Posts in Category "Adobe Connect"

February 10, 2010

Project Virtual Mathematics – Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro

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The project with one of my math teachers at Olympia High School is going very well. At the beginning of the school year, I helped him learn how to use a Connect Pro Meeting Room from our hosted school district Connect Pro Account. I helped him set up a simple “Meeting Room” he could open each morning when he decides he wants to make a recording of his math lectures in front of his students. He just needs to open up the “Meeting Room” each morning before teaching his class and launch the software that integrates with his Smart Board. The Smart Board comes with software that displays the Smart Board image on his desktop. I can imagine other educators using peripheral technologies like a Wacom Tablet to be able to pull of the same result of recording a screen share of a computer desktop displaying a run through of a math problem. I provided him with an extension cord for his USB Headset so he could walk around with ease in front of his students. Basically, he opens a “Meeting Room,” begins a screen share and recording of his desktop, then guides the students through math problems while talking into his USB headset, and then posts the URL attached to the recording of the math lecture to the school website. The strength of using Adobe Acrobat Connect Profession is the ability to do a synchronous recording of the math lecture. Once the math lecture is over, there is no need to spend another thirty minutes uploading a media file to a server. The recording is ready for viewing on the web at the very moment the teacher stops speaking to the students. This technology tool could not be any more efficient and effective for a teacher to use in the classroom. The students really appreciate having the option to go to the school’s website and review any lecture that was posted by the teacher.
Virtual Math Lectures
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February 7, 2010

Chat Rooms Can Be Like Empty Buckets

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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.
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January 30, 2010

Connecting Teachers to Classrooms with Adobe Connect

Recently an intrepid group of teachers in Palm Beach County undertook a remarkable journey–a 6 day canoe expedition through the northern reaches of the Florida Everglades. Sponsored by a local environmental group, the Arthur Marshall Foundation, these teachers and their guides paddled from the north shore of Lake Okeechobee to the Grassy Waters Nature Preserve in West Palm Beach as a means to draw attention to the ongoing battle to preserve the natural areas that once predominated in South Florida, but that have been lost to development and agriculture.
As fascinating as the trip was, the teachers were able to interact with their students and with others around our school district while in the Everglades. Armed only with an inexpensive netbook computer, a wireless cellular aircard, and an Adobe Connect virtual classroom, the teachers spoke with their students each morning and answered their questions–making the experience one that hundreds of students could share and one that took the idea of a teachable moment to whole new levels.
In the 6 minute video below the teachers and students relate what the experience was like for them, and once again demonstrate how powerful technology can be when placed in the hands of talented educators.

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November 22, 2009

How To Prepare For The End Of The World With Connect Pro?

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I remember vividly now. I was preparing for my K12 Connect Pro User Group Meeting. I was excited because I dialed in my content for the meeting. I had three computer screens filled with multiple Connect Pro Meetings. I was ready to dazzle my audience with the Acrobat Connect Pro Software Architecture, File Sharing Pods, Polling Pods, and Shared Content. I began to chat with someone online with me before the meeting. We both realized he was over on the next saltwater inlet over from where I lived. I thought what a small world I live in with some many people. I looked up and notice the wind was really blowing, the water was churning with white caps on the water in front of me. I thought to myself. It would be a real bummer if I was online with all of these people, being the leader of the group and would lose power. I made a joke with my new friend, “well if I disappear from the face of the earth inside Connect Pro it is because I lost power.” He joked back with me. The time approached and I realized I had more people in my session than ever before. I reached out to my friend at Adobe who is a Connect Pro expert and invited him to jump into my session as backup through an email. I saw someone from NASA even join my session. I began my session. I had a great flow going with my audience. I was having a blast and the wind kept pounding through the trees in front of me. Then it happened, a large tree went down in my neighbor and zap, the power was gone. I had a UPS, but my internet connection was toasted. I ran down to my garage and pulled out my generator. I thought if I was back within five minutes maybe people would not notice I was gone, you think of real dumb stuff in the middle of a crisis. I fired up my generator, switched over my switch box and I was back online with power. I ran upstairs, tried to fire up my computer. The computer can back online, but my internet connection was still toasted. I decided to blog about my experience to turn a “Lemon” into “Lemonade.” I have realized now that anytime I am doing a large event, I need to have backup. I would encourage everyone to have someone who can second as “Host” in your Connect Pro Meeting Room. The person should be in another state or region if you think a natural disaster may occur during your session. If I had planned it right, my friend Bruce would have joined my session. I could have promoted him as “Host” before the session began, then when I lost power, he would have notice I was gone and would step right in and continue the meeting. The trick to this strategy is that I would have had someone in a different geographic location where a power outage would not influence the outcome of the session. You live and learn, giving me another great Connect Pro war story to my collection.
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November 2, 2009

