Things are moving along here in Uganda.
We have begun our trainings and the L&C students have been great!
There has been a lot of energy regarding their presenting family therapy
concepts to such distinguished international audience of counselor in
training and professions, but they are pulling through like champs!
Everyone is getting along and are learning so much from our Ugandan
I want to recall an iPad moment. It was
the first day of training and we needed to make an adjustment based off
of feedback from our counterpart, Dr. Kabura. I said, "No problem. Let
me pull the slides and I will be ready to go." This is my typical
response because I always have my materials nearby. So, I went to my
handy dandy iPad and looked in Keynotes and surprise the powerpoint was
not there. I forgot that it was on my personal laptop that I usually
carry with me everywhere. Instead I had four presentations downloaded to
the iPad because I had to limit create room for more storage. I moved
some of the presentations to Google Docs and Dropbox as a way to be
more efficient. Unfortunately, I did not have internet access and could
not retrieve anything. I went to Dr. McDowell, only to find her in the
same dilemma. It was one of those moments. We looked at each other and
said, "Wish I had my laptop."
This was not the first time
which I had this problem, so, it is kind of my fault, but not really. I
forget how much I depend on being able to retrieve documents
immediately without the internet or wifi. It is not about being
prepared, but having various options for retrieval. I have been in
similar situations stateside, having my iPad with my information on the
thumbdrive - - those two are useless to each other, since the iPad does
not have a USB port.
The iPad is great if you have time
or have thought far enough ahead to have everything downloaded in
advance. However, making adjustments on the fly is difficult and can be
frustrating particularly, if you don't have a keypad. Although it is
mobile, it is not flexible. What you have is what you have.
course, the presentation was fine and it is so easy to actually present
from Keynote. Very visible screen for the presenter and limited ways to
mess up the flow of slides. We worked things out while being reminded
of the lesson learned, the last time I was in this situation. The
sleekness of the devise requires you to be sleek in your planning as
well. If your life is streamlined then you are right on track. If not,
you better bring laptop for the heavy lifting.