How was the first talk?
Talk of what? this would be the basic question strikes your mind when you saw the title. It’s about the experience which i had during my first talk @ BACAS aka Bishop Appasamy College of Arts & Science about Actions on Google
It was a one day workshop on how to use Google Assistant as well as how to create an action for google assistant.
When I got the call from one of my faculty (who taught me Java) to conduct a workshop/session for the students. I didn’t think anything just said YES.
One thing which runs in my mind at the time was i have to do something for the students. At least they would know that something is happening around them
Of course, the dates were confirmed 12–2–2020 but with one condition students will use smartphones to code
send the agenda of what’s going to happen. Exactly one week of time i had to do all the preparations.
Made a clear plan of what i am going to teach these guys with some rough drafts and checklist.
As per the checklist
- Created PPT (This is the first time i spending more than 5 days for creating PPT)
- Created the sample templates and code
- Created the resource links and QR Code
- Created Feedback form
And everything was set ready on 07–02–2020 but my mind says
Here comes the twist in the story :)
Content is fit but what happens if the speaker is ill(When the speaker lost his voice when he is going to take a session about voice assistant)
The Session Day
Thought i won’t able to do the session but i was not ready to surrender to the cold and fever
Gone to the college to take session had a great time with the staffs to know what has happened in the past years
After that went to the seminar hall to conduct the session. Got full energy once i saw the students with their overwhelming response
After the intros, it was my time to start the session but something went missing
Yes it’s right VGA to HDMI Converter now luckily they had one and it’s working
Started with the evolution of technology than some parts of A.I. and then moved to the main topic voice assistants
Once the students came to know how voice assistant works with some real examples they were like
Everyone was super excited to create something in google assistant but it would be great if we had a tea break
After the tea break, everyone is very aggressive to create an action in Actions on Google using their smartphones (You heard it correctly)
It was a plug and play for the students and they successfully created their first action on google using template
After the first session got completed.Started with the new topic Conversation Design
Taught them how to create a conversation and the rules to be followed while creating a conversation
And the bell rings for the lunch and everyone was like
After lunch, everyone gathered again to create their custom action using dialog flow. Made the students to interact more because some may go to sleep mode after lunch.
Once they are comfortable with the conversation design started to create an action using dialog flow
But somehow few of them have gone to very aggressive sleep mode
Anyways the session was over and shared the resources to go further with Actions on Google and a feedback form on how was the session(To improve myself)
And the story gets an end with a photoshoot
Key takeaways from the workshop
- It was a new experience for me to take the workshop(Moved from the comfort zone)
- Think outside the box while preparing for the workshop
- Don’t repeat the mistakes
I would like to thank the students and staff of BACAS for organizing the event and listening patiently.
If you want to have a look at the PPT feel free to click the link