How To Start a Prayer Line: A Step-by-Step Guide

Everybody understands how a conference call works: Participants dial into a preassigned number and enter a code at the prompt. But not everyone knows exactly how useful conferencing can be, and not just in a business-oriented environment! One of the most popular uses for conference calling is for a prayer line. Churches and synagogues around the world have realized the advantage to reaching large groups at once, simply and at no cost.

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7 Essential Apps for the Busy Professional

Busy? On the go? Too much on your plate? No matter how you say it, there’s always more to do than time allows. These apps will help maximize your time, keeping you as efficient as can be.

  1. Echo Sign: Lets you directly sign and send contracts right from your mobile phone.
  2. Trello: Great for managing projects, creating lists and sub-lists
  3. Buffer: Schedule all your social media posts on the go with the user friendly Buffer app.
  4. MeetingMogul: Access all your meetings and conference calls in one app.
  5. Dropbox: Store documents or other files, easily send out to coworkers and friends.
  6. HipChat: On the go a lot? Keep in touch with your team through HipChat messenger.
  7. Google Analytics: Access all your website date in one place at the touch of a finger.

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How to Utilize Video Conferencing in the Classroom

Imagine bringing a NASA astronaut into your classroom to tell your students about what it’s like to spend a day in the international space station. Does this idea seem far-fetched? It shouldn’t! With online conference and video calling on your side, the sky really is the limit for your class.

This guide illustrates the nearly endless possibilities of an online conference call program for you and your students. It details potential incorporations into classroom lessons, video-based field trips, and even administrative uses. Don’t let distance or restricted budgets stand in your way of exciting lessons — let web conferencing be your ultimate tool!

How to use conference and video calling in the classroom

 

Collaborative learning with another classroom is valuable because it’s an exciting way for students to break out of their usual peer surroundings and hear outside perspectives. However, it’s not exactly easy to simply uproot your students and head to another school (or even another classroom down the hallway). So how can you help your students branch out and get exposed to new ideas?

Suppose local government has proposed renovations for what they argue is an outdated, run-down section of the city. It’s caused a stir because it’s home to numerous independent businesses who oppose any changes. You’ve had a class discussion on the topic, but think students could benefit from hearing opposing viewpoints. By web conferencing with another class in your district, your students can have a lively debate about the economic and social benefits of a change, as well as potential repercussions. It will give a completely different perspective — for example, the students at the other school may live closer to the area and have insight into current crime in the region and how they think renovation may help. Or perhaps they’re more familiar with the neighborhood and feel the changes will scare off current clientele. Video conferencing offers an easy outlet for students to exchange ideas and learn from peers they normally couldn’t reach out to.… Read more →

Participatory Education and Conference Calls

 

Can participatory education save polar bears from extinction?

It is a question that runs through the minds of those of us old enough to realize that our generation bears a great degree of responsibility for the complete mess the world is in.

And the tragically bad puns. Bears?

On the good side, we tore the Berlin Wall down, got the lead out of gasoline, and broke Nelson Mandela out of Robben Island into the South African presidency.

But there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Manhattan does not become the “Scuba Museum of Twenty-First Century Excess.”

A city sunk by its idling yellow cabs.

As Syria goes up in smoke and Soho slowly submerges, it can be refreshing or hopeful for us guilt-wracked geezers to get involved with the education of young people. Maybe we can make their cleanup job a little easier. Or should we just focus on getting out of their way?

But some of us are in positions of influence, and changing the educational curricula to incorporate self-knowledge systems such as Meyers-Briggs profiling could only help. Enshrining conflict resolution, good teamwork and communication skills into the heart of our primary schools would be wonderful place to start too.

But here is an incendiary idea that would really help change the world for the better.

Instead of talking down to children for 12 years, why don’t we give them a revolutionary and effective communication tool called participatory education? It even comes in a digital form, and you know they’ll like that.

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Conference like a rock star: 6 Easy Steps to Excellent Conference Calls

Musicians that get up on stage, ignore the audience, and just “play their music” don’t make it past the coffee house circuit. Famous bands all know the same secret; people going to a show want to be entertained.

Conference calls are no different. If you want to facilitate a conference call that will inspire people, get good decisions made and build team spirit, here are some easy steps to delivering “conference call Satisfaction”.

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Conference Calls and Multidisciplinary Design Teams

What will soon be North America’s tallest wood framed building is under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC). One of the world’s new “wooden skyscrapers,” it demonstrates that
environmentally friendly wood can be used as the framework to build large structures just as economically and safely as less ecological concrete, glass and steel.

One of the key tools in both its conception and construction will have been the conference call.

The project brought together a dozen partners, and engaged a design team on several continents. An incredible amount of information needed not only to be shared, but worked on in a collaborative process.

As a new project under a very public microscope, the residence couldn’t afford mistakes.

The project is a perfect example of how conference calls can help keep a multidisciplinary team connected for a successful project.

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