Event April 8: Meetings in the Time of Coronavirus: Tips and Tricks of online meetings

I want to invite folks to the Blandin Foundation webinar. Mary Magnuson and I will be taking this on. Mary is the tech glue that is making the Blandin webinars run so smoothly. A few years ago, I did a webinar a month for about a year. The tools have only gotten better and there are some real advantages to online meetings.

Our goal is to make you feel comfortable attending and maybe hosting webinars yourself…

Meetings in the Time of Coronavirus: Tips and Tricks of online meetings
As we move online, all of us are getting a crash course on online meetings. We thought we’d open up our sandbox to talk about how we’ve been hosting Zoom meetings and what we know about Facebook Live, Google Hangouts and Twitter parties. (Mostly Zoom.) We’re not experts, but we’re practitioners. We want to create a safe space for everyone give it a go – you can share your screen or take a chance to ask a question!

No advance registration required.
April 8 – 2-3pm CST

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Blandin Broadband Leadership Webinar Series Overview Archive

Thanks to the presenters and attendees for joining the inaugural Blandin Broadband Leadership Webinar. Here we have the video archive, slides when available and chat transcript…

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EVENT Mar 31: Blandin Broadband Leadership Webinar Series Overview

As the need for better broadband everywhere becomes more evident every day, are you – as an elected official, government staff or concerned citizen – wondering how to get your community or county on the right path to fixing the problem?  Would you like a better understanding of how to organize your area, select the right technology, attract the right project partners and obtain the necessary project, including grants, funding?  The Blandin Broadband Leadership Webinar Series is for you.

The first of ten webinars over the next five weeks is March 31 at 9 a.m. CDT.  Join Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin’s Director of Public Policy and Engagement, Angie Dickison of MN DEED’s Office of Broadband Development and Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors as they share their expertise on community broadband development.

  • Bernadine will discuss the critical role for community leaders in addressing broadband shortcomings in their communities and Blandin’s commitment to helping leaders navigate this challenge.
  • Angie will encourage participants to become active in developing and supporting applications to the state’s Border to Border Broadband grant program and provide examples where community involvement, in partnership with private sector providers, has made a positive difference in project funding decisions.
  • Bill will step participants through the Community Broadband Development Process and showcase how the webinars will provide a start-to-finish guide to developing community consensus, broadband partnerships and successful project applications.

Click here to complete the week one pre-webinar survey. Your responses will help inform the presentations and kick-off the Q&A.

Webinar Handouts
– The Broadband Development Process
– Worksheets
– Community Broadband Infrastructure and Services Assessment Tool

Join us by clicking here:  https://zoom.us/j/607332007  Pre-registration is not required.

Blandin Webinars This Tues & Thurs: Creating Successful Broadband Infrastructure Projects

I’m sharing an email from the Blandin Foundation highlighting two webinars happening this week (Tues & Thurs)…

The Blandin Community Broadband Program invites you to join us Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am for the five-week Broadband Leadership Webinar Series: Creating Successful Broadband Projects. This week’s webinars are:

  • March 31 – Series Overview; A review of the entire broadband development process*. Join at https://zoom.us/j/607332007
    • Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
    • Angie Dickison, Minnesota Office of Broadband Development
    • Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors
  • April 2 – Setting the Vision; The hows and whys of developing a community broadband vision to engage community leaders, citizens, and broadband providers. Join at https://zoom.us/j/829313397
    • Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
    • Rich Sve, Lake County
    • Mark Erickson, Community Visionary
    • Elizabeth Olivanti, NE MN Small Business Development Center
    • Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors

We appreciate your input! Please click here to complete the week one pre-webinar survey. Your responses will help inform the presentations and kick-off the Q&A.

*Week one webinar handouts:

Last week’s special webinar, Broadband and Education in the Time of Coronavirus is available for viewing at https://wp.me/p3if7-5W1

If you are unable to join us in real-time, all webinars will be recorded and posted to the Blandin on Broadband blog and to our website.

