Our OSTraining Classroom-in-a-bag

Packing for an OSTraining tripA few weeks ago I wrote about all the technology changes we were making in our live training.

With a fairly minimal investment, we/ve put together a bag of technology that allows us to go into any room with electrical power and do training. 

In this blog post I'm going to show you everything that goes in our "classroom-in-a-bag".

The Classroom-in-a-bag

What's in the bag?

  • Mac Mini Server (running MAMP Pro, all extensions, modules and plugins downloaded and accessible).
  • MacBook Air
  • iPad Air
  • Acer Chromebook
  • Epson 1761W Ultra Portable Projector
  • Bose SoundLink Mini
  • Bose QC15 Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Kensington Ultra Thin Keyboard
  • Apple Mouse
  • Apple Trackpad
  • Airport Express
  • 10′ HDMI Cable
  • Network Cable
  • Belkin 3-Outlet 2.1bAmp Mini Surge Protector with USB Ports
  • Passport, Papers, Phone, Apple Earbuds
  • Extra iPhone charger
  • Presentation “clicker”
  • All the associated connectors and cables

It all fits in a Swiss Gear Patriot Rolling Case and still fits under the seat, even in a regional jet.

Why do I carry so much?

My bag contains absolutely everything we need to run a training class.

Why do we carry everything? Last year that we decided to be self-sufficient so we could train anywhere, not relying on computer labs or even an internet connection.

Live training has some unique challenges. Occasionally, there are problems with the venue. For example, several times we've lost an hour or more to a fire drills in the training buildings. Sometimes even a connection to the internet goes down. Once in New York, large parts of downtown Manhattan lost their internet connection for a couple hours, right when we were teaching a class.

Our new set-up allows us to train almost anywhere.


About the author

Rod holds two masters degrees and has been training people how to do "things" for over 25 years. Originally from Australia, he grew up in Canada and now resides just outside Cincinnati, Ohio.