Acrobat ConnectPro User Community – Join Now!

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Acrobat ConnectPro User Community is a great community site which is free and a place where you’ll find a wealth of resources that will help you learn the technology and connect with others who are passionate about the Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional Suite. The site is broken down in five main sections: Community, News, Events, Learning Center, and Forums. The Community section offers User Group management, connecting you to others in your geographic or industry, a Member Directory, Community Gallery where you’ll find Adobe Presenter Presentations, recorded Connect Pro meetings, Partner Showcase, and Spread the Word. The News section offers the ability to Subscribe to the News RSS Feed to any News and/or Blogs that are happening within the community. The Events section alerts anyone to upcoming Meetings, Seminars, and lists an archive of past records of key meetings and presentations. In addition, the Learning Center contains tutorials, topic of the month, Connect Pro Extensions, and Additional Resources. Finally, the Forum section allows for the ability to community members to post important information, announcements and events. I started Connect Fridays for the Adobe Education Leadership Program and now have moved over to manage a monthly ConnectPro User Group meeting for K-12. Please join me every third Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time to learn about the ConnectPro suite. Everyone is invited! Meeting URL: http://www.connectusers.com/groups/k12/events/389/.
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8:38 PM Permalink
October 19, 2009

Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro and Telephone Integration

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Headsets, Chat, VoIP, Internal Microphones, Webcam Microphones, and External Phone Calls are the most popular ways in which people use to communicate inside Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. For individuals with a hosted Connect Pro account or for the fortunate ones who have their own Connect Pro Server Cluster, telephone integration with Connect Pro is the way to go. Go ahead and put the headsets away and contact a company like MeetingOne: http://www.meetingone.com/us/ and get your Adobe Connect Pro Meeting Room configured to call your educator’s cell phone or office phone automatically. Yes, the Connect Pro Meeting Room will call you and get you right into the meeting room with up to 50 other individuals. Just contact MeetingOne and set-up the “Conference Room Number” and “Host Access Code,” then login into your Adobe Connect Pro account and go to “My Profile” and then “Edit My Preferences” save the information, open up your room, and turn on the internal telephone bridge and start talking and sharing in real time. It even gets better, the telephone integration works with the recording feature inside Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional. Anyone can now turn on the recording while talking on the phone and retrieve the audio and presentation from the Meeting Room. In addition, I watched the keynote from Adobe MAX 2009 and saw in amazement how cell phones will be able to host a Connect Pro Meeting. So basically, you can be inside your car, looking at the ocean, open up a Connect Pro Meeting Room on your cell phone and have the meeting room call the cell phone sitting in your hand, what is Adobe going to think of next?
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8:47 PM Permalink
September 20, 2009

H1NWhat? Free Tools to Share and Collaborate at a Distance

Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro is an awesome service for presenting and collaborating at a distance. Unfortunately, not a lot of people at the University of Denver (and other universities, I’d imagine) have a Connect Pro license and have to look elsewhere for such services. In preparing for the H1N1 Influenza virus, faculty actually have a lot of options beyond setting up a standard Blackboard course. Adobe offers some great free tools to help users collaborate across great distances.
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One of the services provided by Adobe is called ConnectNow, which actually shares a lot of functionality with Connect Pro. You won’t be able to conduct an entire class with the service (as it only supports a limited number of connection per room) but you can share your desktop, take control of a student machine to work through a problem, and it includes rich whiteboarding and chat tools.
Couple this with Buzzword, Presentations, and other Acrobat.com tools, and you can easily conduct your course at a distance in the event of student or faculty illness. I’m fortunate enough to have a Connect Pro account and conduct all my office hours through that service.
Today’s faculty have a set of really robust, free tools at our disposal and should take full advantage of whichever ones complement our specific courses.