For more information, or to share ideas for future webinars, contact Mary Magnuson at memagnuson@blandinfoundation.org.

Webinar Archive: Broadband and Education in the Time of Coronavirus

Thanks to the presenters and attendees of today’s webinar on what we’re doing in Minnesota to set up families and students to be successful during the coronavirus slow down. Here’s the description and links to speakers:

Schools are going online. Are your students prepared? Are your schools prepared? How can schools create digital equity quickly while planning for the future? In this webinar, we’ll talk about access to devices, making broadband affordable, and plans to extend broadband in the short and long term with an eye toward what you can do now and what you should be thinking about moving forward.

PPTs:

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EVENT Mar 26: Broadband and Education in the Time of Coronavirus webinar

Invitation from the Blandin Foundation – and as the moderator, I’m excited for the event coming up on Thursday…

Please join us for a special webinar on Broadband and Education in the Time of Coronavirus.

Schools are going online. Are your students prepared? Are your schools prepared? How can schools create digital equity quickly while planning for the future? In this webinar, we’ll talk about access to devices, making broadband affordable, and plans to extend broadband in the short and long term with an eye toward what you can do now and what you should be thinking about moving forward.

The webinar will take place Thursday, March 26 at 10:00 am. Join at https://zoom.us/j/378628779. Pre-registration is not required.

I’ll post the archive of the event on the blog once we’re done.

EVENT: Broadband Leadership Webinar Series: Creating Successful Broadband Infrastructure Projects

A message from the Broadband Team at Blandin Foundation…

The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that access to broadband is necessary for everyone. Communities cannot merely hope that a comprehensive broadband solution will be delivered to their doorsteps; local leaders must take an active role to ensure their community’s long-term broadband needs are met — that broadband is an asset, not a constraint.

To help, Blandin Foundation is offering a new Broadband Leadership Webinar Series: Creating Successful Broadband Projects. Webinars will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00 am beginning March 31, and will run for five weeks. Sessions will be recorded and posted to our website and the Blandin on Broadband blog for ongoing access. Registration is not required. Simply click the link to join the webinar.

Participants will learn about broadband infrastructure project planning best practices and tips for partnering effectively with ISPs and units of government, working with broadband consultants, and successfully applying for public funds.

  • March 31
    Series Overview
    A review of the entire broadband development process. https://zoom.us/j/607332007
  • April 2
    Setting the Vision
    The hows and whys of developing a shared community broadband vision to engage community leaders, citizens, and broadband provider partners. https://zoom.us/j/829313397
  • April 7
    Broadband 101
    An introduction to various broadband technologies highlighting capabilities, liabilities, and comparative costs of each. https://zoom.us/j/308862200
  • April 9
    Community Broadband Surveys
    An overview of broadband surveys including a comparison of random sample surveys and canvassing techniques, key questions, the importance of GIS mapping technology, and data ownership considerations. https://zoom.us/j/290569587
  • April 14
    Broadband Mapping
    An introduction to broadband mapping data sources, with demonstration of various GIS capabilities for data display and grant eligibility determination. Strategies for challenging broadband map data will be discussed. https://zoom.us/j/246328169
  • April 16
    Ownership Models and Provider Partnerships
    An overview of models concerning network ownership and operations providing options for working with existing and prospective partners. https://zoom.us/j/560434824
  • April 21 Feasibility Studies
    Presentation and discussion of the key elements of broadband feasibility study design, implementation, and use; including tips on selecting a consultant. https://zoom.us/j/480704463
  • April 23
    Federal and State Broadband Finance Programs
    An overview of existing and emerging broadband finance programs. https://zoom.us/j/287394948
  • April 28
    Local Broadband Finance Options
    An introduction to the finance tools available to cities, counties, and towns to assist in broadband development. https://zoom.us/j/822263677
  • April 30
    Making it Happen: Determining your Community’s Best Option
    Strategies for success. https://zoom.us/j/907531735