Category Archives: Technology and Communications

Get a Skype Demo At Technology Committee Meeting, Thursday, May 11

The Technology Committee will be trying a new format for the Technology Committee meetings.

The first part of the meeting, starting at 9:30, tomorrow Thursday, in the Board Room will be a short business meeting.

Then, around 10AM, we will shift gears to a training and demo on Skype video conferencing. As you know, Skype allows free video calls between pretty much any devices on the Internet. (You can pay for calls to traditional phones.) It works with pretty much all operating systems.

Feel free to come at 10:00 and if you wish, bring a portable unit, and we may be able to try to get your account set up — subject to our availability. Your grandchildren will love you for it.

We are thinking of doing a different training each month. We are starting with Skype because the needs survey, which lots of people answered, showed the highest demand for this training.

Easy Access to Collington News On Twitter Through This Website

If you look above the photo above, you will see a new entry on the main menu, “The Tweeters of Collington.

Click on that, and you get a fully updated display of our tweeters.  Right now, we have identified four: Marvell, Marketing, Kendal, and myself (including all the blog posts on tis site.  Hopefully together these tweets give the beginning of a flavor of what’s going on here.

In the center column is an integrated “timeline,” with the most recent at the top, of all tweets from those sources.  In the right and left columns you can choose to look at any one of the contributing streams.

Of course, we welcome submissions of additional twitter streams from residents, staff, board and potentially other community participants.

Enjoy.

Majd Alwan’s Presentation on Technology and Innovation in Retirement Communities

I know many of you will very much appreciate the opportunity to take a good and careful look at the presentation slides that Majd, from LeadingAge – CAST,  used last week in his stimulating, challenging, creative and comprehensive presentation.  Here is an introductory overview slide:

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Click here for the full presentation.

Note that we will be going through, discussing, and exploring options for follow up to these ideas at the next meeting of the Technology Committee in the Board Room (first time in this room) this Thursday Feb 9, at 9:30 in the morning.  Everyone, not just Committee members, are very welcome to observe and/or share you ideas and energy.

New Senior Staff Introduced

At today’s Community Meeting.  In addition to having  detailed presentation and discussion of the planned new Bistro dining space, we were introduced by Marvell Adams and Karen Boyce to four important new staff, as follows:

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Chief Financial Officer: Justin Reaves

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Building Manager: Gene Davis

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Information Technology Manager: Robert Reigle

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Activities/Wellness Manager: Sonja Sandoval

We welcome all of you to the Collington family.

Announcing the Launch of the Collington Residents Internal Private E-mail Distribution System (Listserve)

When the Technology Committee launched this website, we also announced that in order to provide a private alternative communication system for residents, we would move towards developing and launching a private internal e-mail distribution list.

Following approval by the Residents Association Council of the governing policies and procedures, that day has now come.

In next few days, we will be loading all known resident e-mails into this system, thereby enrolling most folks.  Once your e-mail is entered you will receive an e-mail telling your of your enrollment and explaining the system, and how to use it.

When we have finished the enrollment we will announce that fact in the Courier, and asking that, if you have not been enrolled, you contact us (richard@zorza.net) to get enrolled.

Once you are enrolled, any email sent to the list will be automatically forwarded to everyone, without any process of review.  Every such email will include instructions for getting removed from the list, or for sending a new message to the list.

The full policy and procedures document is at this link, and is also pasted below.  However the most important provision, beyond the privacy of the list, is the language governing acceptable postings:

This tool is designed for limited access, and is therefore appropriate for a wide range of content.  .   .   .  

“Shaming” of community related individuals, including residents and staff, should be avoided. Which is not to say that legitimate and appropriate policy discussion of steps taken by individuals is forbidden. The test is whether a point or comment would be appropriate in a small meeting, in which respect and assumptions of good faith are part of our philosophy.

While political and religious comments are appropriate, they should be limited and respectful of residents. Matters not-relating to Collington are not prohibited, but should be offered with some restraint.

Here is the  full document:

Collington Resident Association Listserve

Policies and Procedures

Purpose

The purpose of the Collingon Resident Association Listserve is to enhance the lives of residents and particularly their access to information and communication.

Private Community Use

The list will be open only to residents. It is the companion tool to www.collingtonresidents.org, which is generally public.

Content Principles

This tool is designed for limited access, and is therefore appropriate for a wide range of content.

Content Control

The list will not be moderated. However, one who abuses the “content concerns” listed below is subject to restriction, including pre-moderation, and, ultimately, removal of posting capacity.

Content Concerns

Contributing residents are asked to bear in mind the feelings of readers, and to bear in mind the following:

  1. “Shaming” of community related individuals, including residents and staff, should be avoided. Which is not to say that legitimate and appropriate policy discussion of steps taken by individuals is forbidden. The test is whether a point or comment would be appropriate in a small meeting, in which respect and assumptions of good faith are part of our philosophy.
  1. While political and religious comments are appropriate, they should be limited and respectful of residents. Matters not-relating to Collington are not prohibited, but should be offered with some restraint.

Issues

No complaints are anticipated. While ultimate decisions about content will be made by the Resident Association, it is assumed that the vast majority of decisions will be simple, and resolved by the Chair of the Technology Committee, any Committee that is established for this function, or the Committee as a whole.

 

Enjoy.  The Committee hopes that this new tool will enhance communication and participation.