Important: Instructions and Details On How to Join Live Class Sessions for Upcoming Online Courses

As previously stated, our Spring 2019 TTJ Courses are about to begin. To review, the Voiceover In and Out course will begin next Tuesday, January 22 and will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 3PM-5PM Eastern Time. The iPad For All Computing course will begin April 16 and will also run every Tuesday and Thursday – ending May 23. Below you will find important information regarding how to join live sessions, general policies and procedures, and more – including the Join Link and Meeting ID. Please read all of the information contained in this post if you are enrolled in any of our TTJ courses

Live Session Meeting Times:

All live sessions for both the Voiceover course and the iPad course wil begin at 3:00PM and will run approximately two hours. Remember, this is 3PM Eastern, so please adjust accordingly. For example, if you will be joining us from California, your join time would actually be 12 Noon Pecific Time. Chicago students would join at 2PM Central. If for any reason at all, you are unable to arrive at the start of class, or if you need to leave early, this is no problem at all. We understand that scheduling conflicts and other obligations can arise, so please feel free to join whenever you can. Also, please note that as the meeting host, I must open the meetings at the beginning of each session. I will generally do so between two and five minutes prior to the 3PM session start time, though on the first day of each course I will arrive ten to 15 minutes early. Until I do arrive, the meetings will not be open. Students are free to join, even prior to the host opening the meetings, however you will not be able to communicate with other students until the meetings are open. Again, if you arrive earlier than the host, you will not hear anyone talking, and no one will hear you. This is normal. Do not be alarmed. Audio will begin working as soon as the meeting is officially open.

Basic Joining Instructions and App Details:

As mentioned in prior posts, we will be using the Zoom Cloud Meetings platform to conduct all live sessions. An audio overview was released yesterday to demonstrate use of the Zoom Cloud Meetings app for iOS with Voiceover. If you did not receive email notification of the post containing that audio demo, please explore the blog to find it and listen. In short, Zoom is a video conferencing platform. Students may join by downloading the free Zoom app on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You may also join Zoom meetings from the Zoom website using a Mac or PC.

The basic procedure requires you to join the Zoom sessions, also known as meetings, in one of two ways. You may use the direct join link provided below, or you may open the Zoom app yourself, then manually enter the Meeting ID to join. Please note that the meeting ID will remain the same for all sessions in both courses. You read that right. The meeting ID for the Voiceover course will be exactly the same as the meeting ID for the iPad course. Similarly, the Join Link will be the same for all sessions in both courses. Please save the Join Link and meeting ID for your benefit. Remember, you only need to use one or the other – the link or the meeting ID. Both will be provided below.

Before joining our first session, we strongly recommend that you launch the Zoom app and create a free account. Doing so will enable you to save settings, thus making it easier for you to join future meetings. The first time you actually join a live session from an iOS device, you will need to grant microphone access to the Zoom app. Just follow the prompts to do so. If you accidentally make the wrong choice, you can manually grant mic access to Zoom from Settings, Privacy, and Microphone.

Whenever you join a session, you will be asked how you wish to connect to the meeting audio. Only one option will be available. That option is, “Call Using Internet Audio”. Choose this option to be immediately connected to the meeting. If you have a free Zoom account, you can access Settings within the Zoom app, and make Internet Audio, also called Device Audio, the default option, therefore not having to make this selection every time you join a meeting. Internet Audio, or Device Audio, uses an internet connection – Wi-Fi or Cellular, to connect you to the meetings. By default, your audio will be turned on when you join, but your video will be disabled. You do have the option of enabling video if you wish to do so, but we do not require it.

Once in the live sessions, you always have the option of muting and unmuting your audio as you see fit. Further details will be provided below. You also have the option of starting and stopping your video, leaving the meeting, and more.

Things to Consider:

At the start of each session, all audio will be unmuted. We would ask you to please leave your audio unmuted at first, so that we may all greet one another and ensure that everything is working properly. When it is time to begin teaching, all participant audio will be automatically muted, so that only the host or teacher can be heard. However, should you have any questions during the teaching, please feel free to unmute your audio, ask your question, and then mute yourself again. As we have an extremely large number of students in these courses, we are likely to hear differences in audio quality etc. the following tips should be kept in mind and can be quite helpful to everyone taking the courses:

Be conscious of your environment, your environment, and your activity. When you are unmuted, think about what sounds are heard around you, such as TV or music, loud voices, animals, conversation, etc. trying to minimize these noises will help you and other participants in the course.

