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I was pleased to see each of the 9 Tenants who turned up for the weekly computer club in their block of flats. Some had already collared a Volunteer, keen to discover what else they can do on the web or help unravel tech knots. Was I foolish perhaps to dare disturb such promising proceedings to try something new? Before I knew it, I found myself telling folk that I wanted us to spend 15 minutes or so as a group each week, looking at what the web and tech has to offer, before getting on with our individual stuff. Rather than present it on a big screen (-not a good idea given the size of the room and eyesight problems), I suggested we use 'Teamviewer' in 'meeting' mode (www.teamviewer.com). To my relief (-and credit to their 'give it a go' spirit), they agreed and it worked well, each person able to follow on their own computer screen what I was going over. I pointed them in the direction of the videos we'd made about their computer project at Gillespie Crescent, now online. Inspired by the '6 Weeks of Summer' programme from UK Online Centres,we also had a look at how use the weather forecast page on the BBC website. One of the club members came to my rescue with a suggestion of a website to look up weather elsewhere in Europe, as 5 of the group are off on their travels to Majorca, Italy and elsewhere.
So, verdict on Teamviewer? An excellent tool for this kind of group 'demo' or presentation;there's even an iPad app (Teamviewer Meeting) which meant that our 2 iPad users weren't left out. There are a lot of options to explore, like switching 'presenter', so potentially I could have 'handed over' to the club member to show us the world weather website. Good feedback on the content of the session too - thanks UK Online Centres for ideas!
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