My roommate is hard at work on a presentation he'll be making soon to the local geocaching group. It's on a special program called Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK, for short) and much like the name implies, it's a utility program for geocachers. If I sound like I know what I'm talking about, I don't really; I'm just a good listener. Much like the fancy cutting machine excites me, GSAK excites Wayne and he hopes to excite other geocachers by explaining all the program's bells and whistles.
And to do that he's putting together a slide presentation he'll run off his laptop which will be hooked up to a big-screen TV in a wifi-enabled room. The person who recruited Wayne for this job and who is heading up these workshops is employed by the local power company so the group will be meeting in one of their high-tech classrooms. Pretty fancy for a bunch of people who are used to trooping around in the woods.
The idea is that those unfamiliar with the software can watch on the television as Wayne puts the program through its paces. And when he wants to go out on the Internet and show them something there, he can insert a link right in his presentation to click on to get there. Technology offers so many tools for teaching; it's just amazing.
He's been using the small television that used to be in the laundry room to test his presentation. When I snapped these pictures, he had it set up on the table in the breakfast room but he's since put up an extra table in his computer room to work on. That's because he needs to generate some parts of the presentation in Photoshop and he doesn't have it on the laptop. It's on the desktop, though, making three screens for him to keep up with. I'm confused just watching him.
And sometimes he says it's a lot for his old brain to take in too but I keep telling him that learning new things is good for those brain cells. I also told him he'd better be making notes for the next class because I feel sure he's going to do such a great job they'll want him to teach another one. And by then, he'll have this three-screen thing down pat.