Backup Singers: Hitting Productivity High Notes with Helper Apps is a presentation on automation I gave at the Texas Distance Learning Association in 2015. The presentation highlighted ways to automate tasks.

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A traditional print handout felt too cumbersome for this presentation, which demonstrated several automation apps including text expanders, clipboard utilities, app launchers, and macros. After some reflection, I went with a MindMup mind map, which has links to my slides and additional information.

Since the presentation featured hands-on demonstrations of various products and the MindMup contained all the notes and references, the obligatory PowerPoint presentation mainly served as eye candy. The conference theme, musical collaboration, inspired the visuals. My student assistant Gwen Kimble and I made a series of images using graphic apps on an iPad, then animated the images in PowerPoint to create the slides shown below.