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Green Hectares Rural Tech Workshop – Webinars



A workshop covering the basics of learning with webinars. Green Hectares offers this content as part of an initiative to enable rural communities with technology.

A workshop covering the basics of learning with webinars. Green Hectares offers this content as part of an initiative to enable rural communities with technology.



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  • - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Welcome to Webinars - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The purpose of this workshop is to help participants to find and view Webinars, Webcasts and Podcasts *Instructor notes will be distinguished by italics Make sure the following are installed / updated: Browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) Acrobat Reader Adobe Flash Player Windows Media Player iTunes Quicktime Other Requirements: Internet Connection (High Speed Preferred) Headphones for Students Webmail (all students need access to webmail for the account sign-up process) * Please familiarize yourself with the website and the many resources available before class starts. *Ensure the computers will be able to download.
  • Webinars are usually a live presentation, happening in “real time” as users participate through chatting, file sharing, or asking questions. The Presenter can be in one location with the audience at the office, home, or anywhere an internet connection is available. Viewers usually have to sign in but can view in an anonymous fashion, joining in or leaving at any time during the duration. Depending on the setup, the viewer may have limited participation and group discussions/viewer questions may be limited or set to an allotted time at the end of the Webinar. This varies from host to host. Other options include votes, meetings, text messaging, white board interaction and two-way audio. Depending on the provider, webinars may or may not be archived for later viewing. As you may see, this is a powerful way for groups of people to get together online and exchange knowledge without having to travel great distances.
  • Webcasts are usually accessed by a link and may or may not be played at a fixed time. There are webcasts available all over the web for practically every genre and subject matter.
  • Many content providers produce podcasts (similar to radio and television shows ) daily/weekly, and viewers are to subscribe to the feed. When you subscribe to a podcast, your program of choice (e.g. iTunes) will automatically download podcasts as they become available. This way you don’t have to check a website to see when it’s been updated. Podcasts can be downloaded and accessed at anytime. No need to be in front of a computer, radio or Television at specific time for the podcast- just download the podcast and view/listen at a computer or on a media device whenever and wherever. This great flexibility is one of the reasons the podcast have become so very popular for both entertainment, news and education.
  • Doing an internet search and making sure to click on Canadian Content only from the filters can help make the returning results be more specific. *Practice: 1: Open a browser and type 2: Do a search for Webinars for Alberta Agriculture. 3: Explore some of the search results. *Spend a couple minutes and exploring these websites.
  • *Spend a couple minutes and exploring these websites.
  • Some websites are not compatible with all operating systems and browsers. For example, The Canola Webinars are not available for Mac OS.
  • Most Webinars have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or a troubleshooting page for any problems that may arise. Some pages have firewall tests for people in a controlled network setting. For many people in corporate settings, many features on their computers are locked down. This test will determine if the webinar will work with the user's current settings.  
  • Here is an example of the Acrobat Connect Pro Meeting Connection Test. For those Webinars using Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, there is a quick software download. A piece of software called Adobe Acrobat Connect Add-in lets screens be shared and files uploaded. The FlashPlayer may also be needed. Other software programs may have similar downloads that are needed before a user can access the webinar, so get there early and make sure everything is setup and compatible before the start of the webinar.
  • Many things like browsers and media players are continuously updated to stay current with Internet technology and trends. It is a good habit to get in a routine and check often for updates for both compatibility and security. The Flash Player is an important one to keep updated as so much of the video currently on the web is in a Flash Video format.
  • *Practice: 1: Open a web browser and type 2: Type in a subject and the word webinar into the Search Box at the top. You may need to refine your selection by adding words specific to your region or search subject. 3: Sift through the search results and spend a few minutes previewing some of the videos. 4: Copy and paste or share any worthwhile video links. 5: Try a second search and switch out the word webinar with webcast. 6: Check search results
  • For the workshop we will visit the Canadian Farm Business Management Council’s website and explore the many Webinars and options available. 1: Type in a browser. * Please guide the students through the many resources available at the site before jumping into Webinars.
  • For this workshop we will visit the Canadian Farm Business Management Council’s website and explore the many Webinars and options available. 2: After exploring the site click on the Agriwebinars link . 3: Click on the Past Webinars Link . 4: The Site is going to force us to sign in, so we will need to register. 5: Click on the Register Link near the top right. 6: Fill out the fields for the registration process. 7: Log-in to your webmail to finalize the registration process.
  • 8: Click on the email link in your webmail 9: We will be redirected to the confirmation page. There is an available link to unsubscribe at any time. 10: Click on the Past Webinars Link. 11: Type your email address in the box and click Submit. 12: We are in! There are pages and pages of past Webinars that are archived and available for viewing. Look through the search area at the top of the page to narrow down the available Webinars. 13: Click on a link to a Webinar to view.
  • The Webinar should start. The webinar is not going to fit properly in the default window. Click on the Enlarge Video Link in the bottom right corner of the video window. This will expand the Webinar area to the width of your browser. At any time, you can click the Reduce Video Link to return the Webinar back to the default size. In most of the webinars, there is access to the slides and files associated with the presentation. This is in the lower right side of the window under Other Downloads . An audio file of the webinar can also be downloaded into an .mp3 format. In the right column, there are many other options available including emailing this file, joining an email list, bookmarking of this page, and viewing comments about this webinar. Take a look around, and get comfortable with all the different options and features available. The Video can also be paused or stopped at any time. * Walk through all these options and the rest of the viewing options with the class and highlight the important ones. *Take a few minutes and look at the current webinar, and explore a few other available webinars.
  • Since most everyone has an iPod or Media Player of some kind, iTunes is used by a majority of people to manage and download digital music and media. iTunes is also a great way to find, download, subscribe, manage and listen or transfer podcasts to media devices.
  • 1: Open iTunes. 2: Click on the Store in the left column. 3: Once the store has loaded, click in the Search box in the top right corner of iTunes and type in Alberta Agriculture Podcast. 4: A few examples should show up. Click on the Thumbnail to get a list for the specific podcast. 5: Rollover the name of the podcast and click to get a preview. 6: Click on FREE to download the podcast into your iTunes Library. That podcast can now be listened to on your computer at any time, or it can be moved to a media device like an iPod, iPhone, mp3 Player or even burned to a CD. 8: The Podcast can also be subscribed to by clicking on the Subscribe Free button right under the Logo of the Podcast. There are settings to control the way iTunes handles podcasts, and by default iTunes will download the most recent episode. All other available podcast for that series will show up in grey below with a description and are available for downloading at any time. If you see any other podcast from the series that you want to download, just click the Free Button . Webinars, Webcasts and Podcasts can also be burned to CD from iTunes for use in your vehicle or CD Player. So Transfer or Burn your Episodes and go !!!

