I facilitated two great workshops this week, one with Free Library Digital Resource Specialists, the other with Philly Play Recreation Specialist Instructors. We were given two hours for each workshop and it created more time pressure than the ideal workshop that lasts three hours.
Working with the Digital Resource Specialists was great because we were able to give them confidence to support patrons at their home branches with photography and videography on smartphones and tablets, in addition to a new documentation tool for the amazing work they do across the city. We got a bit overwhelmed in the editing stage, and a hook-up to a projector or TV screen would have made a big difference for the participants to follow along with the facilitator's instructions. Luckily we learned the best way to get our tablets to link up to a larger screen is to use a laptop and a service called TeamViewer.
This projection process made the Philly Play workshop incredibly smooth despite there being 30 (!!!) participants. We were done in an hour and half. This was due in part, I believe, to the younger demographic in the RSIs, each group of four or five had about two people who were really excited about filming and editing while the others were happy to introduce themselves on camera.