Telecommuting – today’s buzzword for studying or working from home – can benefit a lot of families: flexible work schedule, no strenuous daily commute, increased productivity and improved work-life balance. Technology and the internet has made telecommuting a lot easier with various apps and websites available.
Free apps for virtual meetings
No need to be in one place for meetings. You only need a reliable online tool for your virtual meetings. There’s Google Hangouts, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and even Facebook Messenger. These enable you to hold meetings over the internet, with options for video-call, virtual presentation, and convenient file-sharing as well.
Free apps to help your productivity
Some apps are convenient and safe for file-sharing. With Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, WeTransfer, and Dropbox, large and confidential documents can easily be shared.
There are also free apps for notetaking, calendar, timers, and to-do lists that you can conveniently sync on your laptops and mobile phones. These will get you organized, improve time management and get more things done.
These apps will help you stay focused at work and lead a productive and balanced lifestyle for your family at home.
Free access to important government and news sites
Get updated and informed while working or studying at home. Some sites are important for daily viewing to get the latest news and credible information:
COVID-19 Tracker (ncovtracker.doh.gov.ph); National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (www.ndrrmc.gov.ph); Philippine Information Agency (pia.gov.ph); Department of Health (www.doh.gov.ph); ABS-CBN News (news.abs-cbn.com); CNN Philippines (cnnphilippines.com); GMA News Online (gmanetwork.com/news); News5 (news.tv5.com.ph)
PLDT Home is providing its WiFi Prepaid and volume-based plans subscribers free access to these important government and news websites. You can access them whenever, regardless of the data status of your connection.
Free educational tools at home
The opportunity to learn, grow and discover new skills does not stop when working at home. You can study a new language, try on new recipes or learn how to make videos or graphics online.
YouTube is the best place to start, with billions of videos available on just about every topic, including tutorials for anything you want to know. You can also listen to your favorite podcasts online for free.
For families with kids who are home-schooling now, this is the best time to enjoy free audiobooks and e-books online. Amazon-owned Audible is offering free-to-listen catalogue of children’s stories including literary classics, fairy tales, and a lot more for pre-schoolers, elementary, tweens, and teens. All these are available in six different languages.
You can also explore hundreds of museums around the world from the comfort of your home. Google Street View’s Arts and Culture section offers free virtual tours and exhibits of museums and galleries worldwide such as Tour Eiffel in Paris, British Museum in London, Taj Mahal in India, and Lizares Mansion in Iloilo. The National Museum of the Philippines also offers a 360-degree virtual tour on their website.