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6 Low Cost and No Cost Technology Tools You Need for Training

Arthur Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and other books, once said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." And while "advanced" is somewhat subjective, technology tools provide magic's behind the scenes glance into communication, clarity, process, documentation, followup, and training staff, volunteers, and populations you serve.

I recently gave this presentation at a Non-Profit Training Day. These tools are so good and applicable even if they are low-cost and no-cost, I had to share them!

Tool 1: Asana

Any training project should start with a plan. Asana is a tool that allows you to create a project plan and allows you to share your plan with others and to assign out tasks. You can create your own categories. There is a free version, a paid upgrade version, and a mobile app. Visit to learn more.

Some other tools to consider: Trello,, and Drop Task.

Tool 2: Canva

Canva is my new love! It is an online-graphic design based software that allows you to create beautiful job aids, social media posts, logos, documents, postcards, images, business cards, and more. There is a free version, a paid upgrade version, and a mobile app. I created the graphic on this page with Canva. Visit to find out more.</