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Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Latest EdTech Crush: Synergyse

I know it's a little early for Valentine's Day, but I'm in love. All of my paper hearts and candygrams will be headed to Synergyse this year (not to be confused with Synergy, the holographic computer from JEM and the Holograms).

So, what is Synergyse? According to their website:
"Synergyse is on a mission to teach the world how to use Google Apps™. To accomplish this mission, our team of former Google engineers built the worlds first fully interactive, measurable and scalable training system for Google Apps™."

But that really doesn't fully explain it. Basically it's an invisible helper elf who lives in your Google Apps and comes when you summon him via a magic "training" button. So, if you're in the middle of writing an email and forget how to attach a file, you can simply click the training button and an overlay appears showing you where to click and even includes audio narration explaining what you need to do. The training isn't just a video, it's a step-by-step interactive guide that gives you hands-on experience within your live account. Amazing. (See the video below for a demo.)

Synergyse has training for Gmail, Calendar, Drive and is expanding to other Google Apps. I know I geek out on a lot of techie sites, apps and devices, but this one is truly blowing my mind right now. The program even allows you to track analytics for who has gone through which lessons--- and it lets you add your own lessons should you so choose!

This has so much potential for impacting the use and adoption of Google Apps in our schools. Long, boring workshops or even short engaging ones still aren't as helpful as someone sitting down with you, one on one, in front of your computer, walking you through a process step-by-step. What's more is that since all of these lessons live in their corresponding Google App, it's on-demand learning. What you need, when you need it. Holy smokes, Batman - this is definitely worth checking out.

For a video demo see below!

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