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In Adobe Connect Essential Training, author Tim Plumer, Jr. explains how to deliver and host interactive web meetings, webinars, and e-learning tutorials using Adobe Connect. The course covers the software's many tools for streamlining communication and engaging participants, such as the screen sharing, full-screen, and whiteboard features. Also included are tutorials on recording presentations, video conferencing, and using Connect with an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. Exercise files accompany the course.
The main toolset that you'll have in your meeting room is a set of things called pods. We're going to take a look at the pods as a general objects so that you can understand how they worked in the meeting room and how they can serve your needs. So to get started we'll go ahead and jump into the meeting room. We'll go into Tim's First Meeting. You can go into whatever meeting you created and here is your URL. Connect will open up, bring you into the meeting room, and in this default template created by your 30 day trial, there are four pods that are pretty commonly used pods and that's why Adobe put them here for you.
So we'll start by understanding these and then we'll move onto the rest of the pods. The first is the Share pod, probably the most common pod you'll use during a Connect meeting. It holds content that you want to present to your audience. The next most common pod is the Chat pod. The Chat pod is a tool for allowing your audience to chat with one another and you in a way that's very similar to instant messaging. The Attendees pod allows you to see who is in the room and it's a very helpful pod.
You can see the people who are in the room as host presenters and participants. These are all topics that we'll cover later, but the Attendee pod is a pod that I rarely hide. Then finally in this layout we have this thing called the Video pod, which is actually a way for you to share your web camera. Now I don't actually use this a lot with meetings, but it's one of the functions that a lot of people like about Connect and so that's why it's here as a default. The good news is that pods are configurable. If I don't like this particular layout of pods, I can start to move them around and every pod works pretty much exactly the same way.
If I want to change the pod size all I need to do is hover over one of the edges of the pod and I can click- and-drag to change its size. If there is a pod that I don't want in the room, for example, in this case I don't want the Video pod, I can click on its Pod Options and choose to hide it and that will put the pod away. Among the other pods that I have access to are pods that I can find up here under the Pods menu. For example, I may want a Notes pod. So we'll go ahead and add a new Notes pod. And you can see that Connect tries to fill in the biggest empty space that you've given it with the pod, but of course I can change that.
So if I want the note to fit up here all I need to do is resize it a little bit. We'll drag it over here to the side and I even get these nice little helpful lines that help me to align the pods so I can create a nice tight layout. We'll resize this pod just a little bit more. Now the Notes pod does what you might expect. It allows me to put notes into the room. I also have a File Share pod. We'll add that and this just allows me to share files.
I have a Web Links pod which allows me to, as you might guess, share web links. So if I have a URL that I'd like to share with my audience, I can go ahead and do so. Finally, I have the Poll pod. We'll select Add New Poll. This allows me to take a poll of the audience or create a quiz or do a variety of things around gathering information from my audience. Now again we're going to cover the specifics of each of these pods later and some of the pods that we might not have already seen here, but I just wanted to show you that a meeting room is basically a configuration of these pods that you can set up however you like for your purposes.
You can hide particular pods, you can show particular pods, and you can even create multiples of each given pod so that you can set the meeting room up for whatever purpose you have for your meeting as opposed to having to do what Adobe thought you might want to do by creating the default layout.
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