The Absolutely Free Bee Course 2014 Will Be Broadast Live From NYC - 1st Class 01/14/14 at 6:30pm

From: Jim
Sent on: Monday, January 13, 2014 6:57 PM

Good news about the Bee Course for 2014 - you can now attend class in your PJs!

If you wish to do so, please register as an “Online Participant” at:

http://TheBeeCourse.eventbrite.com

We will be broadcasting the classes live over Google Hangouts at:

http://Google.com/+JamesFischerNYC

Online participants WILL be able to ask questions, for the first class or two, we will use the Google Hangouts Q&A facility, which means you type your questions, and Jon Derow, the Network Producer for WBEE TV, will wrangle the questions, and select appropriate ones to ask on your behalf.  Later, we will work out how to get faces and voices into the live video feed.

Those holding tickets for the in-person class who would rather attend online, are encouraged to CANCEL their "Adult Student" and/or "Waitlist" tickets, and instead select "Online Participant" tickets.  This will allow those without reliable broadband internet to take one of the limited number of seats in the library lecture hall

Why do you still need an Eventbrite "ticket" to attend over the interwebnets? So you can get access to the discussion forum where questions will be followed up on, where students can meet other beekeepers near them, and where we will handle the wholesale co-op purchases of bees, equipment, and supplies. We also want to make sure that class announcements go out to the entire class.

As with all things technical, things can go wrong.  If that happens, we will schedule a second live presentation of the class for the online audience later in the week.  This will not be a recorded video, it will be another live class.

Online participants will need a Google account if they want to ask questions, and they will also need a decent broadband connection sufficient to play YouTube Videos without problems.  It may be a good idea to download and use the Google Chrome Browser for the class, as this will allow you to keep the chrome browser free of the plug-ins and add-ons that you like in your daily use browser.

Prior year's students will remember slogging through snow and ice on Sunday mornings to the Arsenal in Central Park for class, but that's over now.

One way or the other, see you Tuesday.

jim

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