Category: Technology

A Game-Changing Tool for Online Collaborations with Miro.com

Miro is one of those tools that gets me so excited about the possibilities and how it can help teams get stuff done because it works transparently, for the most part, and allows you to create, brainstorm, gather feedback or quickly collaborate on the next steps. The tool works via your browser or you can download an app for your desktop or mobile device. If you have an Apple Pencil, Surface Pen, or similar you can draw, annotate more naturally on screengrabs, elements, or just write some notes.

In the past 90 days Miro has launched several new features:

  • It allows you to invite additional non-registered users for collaborating, gathering data, and participation without having to add them to a paid plan. This is a game-changer that opens up the possibilities of how you utilize the platform outside your primary team.
  • Visual tables which allow you to use rows and columns to organize text, graphics, icons, and screengrabs
  • Attention management which allows the board owner to gather all collaborators to a particular part fo the board to focus their attention
  • More integrations including Jira, Confluence, Trello, Airtable, Notion
  • Use your mobile device to convert handwritten stickies to virtual sticky notes that are editable

How I Use Miro:

  • Team brainstorming where we review concepts, gather ideas, organize concepts
  • Tracking stakeholder meetings, notes, and export as PDFs to share post meetings
  • Brainstorming: voting via collaborators
  • Quick wireframing using the PEN tool and lo-fi using the add-on
  • Creating tables to organize ideas
  • Moodboards to capture concepts, research, and feedback
  • Webinars to involve participants in sharing, brainstorming and collaborating
  • Working with journey mapping and mind maps for projects
  • Capturing stickies from my wall to share with remote team

This week launched a new MIROVERSE where you can share your templates with the community so that they can learn, get new ideas and personalize for your team.

Why are you still reading this? Jump over to Miro.com, sign up for a free account, and start to plan your team’s next collaboration session.

TLDC: Jo Cook Q+A Session around Live Online Learning

If you haven’t heard of the TLDC community online, you should strongly consider joining them. They offer daily chats using CrowdCast where you can listen in, share, and contribute as well as a Slack channel to stay connected within the L+D community.

Once you join, you have access to all the live broadcasts or can access via podcast or video replay post-event if you could not join in live. It’s $150 per year or $15 per month. https://www.thetldc.com

Last week, Jo Cook of Lighbulb Moment was a featured guest (she was amazing + dynamic) and I summarized some of her key points shared:

  • wired connection to your router will provide a faster connection for improved bandwidth
  • investing in a faster computer
  • audio quality is the most critical
  • adding a microphone or headset, based on the number and how often you use Logitech headsets recommended (I love them)
  • giant monitor or multiple monitors to be able to see all the feedback
  • minimize size and optimize assets to work with audience members who may have slower connections
  • can link to tools – adding surveys, feedback based on your tool
  • cameras = webcams – adding a external device leads to higher quality
  • what do I love best about the virtual classroom – “what drives me is helping people “Love when I can see people get that lightbulb moment”
  • what do I like least about the virtual classroom – “when the tech goes wrong” “this can happen in live classrooms, so learn around and how to work around these challenges
  • love hearing and seeing different perspectives, all sorts of different options and styles
  • Design interactions to avoid crickets, get the interaction from the start to help take advantage of the tools you have
  • Crowdcast. Adobe Connect, Zoom, GoToTraining, Webex, plus a whole lot more
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • Who are you working with?
  • Ease of use of the tool for the facilitator and the audience
  • Interactive: role plays (breakout rooms Zoom and Adobe Connect),
  • Need to let participants know what they need to do, prep and if they are using their webcam
  • Jo prefers 10 people in a virtual classroom so that she can get to know them and have the interactions she thinks is most helpful to adapt to their needs
  • More people, the fewer connections you can have with individuals which can prevent you from knowing the learning transfer
  • During your session, always think about how to get your audience involved, ask a question, feedback and the outcome you want
  • Think about “What can they be saying or doing instead of me?”
  • Download Jo’s Facilitation Guide via Jo’s blog can help and plan your session.
  • Adding a producer to assist, support, and provide quick feedback during a session.
  • Deliver with energy to help break thru the technology barrier
  • Get familiar with the technology ahead of time and get comfortable.
  • Call out, acknowledge, and connect with your audience chatting with you to build a bond. This is where a producer can assist while you are speaking to help provide feedback and support participants.
  • It’s ok to have silence for a moment.
  • Asking participants, what is your lightbulb moment for today?

Follow Jo on twitter @LightBulbJo and check out her web site.

View & Download Presentation: Using Your Mobile Device to Create Amazing Content #ATDTK19

View & Download the deck from the presentation on Thursday, Feb 7, 2019.

Are you looking for amazing ways to use your mobile device to create content? In this session, you will learn how to use your phone or tablet to brainstorm, sketch, take notes, collaborate, create audio- and video-based media, and animate using several mind-blowing apps. You’ll leave the session feeling inspired and have the practical information to apply one or more apps when you get back on the job. 

– Explore several apps to enhance creativity on your mobile device. 
– Discover several free and inexpensive apps to improve brainstorming, productivity, and collaboration. 
– Apply these apps immediately on your next project. 

Tool: Zoom Meetings for Collaboration (Desktop / Mobile)

We moved to Zoom last month and loving it. I work with several teams every day brainstorming, reviewing, and focusing on creating new experiences for our audiences. We had been a Webex house for several years and during a recent visit to San Francisco last month saw a billboard with Zoom.US on it and decided to check it out. Wow, it is powerful, what I love in the first couple weeks:

  1. Using an iPad Pro in a meeting with an Apple Pencil to quickly communicate, highlight, sketch or visualize a concept while someone is sharing their screen. Great for quick feedback and communication. Previously, would have to switch presenters, files or take a picture we can now focus on the creative side. (Quick video highlight below demonstrates remote view, while I am drawing on an iPad, viewers can see the highlights, and we can brainstorm the user experience.)
  2. Recording can be automatically saved to your desktop or the cloud and shared immediately.
  3. Quick visual feedback with icons or via chat.
  4. No problem sharing an invite and having first-time users view in their browser or quickly install and video chat with no roadblocks to date (using with several users around the world.)

 

Design, Create & Explore Learning with Your Mobile Devices #DevLearn Presentation Resource

View and Download a copy of the DevLearn 2016 Presentation. Any questions, feel free to reach out and connect.

Do you feel like you’re not taking advantage of your tablet or smartphone outside of email, text messaging, and a couple apps? Mobile devices can be much more than tools to consume content and conduct conversations. Your mobile device is armed and ready to not only uncover learning opportunities but also help create them.

In this session, you will learn about several amazing apps that will provide new ways for you to explore, learn, and create new content for your learners. The session will examine the various ways you can not only move content on and off your device but also edit it. You will leave this session with new applications, ideas, and approaches to maximize the potential of your best device for learning today!

In this session, you will learn:

  •  How to take advantage of your mobile device
  • New ways to be creative with your tablet and phone
  •  About new apps and tools to add creative splash to your content
  • How to create, edit, and move content on and off your device

 

Download / Resources for Compressing Audio and Video for Desktop and Mobile Delivery from #trgconf

From Training Magazines 2016 Conference in Orland this week.

Updated with the latest tools, resources and techniques to compress your media for optimal delivery to mobile and desktop devices. This session will provide an overview with everything you need to know about editing, preparing and delivering the highest quality video and audio to your audience. We’ll discuss techniques and interactivity that can be added as well as the latest standards and how you can take advantage of open source, free compression tools, as well as the latest applications for getting the smallest file sizes and the highest quality.