By Dave Forrester


February 7, 2010

A colleague of mine at school became stressed out about a project. She is volunteering for our School Counselor Association, working with a group of college/university professors on a publication project. She was going to meet with them during one of her work days far from our home town. She got behind at work and become extremely stressed out about leaving her family and students for almost two days across the state. She observed my strategies of getting up early in the morning, doing an Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Meeting session from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. with my own colleagues before my work day. Then a light came on for her, she came to me and asked for help with her situation. I asked her what problem she was trying to solve. She explained how she was in charge of collecting information on each section of the publication the higher education teachers where producing to explain their admission process. Each section of the publication needed to be analyzed by the group and edited for revision. I emailed her an Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Meeting Room URL and told her to send it out for an online meeting. I decided to help solve her challenge by creating multiple chat rooms labeled with the same headings found in the admissions publication. Each chat room was a bucket ready to be filled with the recommended revisions from the higher education group. I turned on the “Presenter Only Area” within Connect Pro and staged each chat room off to the side, ready to be dragged over into the “Participant Viewing Area.” The meeting began, all of the professors were impressed how organized she was by dragging each chat room over into their view. They would fill the chat room with their recommended revisions for each section, and then she would drag it off and drag the new one into view. This process went on for about an hour. At the end of the meeting, all of the professors and my friend were back at their jobs, in their geographic locations, working with students and not missing hours of work time. Finally, she just needed to copy and paste each section from the chat rooms and dump the information into a Word Document to send to the publisher. Once again, the technology of Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro came to the rescue.


  • By olar - 10:04 AM on March 14, 2010  

    I love you people.

  • By Tony Kinderknecht - 1:46 PM on April 21, 2010  

    Hi, I read your blog occasionally and I own a similar one and I was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I’m getting so much lately it’s driving me mad so any help is very much appreciated.

  • By Dave Forrester - 5:50 PM on April 25, 2010  

    We use “Movable Type” as the service to manage the Blog Site. I am not aware of a plugin or filter to prevent a lot of spam using “Movable Type.” I do get some inappropriate comments and spam occasionally, having to go inside our management system and clear them out. I am sorry I could not be more help.

  • By Jon T Washington - 10:24 PM on June 5, 2010  

    Thanks for this great website. I am trying to read some more posts but I can’t get your website to display properly in my Opera Browser. Thanks again.

  • By Dave Forrester - 4:52 PM on June 6, 2010  

    Thanks for your comment, I like to use Firefox. You may want to try Firefox as an alternative browser? Here is a link for free download:
    Dave Forrester
    Adobe Education Leader