There are so many ways for us to connect with one another and show support. One steno student is streaming steno on Twitch under the alias vaderbabe87. You can check out a sample video here.
We need to start reaching out to as many platforms as we can to build interest in steno, and where one of us is a dominant or growing force on a platform, we need to support them. That’s why I shared what I wrote on Quora with Facebook friends.
And that’s when the stenography student that I’m writing about today was cool enough to share her Twitch channel. So I laid out a 12-month subscription, which financially supports the channel and shows vaderbabe87 professionals don’t just talk about caring, we actually do.
If you share my vision with regard to showing our students there is serious support here, please consider signing up for Twitch, sharing her work, and subscribing for at least a month. As I told a new mentee yesterday, feelings of deflation or defeat can creep in easily in this field. Support systems keep our students practicing through the hard times. Subscribers and viewers will be a bigger support system for this amazing individual and her work. We’re with you, vaderbabe87!
Came across a Roisin McRoberts post that let us all know she was going to be hosting or having a CaseCAT tips session at 3 p.m. PST on June 9, 2019 on her Twitch channel, Burngirl. As far as I know, there are not CEUs offered, but it is a chance to learn new things. For people on the East Coast like me, we’re looking at it being at 6 p.m. EST. For those that don’t know, Twitch is primarily a video game streaming service and business, so if you tune in before that, you might just find someone playing some video games. All I can really say is thank you for taking the time to put together what you’re putting together and I hope it makes every attendee just a little more knowledgeable.
I think this is a really interesting idea, and I would love to see our profession spread to more platforms and marketplaces, so it’s a good time to mention that you too can join the streaming world. I believe Facebook and YouTube both provide simplified live streaming service. Last I checked it, Twitch required a streaming software like the free program, OBS, to work well, but perhaps that’s changed. Regardless, if you are a trainer or teacher out there who wants to help people, there are free video edit softwares like Shotcut out there to help. There are free or low-cost screen capture softwares like OBS or Fraps. Additionally, remember that if you follow the continuing education program rules, you can also offer CEUs to your audience.
We are really at a point where we can use technology to spread our message and help a lot of people. I have had friends in the past use video gaming itself as a way to donate money to serious causes like cancer or children, and I can only imagine all the ways that these platforms could be used. We could see NCRF matching drives or other causes that support steno rise up and hit bigger audiences. It’s a world of unlimited ideas, and every contribution is important.