Working remotely is do-able from anywhere in the world, with some planning and patience. After a few trips of trying to tech internationally, I’ve learned a few things. All of them the hard way. Specifically, these tips are helpful for people who might work all-digital in their daily routine, and are going to a place where the tech (read: internets) are not the most reliable.
I get the idea behind the “Enroll before February 15th to make sure you’re covered on March 1st” campaign
People are procrastinators. Focus on an earlier “deadline” that might actually inspire some action upon reading it. Also, the “OMG We built it and no one will come!” panic hasn’t fully subsided, and life will be easier if enrollees get it done sooner rather than later.
But I worry this tactic might cause some confusion over what the actual deadlines for enrollment in the health exchanges are. Just sticking to the March 31 date and considering all the exceptions and qualifiers along the way is complicated enough.
I made an interactive kind of brainstorming/discussion wall with Padlet and sadly it doesn’t embed here. =( But please consider dedicating your 30th new tab to my Health Exchange Enrollment Board. I started with some of the common questions I’ve been hearing, and welcome new posts and prompts. Add your own and let me dig up an answer for you! No account making, security question memorizing or lame list serve subscribing required.
The new Digital Union location in Stillman Hall has a wireless display setup so you can deliver your content seamlessly by mirroring your laptop, tablet, even your smartphone. No more rushing out of the office, packing up your equipment, worrying about dongles and adapters and doo-hickys so everything connects.
Mirroring is often preferred over using a room’s pre-installed hardware, because it better preserves your formatting. Here are a couple of tips for presenting from your own device:
1. Presenting only your presentation:
Everything is synced these days. Applications are designed to be readily available to you. Desktop popups let you know there’s a message to respond to, a task delivered, a phone call to return. Mobile notifications send coupons you just can’t miss, meeting reminders, a friend in your vicinity, you name it.
These alerts, when managed selectively, can be helpful.
During a presentation, they can be annoying. Even weird, depending on the situation.
For this reason, Do Not Disturb is your friend.
It’s the moon icon on your iOS device. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to activate and deactivate.
On your laptop, go to Notifications under System Preferences or through your menu bar’s Notification Center.
My default was set to Do Not Disturb when mirroring to TVs and projectors.
2. Protecting your password:
Now you’re presenting, completely on your game. Say you’re presenting from your iPhone.
Someone asks a great question to which you respond thoroughly and intelligently. It takes a minute, and your device goes to sleep.
What to do? Politely ask everyone to look away? Type in your password quickly, hoping no one is paying much attention?
I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, you can swipe up and access the Control Center to turn off AirPlay before entering your password.
Of course, if you prep ahead of time, you can change your settings so it takes longer to fall asleep in the first place. But this is a good feature to know, just in case.
Have you ever over-shared when mirroring for a presentation? Do tell.
Narrowing down the best teaching and learning content on social media is seriously tough. There’s so much great stuff out there! I’m new to ODEE! Help!
… but any opportunity to have my name mentioned in someone’s acceptance speech is an opportunity I will not miss. Planning my red carpet ensemble now.
Okay, back to business.
- Best individual blog: Nicholas Breyfogle
- Best group blog: Digital First Impact Grants blog
- Best new blog: Jay Zagorski
- Best ed tech / resource sharing blog: Ohio State University Extension Ed Tech
- Best library / librarian blog: Digital Scholarship @ The Libraries
- Best administrator blog: Dean Wayne Carlson
- Best individual tweeter: Tom Evans @taevans
- Best twitter hashtag: #ltosu
- Best free web tool: what-would-i-say.com
- Best educational use of a social network: Nicole Kraft’s #osucomm2221 feed
- Best mobile app: OSU Mobile
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast: @Dr_Fus, for chemistry videos but more importantly delivering a lecture as Ron Burgundy and doing a Harlem Shake video before it was tired.
Good luck, nominees! I’ll look forward to receiving my VIP Award Ceremony and afterparty invitations in the mail.
More info on the EduBlog Awards and how to participate: http://edublogawards.com/2013/11/19/nominations/