Field Report: Brainerd Regional Office from Extension Quick Bytes on Vimeo.

Karen Matthes and I visited the Brainerd Regional Office a couple months ago, and here's our report from the field! We had so much fun, met so many people, and took so much video!



Destination: Brainerd Regional Office
Miles Traveled: 260 mi, round-trip
Time on road: 4 hours 25 minutes, round-trip
Tech Team Members: Amy and Karen
Weather: glorious
Number of times Karen's camera work will make you sick: probably twice



I gotta tell you, Brainerd knows how to hostess with the mostess! We were treated like visiting royalty! Thank you Brainerd!  We did a grab-bag tech training based on some topics they had identified, plus a technology Q/A, and an informal listening session on what the tech team could do better. And we had a blast doing it! Things you may not know about Brainerd Regional Office: they have an office Cantina, they have a food truck (or at least one they can visit), they are located adjacent to the county jail, they have a secret tunnel, and their office windows have astounding views.  Watch the 4-minute video above to catch up on all our antics and adventures as we report from the field!
What
Google Hangouts! How much do we love Hangouts? So. Much. Hangouts are Google's video call technology and because it's all integrated with gmail, they are a cinch to use. If you don't already agree, this article is for you!

Why
When you are looking for a super easy way to have a video call, this is your answer. A Hangout can host 15 people on one call. It is useful for all kinds of things... team meetings, one-on-ones, project check-ins, presenting, training, trip planning, seeing the grandkids, seeing the granddogs, it slices, it dices, er, sorry. Got carried away!
Also there is a new(ish) feature of Hangouts called, "Hangouts On Air." With this type of Hangout, you can have unlimited people watch (not participate via video but they can chat) AND they get automatically put on YouTube after you're done. Neat, right?

How
I have made a handy video that shows basic hangout stuff, troubleshooting tips, the mobile app, and Google Hangouts on Air! Sorry it is 10 minutes but I promise to make you laugh.


Resources

Here's me and Alison Link recording a Hangout On Air for demonstration purposes. I think I did everything right on this one. Let's see...natural light, check.... rule of thirds, check... interesting background, check... eloquent content coming out of my mouth, d'OH! Did I actually tell people to use an overhead projector?! GAH!



If you haven't tried a Hangout or a Hangout on Air, I hope this module inspires you to add one to your week. If you want a safe place to try one out, just ask any member of Extension Technology to hangout with you or better yet, leave a comment to connect with another Quick Byter!