I do not have a lot of substance to share today, but I feel obliged to post, and there are a few minutes before the shuttle picks us up from the hinterlands on the other side of the GasLamp district, and takes us to NECC day 2. I’ll be teaching an all day workshop today with Camilla Gagliolo and Karen Connaghan on podcasting. I think this is going to be fun.
Note: I just learned that Tony Vincent is joining us as well. Great treat!
To say that yesterday was exhausting would be an understatement. But it was entirely satisfying. The first thing was a 7:30 panel discussion for the SIGTC group (Technology Coordinators). The panel members were myself, John Herdron, Thor Prichard, Will Richardson, and Tony Vincent. I enjoyed this panel, because it was interesting and instructional to hear so many well-thought-out perspectives on some of the issues of web 2.0. The audio of the panel is online, but I’ll need to check on whether the SIGTC leadership wants it publicly available. If so, I may podcast it on Connect Learning as part of our workshop today.
I also participated in a session with Larry Anderson, Tim Wilson, Lucy Gray, and Ted Lai on podcasting. It was a huge room with wall-to-wall attendees. This session was very well received, and offered the basics about podcasting.
Finally, I delivered my Telling the New Story address to a large audience, and it too seemed well received. Using a lapel mic that is wired to the mixer is a bit districting, especially for a man who is not a sure-footed as he use to be. Plus it meant that I had to stay on the stage which is like a prison sentence for me. But I may podcast it as well, and I know that the conference will be making a video available.
The rest of the day was receptions and receptions and more receptions, except for a very interesting birds of a feather about Net Day’s Speak Out surveys. I think that this is a fabulous project that is generating very important data about the state of education in the first part of the 21st century, and about its students as learner and future citizens.
Two issues that resonated with me and which I shared at the meetup, were that the data will be changing. I feel that our students experience with the digital realm is constantly changing, because they are constantly trying to make it more interesting. There’s energy here that we can tap into to create learning engines, if we can keep up.
Also, I think that this data is extremely important so that education can engage in more productive and foreword reaching local conversations, between the institution and the local (and global) societies that it serves.
Enough for now, got to go catch my bus!