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Tech Coffee Break – June 1, 2015

Here are the highlights from the Tech Coffee Break from June 1, 2015.

Lori Scharmer said she read in Let’s Communicate about how Bob helped Amelia Doll use Skype to record a screencast. Skype for Business is a tool that many staff are used to and simple to use. http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm/lets-communicate/screencasting-with-skype-for-business

Molly Soeby is using Prezi (presentation software) and Canva (graphic creation).

Becky mentioned you can use Skype for Business with people outside of NDSU.

Dena wants small equipment to haul, so she explained how she got an adapter to connect her iPad with a projector. Here's an adapter for newer iPads/iPhones, http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD825ZM/A/lightning-to-vga-adapter. Here is one for older iPads/iPhones, http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC552ZM/B/apple-vga-adapter. You can connect some Android phones/tablets to some projectors using this adapter, http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-integrated-Charging-Samsung-MHL-enabled/dp/B00SRJF5TM.

For those of you who have to haul equipment.  Our office just purchased a portable/compact tabletop projector screen that weighs 6.40 lbs  Recordex-USA.  On sale right now for about $130.  Ordered online from Schoolsin.com.   https://www.schoolsin.com/REC-803050.html

We talked about portable projectors. In a large, dark room, you will probably need a projector with 2,500 lumens, but in a lighter room you may need 3,000 lumens. Many smaller "Pico" projectors have 100-300 lumens and are designed for use in small,dark rooms, often in a home setting. Here is an example, http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-S1-LED-Projector-Lumens/dp/B00I3UTUNW

Linda Schuster needs to learn the TurningPoint clickers. PollEverywhere and Mentimeter can do similar work with texting for just a few questions. Glenn used PollEverywhere at an out-of-town meeting when he didn’t want to haul the clickers. There were a few glitches, but overall it worked.

Sonja shared how Skype for Business offers polling. Go to the screen icon and click on More and choose Polling.

Glenn encouraged participants to share the tip or two they learned today with their colleagues.


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