Not just any meetings, but video conference meetings with people in Wisconsin. This I am not new to, I took a class on University of Southern Maine’s Saco campus where the Professor was in Lewiston and taught us over the wavelengths.
During this particular meeting, I was sitting one seat away from former Governor of Maine, Angus King. Now I was younger when he was in office, but he is known for a few things, one of them being MLTI - the Maine Laptop Initiative. This initial program is what jumpstarted MICDL (Maine International Center for Digital Learning) and Gov. King is the founder of MICDL. Each 7th grader in the state of Maine received a laptop because of the MLTI program, and eventually it spread, so that 50% of the high school students also had a laptop to use on a daily basis. So you can see where Gov. King might come in handy with the digital learning aspect of this small non-profit.
So onto the technical side of things, for those of you who may or may not be familiar with this technology it is a simple (or, really not so simple, but if you break it down…) connection of a TV, camera, and audio system that goes two ways - one sends a feed of the folks in Wisconsin to us, the other sends a feed of us to the folks in Wisconsin. And if I am not mistaken, you can add additional people into the video conference. I wish I could explain the setup in further detail, but I was not there for the connection. I do know that it is as simple as pushing a few buttons, and that once connected there are almost no issues - only a few times did the screen freeze, but we had no trouble with our audio.
Navigating the office world is easier than I thought it would be. The only foreseeable problem I will have is, how long can I play the game “No more laughing, no more fun: if you show your teeth or tongue you will have to pay a forfeit.”
(I’m only kidding, it’s really not that bad.)
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