December 27, 2010.
Victoria County is virtually 99% connected with high-speed, making us the most connected rural county in Canada. The Victoria County CAP Sites Association (VCCAPS) is taking advantage of this connectivity by introducing its newest project, Online Meetings. Since our blue flyer, Using the Internet to Communicate was mailed out to residents in November, this project is generating lots of interest from community groups across the County.
With project funding support from our partners, Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development, and the Victoria County Recreation & Tourism Department, VCCAPS is offering free training in the use of our online meeting software to enthusiastic community group members in Victoria County. VCCAPS Board member, Pauline Fournier states that, “This project arose from a need identified during a ‘Planning for High Speed Future Workshop’ for Victoria County held in May, 2009, as part of the Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative. It’s proving to be an excellent tool for connecting communities.”
Veronika Brzeski, Project Manager for the Lobster Fishery Advisory Board (LFA 27) in Victoria County, is using the software and tells us, “This programme is very user friendly. The advantage of WEBex is that you can start with simple meetings with presentations and discussions and, as you learn more, can progress to a more refined use of the technology. In fact, it was very well received by a group of computer-shy users.”
Online conferencing involving up to 25 people connects rural communities to each other. Another use is Webinars, which are online seminars delivered to many more participants, and which help overcome the rural urban divide.
Using online meeting software is a cost-effective, efficient and productive way to keep members of community groups connected to each other, especially with the challenges Mother Nature presents us with over the winter months. Immediate benefits to using this software are increased meeting attendance, decreased travel costs and more effective use of time. It is easy sharing documents, Power Point presentations, pictures and video files.
To participate in an online meeting you need a computer, high-speed Internet connection, speakers and microphone or a set of earphones with microphone attached. The project offers free training and user support to help your community group get set up to use the online meeting software until February 25, 2011, which marks the end of funding for this project. Free use of the software itself continues for a full year from now, until December 2011.
To help groups get started right away, VCCAPS is offering free headsets with microphones for those who need them so groups can take advantage of an online meeting experience quickly. Our deadline for setting up new users - February 25th, 2011 - is fast approaching, so take this opportunity, now, to join in an online meeting. As an added feature your name will be entered in a draw for a High Definition Web Camera.
Please contact us to get your community group involved with online meetings by Phone: 902-295-1347 (messages will be returned each day) or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the project visit our blog http://vccaps123.wordpress.com or website www.vccaps.com
VCCAPS is a member of the Nova Scotia C@P Program and helps manage projects and support funds available to the C@P sites through an Industry Canada initiative. C@P sites throughout the county assist communities and visitors with Internet access, as well as access to information and IT training needs.
(From left to right) Municipal Partner Representative; Tom Wilson, Director of Recreation & Tourism, Municipality of Victoria County & Project Co-ordinator, "Broadband Solutions for Rural Development"; Provincial Partner Representative; Nancy Flam, Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia Project Director; Annette MacKenzie, Researcher/Trainer, VCCAPS Community Communication Project, Donna MacDonald, Project Coordinator, VCCAPS Community Communication Project; and Corrina Peterson, VCCAPS Regional Working Group Coordinator.
Community Access Program (CAP) in Your Community
One of the goals of
the CAP initiative is to enhance the range of technical services and
information available to the residents of Victoria County. We invite
you to use our new Tech Help feature where you can access information
in various document forms about how to use various techniques and programs
like Adaware Spyware, Windows Updates and Installing Wireless Routers
in your home if and when you have a high speed connection.
Assistance is at your fingertips by going to www.vccaps.com and clicking on the Tech Help button on the left hand side of the home page.
Local CAP Sites will offer technical workshops to groups and individuals with the assistance of people we call upon as technical advisers. Workshops in basic computer maintenance, online security as well as basic and advanced hardware and software applications will be made available. Contact your local CAP Site for more information and to set up an appointment.
Assistive Technology uses various programs and devices to help individuals overcome challenges they may experience while using a computer or the Internet. We have assistive technology software that can assist those who face a challenge while using a computer or the Internet. This software can read your mail, read web pages, or allow you to listen to a book rather than reading it. We also have speech recognition software that you can use to dictate to your computer and your words will be written or control your computer by voice commands. Contact your local CAP Site for more information and to set up an appointment
In partnership with the
Cape Breton Seniors Learning Network many of our sites are able to offer
Seniors’ Workshops to people 50 and over. We’ll ease you into the
world of computers in a fun, relaxing atmosphere where you can learn
while you socialize and share ideas. Check out the CBSLN website at http://www.capebretonseniors.ns.ca/ and contact your community CAP site for more
information and to set up an appointment.
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