Friday, August 08, 2014

Back in Rally Mode

We scheduled ourselves into a small rally in Albany, Oregon for the week before the big rally. It was in the fairgrounds where we’ve been before. So we got to relax and ease back into presenter mode. It’s been a while! Our last rally was back in Goshen.
Here’s our parking spot at the fairgrounds.

It was a nice little rally. We were able to sit with individuals at our table and go thru all their questions. One person had a new Galaxy Note 10.1 – just like mine – so that was fun. Then another person needed help with her iPhone. I always like that to see how much my iPad knowledge translates. Here's our table:

Then we gave a couple of our regular seminars, and last a hands-on smartphone/tablet class. The people in this group were in the perfect place, they all had a phone and used it for calls, texts, and emails ok, but were not aware of a lot of the other stuff they can do. By the end of the session, they were all talking so excitedly about how much they learned. That’s what we live for!

And we were so excited because we had a new toy. Have you heard of AppleTV or ChromeCast? Well, we have both of those also, and we use them at home to project our phone or our iPad’s screen to our TV, but they don’t really do what we want in a seminar presentation situation. Jim just got the Samsung AllShare Wireless HDMI Display Adapter. So, as long as the projector has an HDMI port, we can be standing anywhere in the room with either our Samsung phones or tablet and whatever we’re seeing on the tablet is being projected to the big screen. Our powerpoint presentations work on the Samsung tablet, we can show web pages too. But my favorite part is that we can tap the camera app on the tablet, then we’re seeing – and the audience is seeing – whatever we’re focused on. So … we can stand next to a student who has a question on their iPhone for example, and we can focus on their phone and their hands – as we step them thru the answer to their question, everyone else in the room is seeing it too! I love it.
One little rally down, one big one to go. Over the mountains to Redmond we go!

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