Monday, December 10, 2012

TechnoGeek Learning Rally

Wow - I haven't had a minute to even think about posting to this blog.  But, I have been posting almost minute by minute to the Facebook page for our TechnoGeek Learning Rally.  You can check it out over there - a Facebook 'Page' is completely public, you don't even need to have a facebook account to view it.

This is the second time we've put on our TechnoGeek Learning Rally.  The Techno part is our friends, Phil and Tracey, of TechnoRV.  They are fulltime RVers who make their living while on the road by selling technology for RVers.  Things that keep you safe like tire pressure monitoring and electrical system management, and things that make life easier like Wi-Fi boosters and routers.  They teach these things at the big RV Rallies - and that's where we got to know them.  Their seminars and our seminars are both quite popular, so we had the idea of having a rally where it's all Geek and all Techno, all the time!

We held our first TechnoGeek Learning Rally this past April.  If possible, I think we covered even more material this time than the first one!  We started with photos - learning about all those settings on your camera.  This is a popular class of Phil's.  Then he gave everyone an assignment to look for a different type of picture - letters.  They had to take the pictures, then edit them using Picasa, and put them together in a collage.  Here are a couple of the results:

We taught an hour of  'Smartphone Boot Camp' every day after lunch.

 I think my favorite comment was from an attendee who said his kids were so impressed when he sent them a panorama photo taken from his smartphone.  They didn't know how to do that!

It was a pretty intense week, with lots of hard work.

Lots of good food

And lots of fun

You don't even have to take my word for it, several people who attended also keep blogs.  You can see what Nick Russell had to say in his blog posts:

Or Marci Gimmarro's blog:

or Larry Vanstone's blog:

And last, but not least, listen to the's one hour podcast devoted to the rally including interviews of several attendees.

It was an intense, productive, and fun week.  As happened at the Escapade rally earlier this year, I ended the week with a cold and spent the entire day in bed.  Now - Sunday night - I am back among the living.  I'm wondering if there is a way to keep the productive and fun part while easing up on the intensity.  Any suggestions are welcome!

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