VTK and You: The Summary (not a video)

Well, I never expected the VTK and You video series to extend to five videos.  I thought at the most there would be three.  If you’re just joining us for the VTK (aka Volunteer Toolkit) party, let’s catch you up.  Our council was one of the last ones to roll out VTK, so that’s why I’m just now writing about it even though it’s already been out for three years.

As someone who is both a Brownie and Cadette leader and a former IT professional who rolled out and tested applications in a previous life, I wanted to provide a summary of what I concluded from my recent experience with VTK.  This was not done as an exercise in bashing (although I admit that I become a little sarcastic near the end).  In fact, I originally created the videos to hopefully provide somebody (anybody!) a snapshot of what it’s like to use VTK from a volunteer point of view.  In other words, I was just trying to help.  I have more to say about VTK from a non-technical standpoint and how meetings are written and presented, but I’ll hold off for now because I want to stick to the technical issues and possible solutions.  Read more »

VTK and You: Ain’t Nothin’ But a Good Time

LOL.  That’s all that needs to be said.

I am back with the fifth and final (maybe?) edition in the video series VTK and You!  I didn’t really decide that I was going with a hair band title theme until I named two in row, so I figured why not make it three?  The Carpenters don’t really fit in, but oh well.  Anyway, I really didn’t expect to create this many videos about VTK, and I didn’t even cover all of the topics.  I did not test or go through the My Troop section because I am using my live VTK account and didn’t want to expose any girls’ information.  Our council has also not implemented the Finances portion yet, so I didn’t walk through it either.  I also wanted to test it from a parent account to see what it looks like on their end, but I haven’t been able to log into my husband’s account yet.  If he has one.  I’m not really sure at this point.   Read more »

VTK and You: The Final Countdown (not really)

Fooled ya.

I originally called this episode VTK and You:  The Final Countdown fully intending for it to be the last one in the series.  But more things came up for me to test while recording this one, plus a few volunteers from my council asked me to test out issues they are having as well.  So one more!  Right?  Just one!  And because I’m apparently a masochist, I’m going to go back to my previous posts and summarize what I cover during the videos just to be more specific and possibly help out some poor soul who randomly stumbles across these VTK blog posts.  Once again, I start poking around a topic thinking it’ll be something I can knock out pretty quickly only for it to turn into a long, drawn-out ordeal.  But I must push forward! Read more »

VTK and You: Here I Go Again

This is the third installment of the VTK and You video series with this one called VTK and You:  Here I Go Again.  The Whitesnake version.  But I can’t get my hair to look like those guys.  I bet hairspray companies made a fortune in the 80s!  Well, I’m not going to write a lot before posting the video because I’ve pretty much covered all the prefaces and what-nots in the last two.  But here they are again in case you’re reading this out of order:

  1. These are not “how to” videos at all.  If they help, great!  But that’s not the purpose of them.
  2. I do NOT represent my council’s viewpoints so please do not take it as such.  I’m just a regular ole Brownie & Cadette leader trying to navigate her way through the VTK jungle.
  3. It is NOT my intent to bash VTK.  I actually think it has potential, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done.
  4. I have a background in IT and have worked with developers to roll out applications, so I will be looking at it from that standpoint as well.
  5. I’m just trying to help. 😉

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VTK and You: We’ve Only Just Begun

This is the second in a series of videos about Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK) and my attempt at using it and offering suggestions on how to fix and improve it.  It’s not necessary to watch the first video, but here it is if you’re interested.  I’m not sure how many of them there will be in total.  Probably until I feel like I’ve covered enough of what I think should be fixed, modified, or improved.  Or I get bored.  Or YouTube cries, “Uncle!”

I’ll let the videos speak for themselves, but here’s the rundown that you should know before watching:

  1. These are not “how to” videos at all.  If they help, great!  But that’s not the purpose of them.
  2. I do NOT represent my council’s viewpoints so please do not take it as such.  I’m just a regular ole Brownie & Cadette leader trying to navigate her way through the VTK jungle.
  3. It is NOT my intent to bash VTK.  I actually think it has potential, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done.
  4. I have a background in IT and have worked with developers to roll out applications, so I will be looking at it from that standpoint as well.
  5. I’m just trying to help. 😉

Read more »

VTK and You: The Saga Begins (A Video Series)

I knew that at some point I wanted to do a series about Volunteer Toolkit (aka VTK) when our council finally got it.  I realize it’s been three years since it launched so I’m way behind the curve, but I couldn’t do anything about it since our council was one of the last ones to come onboard.  Originally I was going to put together a list of what doesn’t work and how it could be improved.  But after thinking through this approach, I realized it would be more effective if I just recorded me attempting to use VTK than to try to document every little quirk and bug.  Read more »

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