Thought Wheel

Ann Chiappetta

Zoom and Zap 🚀

| Filed under assistive technology Relationships

One of the volunteer hats I wear is being a Zoom host and account administrator. I manage the account settings, schedule meetings and  download and distribute the recordings for small nonprofits.  It is a geeky-techie thing and I like it. It allows me to be involved with others and  I feel  like I am giving back to the community.

 

The opportunity to train as a Zoom administrator was a direct result of the pandemic. I couldn’t visit  libraries, schools and civic organizations to present  topics or share in poetry readings. Back then, I felt I needed to learn Zoom if I did not want to fade away from the public eye. I needed to learn Zoom for the organizations I  represented and for the people  I liked and loved to survive while in the clutches of pandemic isolation.

 

The internet saved me from obscurity. I attended Zoom training sessions, presentations and meetings and improved my video and audio presentation skills.  I spent hours recording, deleting and reciting my work and reading biographies. I trolled YouTube for Zoom  tips and memorized short cuts. I increased my knowledge base regarding my assistive technology. I helped other people to improve their skills.

 

It is 2023 and thanks to being a good self-starter and being self-reliant , I am a Zoom administrator for small business and personal accounts. I reached  past my comfort zone and met my goals. I did not overreach and  this is essential to be successful.

 

Here is a poem I wrote about video conferencing platforms.

Zoom and Zap

By Ann Chiappetta

 

Prior to the pandemic

I got zapped with the Zoom app.

Now I zig and zag, click and tap

Interact on the Z

Meetings and webinars

Zoom zooming zoom

Unstable connections

Am I unmuted?

Get the got it button

Waiting for host

Virtual  connections

continue  after the pandemic ends.

☄️

 

Listen to  a Tale of Two Species 🐱 🐶 🌌

| Filed under blindness Fiction Writing Life

Those of you who know I am blind might be curious about the assistive technology and software I rely upon to  operate my pc and  mobile devices. This recording will demonstrate what I hear when writing and editing stories and other written correspondence. Since this story  is a mini-space drama  —  I thought why not record it being read by a synthesized voice?  Enjoy!