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July 3rd, 2012 at 5:00 am

Teach Your Kids to Be Smart About Money With Tykoon

Teaching your kids the real value of money is an important part of parenting. But it’s a challenge. They think money grows on trees and that mom and dad have an endless supply of cash for all things cool and fun. And the diligence required to teach the fundamentals can be a challenge for busy moms and dads.

Enter Tykoon, a website and iOS mobile app combo that provides a task-and-reward financial management program that can help your kids, starting as young as 8, get an understanding of the power of earning money of their own that they can use to buy, save and/or give away to charity. Both you and your children use it to establish a series of tasks and chores that, when completed, are rewarded with cash or other compensation such as TV or computer time.

You begin by setting up your account and adding your children, with allowance details (optional) and a breakdown of the portion of their earning that will go towards savings, spending and giving. Your kids create a wishlist of items that they would like to buy when they’ve reached their goals.

Then you add all of the tasks that they are responsible for, their frequency, and value of completing each one.

As your child completes the assigned tasks, they earn their pay and it accumulates in their account. When they’ve reached their goals, they can then purchase their desired items, donate their designated portion to a charity and/or just let their money grow. They and you can monitor their ongoing progress and achieve badges to help keep the momentum going and recognize their achievements.

Their purchases can be completed using an driven interface with kid-friendly and parent-approved selections. Once they complete their end of the transaction, you have the final approval before any money is actually spent.

Learning financial responsibility is hugely important for kids. Tykoon is a great way to instill a respect for the process of working towards goals and reaping the rewards of that effort. And it’s also a wonderful tool for teaching the importance of giving. A choice of kid friendly charities are chosen directly from the website. There is even a social media component that lets your children share their progress with friends and family for support and encouragement.

I love that Tykoon provides a really smart way for kids to learn, earn, and give back. The website and app present a controlled environment that is easy to use and empowers them to become savvy about managing money. And that is a skill that pays dividends for a lifetime.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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March 13th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Join.Me – Easy Screen Sharing and Remote Control

Do you ever get a phone call from someone who needs help figuring out their computer issues? On their end, they are trying to explain and describe what is happening and you’re trying to envision what that actually is so you can help. This can be pretty frustrating. Unless you’ve had the same problem or they are really good at describing the situation, helping them out can be a challenge.

What really helps is to be able to see for yourself what’s going on. But making a house call isn’t always possible. That’s where comes in. This is an amazingly simple way to connect to another computer so you can actually watch their screen, or even take remote control.

It’s easy to use. Just go to the website. Your options are to either Share or Join. If you want to have someone else see your screen, you select Share, run a quick executable file to create a machine registration number, and bring up the join me popup. The other participant(s) enter the ID number in the Join field and presto – they can see your screen and all of your activity.

Features of include a chat window or initiating a call via internet or phone. You can grant control of your machine to another participant so they can drive. You can also include up to 250 additional people for a conference call.

This is a great way to demo a new application, run a meeting, troubleshoot a problem or just let someone show you their work without having to send files. It’s a great teaching tool and a real convenience, especially for someone like me who gets help desk calls a lot, often from a different state. So easy to use and incredibly convenient.

The basic application is free but there is also a paid version which offers more business meeting and advanced features. There are also viewer apps for iphone/ipad  and Android.

I just love easy and elegant solutions.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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