Helping Others, Helping Myself
This was another learning and teaching week with UMConnect. I helped my co-worker, Angie, get ready for a UMConnect conference with people across the country. She managed to get another presenter from across the country on camera to help teach others on her topic of the day. As I helped her prepare, we found that it was always important to determine if the other presenters camera has an internal program that is using their video camera that the image will then not work on UMConnect. They need to turn off the other program for UMConnect to broadcast their image.
A couple of my Galaxy Conference teammates have been so happy with our collaboration across UMConnect that they are now taking classes at their own universities on how to use their own systems.
This week for Extension 2.0, I did spend quite a bit of time looking at the online applications. I even established a website on Google sites that I am using for our handouts for the Galaxy Conference. Basecamp is a little deciving in the sense that you can get a "free account" but that is like a free credit card. You can't really use it without paying after the free trial.
I like the Picnik site. I do have a good photo editor at home but now this gives me more access to one at work. I also like the idea of the file repositories. This may be useful to use at a conference where they have computer labs with the presentations on them for downloading. If you don't have a flash drive, save it to your online storage site. I use Netfiles but at times it is hard to understand how to share these files or give people access to them. Some of these seem a little easier to use than Netfiles. I found Zamzar interesting in that it appears that it is like someone volunteering to do conversions in their spare time. I did try Google docs but how it handled some of the graphics I had in a Word document seemed weird.