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Before we get started learning how to use Connect, I want to talk a little bit about what it is. First off, it's a web-based tool for presenting, so that you can share content with an audience via the web. But it's also a Flash-based collaboration tool, which means that you can work on any platform with a static meeting room. A static meeting room is important because that means that you have a single URL that you can use for a given meeting. It doesn't have to change when you want to meet at a different time or if you want to keep that room to use over and over again.
That static meeting room URL is something that you can even put on your business card or in your e-mail signature as a place to meet. It has a variety of eLearning tools built into it that allow you to do things like professional development, or even K-12 or college-level education via the web. And because it allows you to record, you can create archives of your meetings and classes that you can send to people after the fact for review, or even share with people who weren't able to attend in person. It's even useful as a portal.
When you have a PowerPoint file for example that has a web link in it, that link is active in the room so that people can use it to surf to that page right from the meeting. Your content that you use within a Connect meeting room is stored on the server and you can make it available to people even outside of the context of the Connect meeting. So, if you think of Connect as a tool for doing more than just presenting, it's a tool for leveraging the web for collaboration. If you think that way, then you're going to get a lot more from this tool than you might realize.
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