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TCSS TECHNOLOGY TEAM
Our mission is...
to increase member participation in all TCSS events and activities
through communication technology.

Our projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting TCSS committees and activity teams as they develop and improve their
    individual sections of the website.
  • Developing educational materials to support the TCSS mission for all of our activity teams.
  • Constantly improving the quality of our hybrid online/in-person monthly meeting presentations.
  • Providing individual support for members experiencing difficulty using our online information systems.

How the team serves the membership at large:

  • Members can review projects that are "In Progress" and offer ideas that may help us be more effective.
  • Members may offer new project ideas that help increase member participation.

 
     

How collaboration works for Tech Team members:

  • We primarily support existing TCSS programs and activities but we accept ideas and requests from ANY TCSS member. We rely on you to fill out the idea submission form and tell us what YOU think will increase member participation.
  • Project ideas within our purview and skillset limits are listed in the menu item labeled Tech Team Projects. Any TCSS member can review the project list and offer suggestions or better yet - help.
  • The team meets weekly on Monday evenings at 7 pm to discuss two or three ideas. 
  • An agenda is emailed a couple of days in advance so that non-team members may attend if they desire.
  • We may select team members who volunteer to take on the project discussed. We may defer the project to a future time if we believe we lack the time or skill level resources.
  • Team members may also self-select projects that they are particularly interested in working on. They can start work at any time after defining the project with the relevant TCSS program organizers and the tech team organizer.
  • Project coordinators report to all members by updating the part of the online project listing called "Recent Progress Report". Updates to any project plan are timestamped so that we know when things are happening.

PowerPoint Skills Videos: PowerPoint is an important software application to TCSS activities that involve teaching 

  • Complete PowerPoint Training  (Video)  PowerPoint is the most common tool used to create slideshows that we use to illustrate presentations.  PowerPoint has a built in record function the lets you convert your slideshow into a video that we can post on one of the TCSS social media sites.  We are ALWAYS looking for new topics for our YouTube, Instagram or Facebook channels.  This link offers a comprehensive 31 module tutorial on PowerPoint 2016 (this is the version that TCSS has on their laptops).  Presentations created on one version of PowerPoint can be viewed and edited by other versions. After you open the video link, look at the bottom of the video. There is a list of the 31 lessons on this video and instructions about how to access each lesson individually.
  • Voice Overlays  (Video)  You have created your PowerPoint presentation and you are ready to make it a video by recording a narrated slideshow. The problem is that you do not like your own voice. Create a written script for each slide and let Text to Speech software narrate the video for you.

Zoom Skills Videos: Zoom is the TCSS conference software of choice for team and organizational meetings 

  • Zoom 1 Minute "How To" Video Series   (Video) 9 separate 1 minute videos to help you quickly answer basic "How to" questions.   


Educational Material Development Software: Tools helpful in developing educational resources 

  • Free Photo Editing Software  (Video) How to download & install Paint.net. Think of it as Photoshop lite. Since it is free you may want the download instructions to help you skip the bloatware that installs with free download.  Also you need to install plugins you get the all the features you may need.
  • How to remove image backgrounds  (Video) Photos (especially cactus) often have distracting backgrounds that you would like to remove in order to clean up your PowerPoint presentations. 
  • Free Screen Recorders  (Video) While PowerPoint has its own built in screen recorder, we often need to make short videos to insert into our ppt presentations or as stand alone video helps.  This video review 5 free apps that are all excellent
  • OBS Basic Tutorial  (Video) Getting started with this very full featured free and open source screen recorder
  • Free Video Editors  (Video) After we record video with a camera, PowerPoint or one of the screen recorders above, we need to merge clips, take out fumbles and add title slides, production credits and the like. This video review several free apps that are all excellent.
  • Instagram Video Editors  (PageLink) A web post that shares 17 smartphone video apps for creating, designing, and editing Instagram videos.
  • Windows 10 Built -In Video Editor Basic Tutorial  (Video)  For basic clip splicing, start & end cropping and adding title slides created in PowerPoint this editor (that you probably already have) is great. 


    We are just beginning (August 2021) to build a team of members not put off by technology to work together to develop a multifaceted communication system for our club. 

    This group will be comprised of all technology skill levels. We will meet and work online and in small groups.

    Some of our first areas to flesh out will be to develop a more professional remote meeting option for members who are not comfortable (or vaccinated) to attend meetings.

    We also need support systems for our technically challenged members.  This is why we need members of this team who may not be IT professionals, but can relate to members new to electronic communication.



    Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS)

    PO Box 64759  -  Tucson, AZ 85728-4759   -   Phone: (520) 256-2447  -  Email: TCSS@TucsonCactus.org

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