A Message from the Webmaster
The Science Discussion Group has held a successful meeting with 16 attendees via Zoom and also a full meeting with an external speaker. We, therefore, confirm that using Zoom to keep groups going is viable – and more than viable, it’s fun, and entirely coronavirus safe!
Your committee has also successfully met by Zoom, on 2nd April, so we can confirm that it is definitely a direction that other groups, especially discussion type groups, should consider trying out. To that end I have produced a beginner’s guide to using Zoom, starting with how to download the App to your computer and open a Zoom account, and progressing through how to find your Zoom friends and how to join a meeting of your group, through to how to host a meeting for your group. (Only one member of the group has to master the last item! – and it doesn’t have to be the group leader.)
Alternatively, visit the coronavirus page on the Chichester U3A website and follow the link for the beginner’s guide, and let me know how you get on with Zoom. If you get stuck and need some advice get in touch.
Ray Davies (Webmaster)
PS When you click on the links to the beginner’s guide, it may appear not to work: in fact, the file may have been downloaded to your computer.
Have you kept your group going?
If so, would you please let the groups coordinato
r know, and in what way. It would be very useful if we knew there was a pool of expertise out there, and encouraging for other groups to know what can be done.
Some groups have successfully implemented video conferencing to keep their groups active. Group leaders who do, could consider opening their groups to temporary members for the duration: this would be an excellent way for interested U3A members to learn about the group, and maybe join on a permanent basis or be inspired to form their own. And it would be an excellent way for group leaders to publicise their wares.
Also, would you like to send the Bulletin a screenshot of your virtual group in action? Pick your moment, of course, but no posing!
Some more ideas
How about a Bulletin quiz? Would you like to submit questions for a quiz – say ten questions on a topic, to appear in the bulletin one week, answers, we hope, the next? The more submissions the better. Just the job for a group leader on furlough. Please send to the quiz organiser
Would you like to send the Bulletin pictures of your garden, or birds and flowers in your garden, or yourself gardening, or painting your kitchen or washing your bicycle, scooter, car (is that allowed?) or any other activities with which you have kept busy?