11:32 AM Permalink
June 7, 2009

Connect Pro and SMART Board Integration

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One of the challenges I tried to overcome for the past couple of years was how to help a math teacher use Adobe Connect Pro. The white board inside Adobe Connect Pro is not designed for a math teacher’s extensive use of a mouse and the amount of time they spend drawing out equations would make any math teacher’s hand ache. They would prefer using a dry-erase marker. At the same time, most of the students won’t be sitting in front of a computer to watch a math teacher draw out the equations. On the other hand, I tried document cameras, web cams, and HD Camcorder’s plugged into a Connect Pro Meeting Room’s Camera and Video Pod with a FireWire connection. The big challenge here is frame rate. The hand motions always look blurred and lagged behind a person’s voice. The solution is to integrate SMART Board technology with a Connect Pro Meeting Room. Basically, a math teacher uses a SMART Board to draw out equations just like if they were using a white board with dry-erase markers. It is a simple set-up and integration with Adobe Acrobat Connect because all a math teacher needs to do is open up a Connect Pro Meeting Room and begin a ‘Screen Share’ and ‘Recording’ of their desktop. The image which is being displayed on the desktop is of the SMART Board, so every hand motion is in synch with the voice and it looks seamless and transparent to the students. They are just watching their math teacher draw out equations on the board just like any other day in the classroom, however, a recording of every move and teacher’s voice is being made possible by Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro in the background. And students who had trouble on particular day and/or where just plain sick can now watch the recording of the lesson from home as many times as they would like through a simple hyperlink found on the teacher’s website. The teacher could also be sick the next day and could make a recording of their lesson from home and give it to the sub for the day and not even come into work, just kidding!
Example of Connect Pro and a SMART Board
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June 2, 2009

A Software Vendor Is Coming To Your School To Give A Presentation

The Decision Makers Can’t All Make It – What Can You Do?
A simple solution, use Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional to set-up a
Meeting Room to capture a vendor’s audio and presentation. These presentations
are traditionally done with a computer, screen and projector. Basically, the set-up
of an Adobe Connect Pro Meeting Room does not influence this traditional presentation
set-up for the vendor. The Meeting Room is used to capture a screen share of the desktop
of the vendor. All one has to do is start sharing the vendor’s screen in the room and start
the audio capture and recording. Some potential issues are getting permission from the
vendor to record the session, I would suggest letting the vendor know a long way
in advance the recording will be only used for internal school district use.
Another issue is how to get the questions from the presenter into the recording?
I would just ask the vendor to repeat the questions back into the microphone or headset
so the questions and answers make it back on the recording.
Once the vendor’s presentation is complete, all you have to do
is email the rest of the team who could not make it with the link to the recording so they can
watch the vendor’s presentation at their own timing. The hope is with Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional and the rest of the team to make a smart decision on the purchase
of the new software on the re-review of the the presentation from the vendor.
This creates a larger opportunity for a group process even though one person
may have been only present at the vendor’s original presentation.
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7:04 PM Permalink
April 20, 2009

Can You Save a Recording from Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro to Your Local Computer?

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The answer is yes! There is urban legend out there about hosted Connect Pro accounts and recordings. Individuals who have hosted Connect Pro accounts may think they can’t make a copy of their work through the use of recordings. However, they definitely can by going to “Recordings” on their hosted Connect Pro account and bring the FLV (Video File) across to their local machine using the “Make Offline” button. Once the FLV file is across to the local computer, the end user can do some cool applications with the video file in the real world. They can download the free Adobe Media Player off Adobe’s website and add the videos to their personal video favorites. Students can download the free media player and the video files can be streamed over a local network to them. At the same time, the FLV video files can be embedded into Acrobat by using Adobe Acrobat 9 and viewed with Adobe Acrobat 9 Reader. This blog post includes a brief ten minute webinar on the process and cool ways to apply the Connect Pro Recording technology to your world. So check it out, you can make a copy of yourself in your time zone, and then distribute yourself one hundred fold in multiple time zones and time periods by using your new technology resource found with Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional.
Short Webinar on Connect Pro Recordings
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