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  • What is a Webinar?A webinar, short for web-basedseminar, is a presentation, lecture,workshop or seminar transmitted overthe Internet.
  • What is a Webcast?Webcasts are very similar to traditionalbroadcasts but done over the Internet .Unlike a webinar, there is usually nointeraction between the broadcaster andthe viewer and no need to sign in.
  • What is a Podcast?Podcasts (or netcasts) are webcasts thatare available in various audio and video fileformats for download.
  • Finding WebinarsMany different Groups, Governmentdepartments and A gencies produce variousforms of webinars.Webinars are usually free, have a setschedule, and are available live or archivedfor a limited time.
  • S ome Available WebinarsCanadian Farm Business ManagementCouncilht p:/ www.agriwebinar t / .com/Alberta Canola Producers Commissionht p:/ canol t / .aspxThe Alberta Institute of Agrologistsht p:/ t /
  • Preparing for a WebinarSince Webinars are usually live at aspecific time (like a t.v. show), make sureto log-in early, and take care of anytechnical issues that may come up soyou don’t miss part of the webinar.
  • TroubleshootingWebinars will usually run an auto check,or a link may be provided to see if yoursystem meets the basic requirements toplay the webinar.Additional downloads may be neededbefore certain webinars will play.
  • S oftware/UpdatesSome of the Software that needs to beinstalled and kept current:Acrobat ReaderFlash PlayerQuickTime PlayerWindows Media PlayerInternet Explorer / Firefox® / S afari
  • Finding a Webinar/WebcastMany content providers make their videosavailable for mass distribution throughYouTube. Do a search for some webcastsrelated to a subj matter of interest in ectAlberta.
  • Agriwebinar.comThere are many great free resourcesavailable at this website along with manyupcoming and archived Webinars.
  • S igning up for a Webinar
  • Email Confirmation
  • Viewing Webinars
  • TroubleshootingFlash-based webinars and videos mayslow down or cut out if minimized orclosed off of while running.Click back onto the webinar, keep thewindow active, and the video should fixitself.
  • S ubscribing to PodcastsThis a good way to keep organized andup-to-date with any new podcasts.Juice, Doppler, iTunes and mobile devicesall have the ability to let people subscribe,organize and play podcasts.
  • Other Podcast ResourcesiTunes is a great place to search forboth Video and A udio podcasts.iTunes has a vast library of podcastsfrom all over the world includingepisodes from right here in A lberta.
  • S earching for PodcastsiTunes can also manage and export anypodcasts onto a mobile media format(like an mp3) for listening on-the-go.Podcasts can be downloaded from theiTunes store without an account straightin the Podcast Library.
  • Transfer and Go!By plugging in a iPod, iPhone, SmartPhone orMP3 player to iTunes;Podcasts, Webinars and Webcasts canbe transferred over and takenanywhere with you.