Jump onboard with TRAIN: Taking Realtime Awareness and Innovation Nationwide

The 2013-2014 TRAIN Task Force has been actively updating materials and reaching out to state associations and members to promote the benefits of the TRAIN program. Task Force members report that they have seen an increased interest in the program through a rise in Facebook “likes” and activity, a growing number of volunteers nationwide, and more members using the available TRAIN resources such as Turbo TRAIN and the TRAIN app.

Launched in 2011, the TRAIN program was the direct result of Writing Our Future, an NCRA Board of Directors-driven initiative which established a number of priorities for the profession, including instilling within court reporters the absolute importance of being realtime capable. A major objective of the program is to increase the number of court reporters proficient in providing realtime across the country by offering an analysis of needed equipment, hands-on training on setup and troubleshooting, and writing tips.

“As a committee, we are very excited to see the increasing number of members who are embracing this program and the benefits it has to offer them professionally,”  said Lisa Knight, RMR, CRR, RSA, TRAIN Task Force co-chair. “TRAIN is designed to encourage court reporters to provide realtime services and to help them understand that having realtime skills is what most notably distinguishes them from electronic/digital reporting.”

The TRAIN Task Force is currently recruiting volunteers to help host training sessions which are designed for small-group settings at the local level. The TRAIN program relies on state associations and individual members to carry the message to reporters and to help them make the transition to realtime.

“The Task Force is charged with encouraging each state association to form a state-level TRAIN committee with a chair to serve as a liaison between NCRA’s TRAIN Task Force and that state,” said Regina Berenato-Tell, RMR, CRR, CCR, TRAIN Task Force co-chair. “Members of the task force are hoping these efforts will generate more TRAIN sessions and keep our original mission in mind of offering small, intimate one-on-one sessions to help reporters at various proficiency levels advance to higher levels.”

Whether you are looking to volunteer or interested in learning more about realtime, now is the time to jump onboard:

CEU cycle closes Sept. 30

The Sept. 30 CEU-cycle deadline is quickly approaching. If you need to earn CEUs, one of the easiest ways to do so is by participating in any of our upcoming webinars. NCRA has announced the July webinars and you can earn 0.15 CEUs per webinar.

The July series of webinars include two webinars by Lisa Knight, RMR, CRR, who is a tech-savvy official in Arapahoe County District Court in Colorado. Lisa is currently involved with NCRA’s Grassroots Realtime Task Force, better known as TRAIN, Technology Evaluation Committee, and Realtime Systems Administrator Certification Committee.

Her two-part seminar, Speed, Realtime and Beyond will take place via Internet connections on July 17, 2013 – 8-9:30 p.m. EST and July 31, 2013 – 8-9:30 p.m. EST. The seminar series will cover how to confidently provide realtime feed to counsel, what to bring to a realtime deposition and why, and how to get over the “realtime jitters” and conquer your realtime fear!

To register or get more information about these webinars, please visit NCRA. org/earnCEUs

Tech Wire: Data plans for iPads

Quick tips from the techies…

I was recently asked, “Do I need a data plan with an iPad if I want to write real time feed to it?”

All iPads models come with built-in Wi- Fi. That means every iPad can join networks (whether at a deposition for realtime or at Starbucks to surf the Web). If you want to access the Internet in more places, choose a model that supports mobile data and sign up for service from your carrier.

Believe it or not, having a data plan has nothing whatsoever to do with your realtime feed! The quick-and-easy answer: No, you do not need Internet access to use iCVN for realtime purposes. When using your iPad for realtime purposes, your CAT computer and your iPad must be on the same LAN (Local Area Network) to properly work. Yep, it’s just that simple! It’s as easy as jumping onto your local Starbucks’ Wi-Fi!

So the choice is all yours! Black or white? 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB? Wi- Fi or Wi-FI+Cellular?