Here are my favorite tools to run your online school.
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THE POWER OF HABIT
by Charles Duhigg
Somehow I missed reading this book when it published a few years back. It’s amazing.
Habits are a key factor in your life. Whether you want to learn how to change your habits, create new habits, or improve the habits of your learners, this book is a must read!
Tool of the Month
Do you offer a mix of courses and services? Then, you probably have a million tools to manage your contracts, client onboarding documents, invoices, etc. I know I did.
Now I only use one tool: Dubsado. It not only puts everything in one place, but it's also saved me countless hours of admin time. Everything is completely automated, templatized, and organized.
Email Service Providers
Webinars & Workshops
Crowdcast is my number one choice for webinars and workshops. Period. And I've used nearly a dozen. Plus their customer support is amazing. It's paid, so if you're looking for a free webinar solution, consider Google Hangouts. The engagement features built into Crowdcast will be a game-changer for your webinars and workshops. Check 'em out!
If you're looking for a non-browser based video conferencing solution, you can't go wrong with Zoom. It's got tons of education features, like breakout rooms and whiteboards. It works well in low-bandwidth situations. Plus the pricing is incredibly reasonable.
Quizzes & Surveys
Want to create surveys that get a response? Use Typeform. You can create surveys, simple quizzes, applications—you name it! Plus, it integrates with several email tools.
Screencasts & Video Editing
If you need to create screencasts, animations or edit your videos, Screenflow is my #1 recommendation. It's incredibly easy to use and directly exports to YouTube and Wistia. At $129 it's a steal. (Mac only)