Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Free iPhone marathon training day

Tanks to the generosity of Jackie McBride of Brighter Vision Technologies, who is letting me use a Talking Communities room at no cost, I am organizing a day of free iPhone training and information, Saturday, 5 May. Here is what I have in mind. We'll see if it works, or if it is needed. I hope lots of trainers, and trainees, will drop by! The day is divided into three sessions, two of which are of identical scope. Sessions A. and C. Hands-on Assistance for Beginners: Session A: 13:00-14:30 GMT (9:00-10:30 A.M. Eastern, 6:00-7:30 A.M. Pacific.) Session C: 19:30-21:00 GMT (3:30-5:00 P.M. Eastern, 12:30-2:00 P.M. Pacific.) Session B: Intermediate Assistance, General Questions of all sorts: 16:00-18:30 GMT (12:00-2:30 P.M. Eastern, 9:00-11:30 A.M. Pacific.) More details: Sessions A and C: Many people have difficulty with basic iPhone use, making and receiving calls, navigating the home screen, and the like. The idea is to try to get those users the help they need. Depending on the number of attendees and the needs of each, we'll be able to help some in the room, while it is my hope that some expert users will be willing to be present and perhaps team up with frustrated users to offer some individual assistance elsewhere. If it turns out that this sort of help isn't needed, we can answer any and all other questions as in Session b. Session B: this longer session is designed for a wider variety of discussion and assistance. What is the best app to do so-and-so? How do you accomplish this (slightly more advanced) task? How does iPhone compare to this or that phone? I certainly can't answer all, or even most, of these questions, so I hope that many iPhone aficionados and experts will be present to lend a hand. Structure: Ideally, people will be present at the beginning of the session they wish to attend. At that time, I will ask each person to detail his or her expectations, questions and contributions. From this, I will create an agenda and we will strive to cover it. We may not quite succeed, but we'll try. As others come in, I will try to get your concern added to the agenda and your contribution noted. This is all an experiment. This endeavor will be useful, if it is needed, to the extent that people make the contributions they can make and are respectful of the process. How to take part: Come in to the room a few minutes before the session starts. The room is at Your username is your first and last name, no handles. No password is needed. If you haven't used Talking Communities before, you'll have to download the free client, which the site will invite you to do. Consider jackie for your needs in web hosting, web development training, JAWS scripting and tech support. You can write to her at If you want to communicate with me regarding this training/discussion, feel free to write to See you all Saturday! Dean

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