On the Road : May 2010

Teaching the trainer

By Doug Haddix, IRE training director

Every trainer will tell you that one of the joys of the job is learning from people you’re training. During recent custom training for The Associated Press in San Francisco, the group was talking about ways to avoid high copying fees for paper documents. After I suggested using a portable scanner, camera or cell-phone camera, AP staffer Marcus Wohlsen shared a tip.

Turns out a relatively new app for the iPhone can help. It’s called JotNot ($4.99 from the iTunes store). A similar product, DocScanner ($5.99 from the iTunes ...

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Lightning Talks, Vegas Style -- It's not just for nerds!

By Aron Pilhofer, The New York Times

Our first go-around with lightning talks was so successful at NICAR that we're bringing them to Vegas. The app is up, so go to it: http://ire.aronpilhofer.com

What are lightning talks? For those unfamiliar, lightning talks are 5-minute presentations suggested by you, chosen by you, delivered by you. The list of subjects and speakers is chosen by popular demand. Anyone can suggest an idea, and the most popular talks will be given at this session. We'll provide a computer with Internet access and a projector, and the rest is ...

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