Monday, August 03, 2015

FMCA Madison

Little movie about the rally, made by Google Photos. (https://youtu.be/3PC-uLRSYt8)


This was a great rally for Geeks on Tour. Packed seminar rooms and a steady flow of people by our table, most of them signing up to become new members, or paying their membership renewal! Don't ask me anything about the rally in general, because we didn't see any of it!

FMCA always treats us very good. We've been presenting technology seminars for them since 2005! They gave us a parking spot at a nearby campground with hookups, so we were far from the madding crowd. We actually prefer to be close to the action, but I gotta admit, this spot was very pleasant.


We started with an overview "Technology for Travelers" seminar. I think our biggest crowd was for Google Maps.

And, the smartphone class is probably the most fun these days. We try to remember to take a selfie in that one.

This is a picture of our table, along with the "Geeky Tiki."

Surprisingly, the Google Photos class did not have a very big audience. About 100 I figured. But it was being Live-Streamed over the web and we were told much later that the viewing audience was 830! Wow!

I think the class I was most pleased with was the hands-on Smartphone Photography.

We offered this class twice in FMCA Pomona because I believed we needed to cap it at a maximum of 20 people. So we offered 2 to give enough opportunity for people to come. It's a 3 hour class and we're helping people one-on-one while trying to keep the class on track. It's hard work and we decided we would not do two sessions this time - so we increased the maximum to 30 people. I was nervous. But it worked out fine. We make people buddy-up. Each person gets a workbook, and we explain that the class is kinda like learning to swim by being thrown into the deep end. We have exercises for them to do and they learn by doing. I kept cracking the whip and moving things along, so we got thru (most) all of the material even with 30 people! And lots of people came up to us afterward saying that was one of the best classes they'd ever taken! They learned SO much that they didn't know they could do with their phones. AND they had fun.
For Geeks Who Teach, it just doesn't get any better than that!

All in all, the rally went so well that I find myself wondering, "Where do we go from here?" Can we just keep doing this same stuff for a while? Or have we run our course?  ???

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