Please use a headset of some sort if possible. Though not required, it can help by eliminating the sound of your screen reader for other students.

If you do not have a headset available, please keep your screen reader volume low. We know you may need it, but please just keep it soft.

Conversely, please be kind and patient with everyone. Please try to tolerate audio issues as much as you can, because bringing up every single issue you hear will only interrupt the flow of the course and will perhaps make other students feel uncomfortable. There is no way of avoiding some audio discrepancies, simply due to differences in equipment used, connection speed and quality, and other factors. Some participant voices will be louder or softer than others, some may sound a bit muffled, and you may hear the occasional background noises that would be common in actual in-person live classroom environments as well. Keep in mind that as the host, we hear the same things you are hearing. If we feel that an audio problem is extremely challenging and warrants pausing the teaching to solve, we will do so. Please do not assume the role of policing everyone else in the course. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Zoom Join Link and Meeting ID:

To join the Zoom live sessions, please use This Link, or copy and paste the following URL:

https://zoom.us/j/3116952583

Alternatively, you may open the Zoom app, tap Join, then enter the following meeting ID:

3116952583

Remember, this link and ID will be the same for both courses and for all sessions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Get In Touch. We look forward to working with you beginning next week.:)

How To Use the Zoom and iTunes U Apps with Voiceover

For those taking any of our TTJ online courses, you will need two apps. The first is the Zoom Cloud Meetings app, and the second is iTunes U. Note that the Zoom service can also be accessed via a web browser on Mac and PC.

In this audio demo, we describe and discuss both apps, what they do, and how we’ll use them. We also give a quick introduction to the layout of both apps with Voiceover. Should you have any questions, please let us know. Enjoy.:)zoom-itunesu.m4a

An Overview of Airdrop

I’d like to thank Rita Howells for providing this awesome and helpful article as part of her weekly iDevice Advice. See below for information about an awesome CDL feature – AirDrop:

Saving and sharing photos and videos via a smart phone has changed in a big way over the past few years. You likely know how to upload your pictures and videos to Facebook or Instagram, but what about sharing them directly with family and friends? You can use AirDrop to share photos and videos directly between Apple phones, iPads, Macs via a     wireless Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection.  You might be surprised how many people have no idea the AirDrop option exists.  Go to Settings, General, AirDrop to make sure it is toggled on and set to share with either your “contacts only” or “everyone” around you.  Select a photo, a video, a document, a web or App Store link, or many other types of files, and tap the share button (a box with an arrow pointing up).  Your potential photo or file recipients must have their device’s AirDrop “on” as well, and then their device should show up under the AirDrop menu.  The recipient of your photo, video, or other file must be in close proximity to you, such as in the same room and have their Apple device awake.  Tap the person’s name when it shows up in the list to share instantly.  You can pick dozens of photos and videos, which will transfer over in a matter of seconds.  Make sure to remind whomever you are sharing the photos or videos with to choose “Accept” when the pictures start showing up on their device.

AirDrop is both quick and easy.  Similar to sending files via text and email, you can use the cross-platform utility to send photos, videos, songs, and even files.  This is particularly handy when you are in close proximity to the person you’d like to send your file to, as AirDrop only works when users are near one another.

Moreover, from a security standpoint, AirDrop is safer to use than both email and text.  The feature uses a Bluetooth connection to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between your iOS and iOS devices, and creates a firewall which allows for added encryption.

Another benefit of AirDrop is that many native iOS apps support it.  You can access the feature from directly within Photos, Notes, Safari, Contacts, iTunes and App Stores, Apple Books, Maps, and many others, including GarageBand, Pages, and more. AirDrop is also supported by numerous third-party apps. Most apps that offer a Share Sheet do offer AirDrop support. So, you can easily share all your files without having to navigate to a different screen or copy and paste the information.

Using Hulu and Philo to Watch TV on AppleTV

Continuing on our TV series, in this post we take a look at two of my personal favorite apps for watching television – along with the respective services. These apps are Hulu and Philo. While different service plan options exist, I personally have the Hulu with Live TV plan and the Philo 55 Channel Plan, and I highly recommend them both.huluphilo.m4a