Star Wars universe.

 

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Instagram began rolling out this week, a new feature in their apps that allow you to switch between accounts without logging out and logging back in. Anyone who tries to use two different accounts has got to be excited with this addition.

To use this new feature go to your settings in the app, and scroll down to add account. You can then sign into your second account and when you go to your profile, you’ll see a drop-down with your different accounts listed so you can choose which one you’d like to use. Also, when you go to post an image it reminds you which account you are logged into so you don’t accidently put that picture of your kids on your church account.

This is in the latest versions for both iOS and Android.

Read Instagram’s announcement HERE.

Free Christmas Movie Resource

Chris —  November 16, 2015 — 1 Comment

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I love being able to share great resources with fellow youth workers, it’s even better when they are FREE. It’s great of the fine folks over at the Youth Cartel to release a free collection of Christmas Movie lessons written by Joel Mayward. This could make a great short series in December leading up to Christmas.

The movies included are:

  • Elf
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
  • Joyeux Noël

Go grab the download and check out some of their other great resources.

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If the awesome new trailer that came out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t long enough for you, someone incredible person edited all the trailers into one masterpiece of viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Free Game – Choose A Move

Chris —  September 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

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I don’t know about you, but finding new games that students will enjoy is always a challenge. That’s why I was happy to see that the team over at Download Youth Ministry are giving away this game right now.

From their description:

Get it while it is hot – the Whip or the Nae Nae craze will be gone before you know it, so have some fun dancing and playing this silly fun game. Students simply choose a move, and then get eliminated one by one. Maybe throw in a dance off at the end!

I don’t know how long the giveaway is going on, so click on over there now. Enjoy!

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Get Paid Easy with PayPal.me

Chris —  September 4, 2015 — Leave a comment

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Sometimes getting people to pay for events can be difficult, wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to send someone a link so they could easily make a payment to you or your ministry? Paypal has done just that. You can now setup a link that will be yours that you can use to give people so they can make a payment to you in just a few clicks.

When you go to PayPal.Me you are prompted to pick your URL. If you pick one in your ministry’s name it may be easier for parents and students to remember when it comes time to pay. The next step is to link it to your PayPal account, and then you are ready to go. Once you do this you can pick colors and an image to brand the page to you or your organization.

When someone goes to your link they are prompted to enter an amount and then it goes to the PayPal signin or they can create an account. Creating an account may be a deterrent to some, but with so many people already having PayPal accounts this probably isn’t a huge issue.

If you would like to see it in action, here’s the link I setup: PayPal.me/crd.

Get started with your own link at PayPal.me.

Group Magazine Now Free

Chris —  March 3, 2015 — 5 Comments

Group Publishing announced today that you can now read the long running Youth Ministry magazine completely FREE. Group Magazine is making this change just a few issues after they celebrated their 40th anniversary. The other big change is the magazine is going from bi-monthly to a quarterly publication. The freebie not only includes the current issue, but you can access all the way back to the Jan / Feb 2011 issue.

You have 3 ways of accessing the magazine:

Group Mag Cover1. Visit GroupMagazine.com and read the web version. You can also access a full screen version HERE.

2. Download the iOS version to read on you iPhone or iPad.

3. Download the Android version to read on your Android device.