Hello World. (Let’s try this blogging thing again)

It has come to my attention that I should give blogging a try.  Which really means trying again.  One person has been particularly nudgy since his #rhizo15 course launched a couple of weeks ago (Yes you @davecormier). It probably surprises him that I even had a wordpress site to begin with. (See, I know the mechanics). Another friend suggested it would be good for me and that I should consider it a “conditioning program for the brain.” (Which really gave me pause on what the perceived condition of my brain is. But enough of this digression).

It has been four years and two jobs ago since I last touched this space. I somehow remembered the site password but I can barely remember the birth dates of my immediate family members. (Maybe my brain does need some conditioning?)

I could make excuses that my dissertation has preoccupied me. That life, kids and work sucked up the precious spare brain cells that are needed to thoughtfully curate this piece of digital parchment. Yet these are not unique or exceptional reasons to have been away. I was a voracious participant in all manner of twitter edu chats up until 4 years ago. Heck, I used to teach a social media course at one of my previous universities and blogging was a central aspect.

But I gradually transitioned into an observer role, chiming in selectively here and there, invisibly skipping around the interwebs at my leisure, replacing my normal diet of non-fiction essay style books for blogs (and happily so).  I feel less compelled to jump directly into the virtual conversational fray and would rather turn to the person next to me (and most often it’s @mprutter these days) to say “what do you make of this?” Or I turn to the old school backchannel of backchannels, (chat)  for some 1:1 dialogue. I only half joked today that after turning 40 I seem to be technologically regressing on my preferred modes of digital interaction.

I am a verbal and visual thinker. I am rather keen on moving air with my words (just ask my husband) and drawing diagrams on writable walls.  But even I can’t disagree too much with a few of my peers that a blog might be worth doing to clear out a bit of the academic buildup of “stuff” and inner monologues that fill my mind on my train ride home. And let’s face it, to lurk on #rhizo15 is missing the entire point of the process. So, hello world.

My new TED- RSA: 21st Century Enlightenment

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RSA is my new TED (though TED still holds a special place in my heart). Also, I realize that RSA & TED are not same/sam, but there are worthy comparisons and find that their site, inclusive of their famous RSAnimate talks. Please look at this site for their publications other wonderful programs related to social change, new thinking theory, and just plain old other cool stuff.
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Crowdsource our ISTE Experience

#ISTE11 is officially/unoffically under way.  EduBloggerCon rocked as usual this morning lead by the amazing Mr. Steve Hargadon.  And now we have TEDxPhiladelphiaED happening. 

I don’t actually touch down in Philly until Tuesday morning and then I will turn around that evening and head back home. So yes folks, I have 12 hours at ISTE this  year, which is still better than 0 hours. I’ve named my impending trip the ISTE Dash & Crash.  (Crash as in sleep people –not trying for a plane, train or car wreck here).  

Collaborative Blogging Anyone? The Twitterverse has been humming with fabulous shares from the events this weekend, so I am thankful for being in the loop from today’s happenings (though nothing beats really being there). There will be plenty of Paper.li feeds to read as well as individual blog posts from attendees to fill in what you are missing. However, what if there was a giant collaborative blog for folks to post their finds and sightings to. What if you could simply email your pics, vids, and thoughts and it would immediately post to a blog?  I have a couple of friends who have tentatively said “heck ya let’s do it” to this idea. So I set up this ISTE Posterous site where we could do just that.  If you are interested in contributing to a collaborative, crowd-sourced ISTE Blog— drop me a line by clicking on the contact info for this site. You can easily email a picture, video, document, or posting to this blog and it will be posted (and tweeted). 

If you are not at ISTE, but merely flowing the webcasts and Tweets, you can participate too! Share your favorite tweets, observations, resources etc.

I am well aware that I should have had my act together on this crowdsourced blog thingy awhile ago to actually guarantee contributors. Next time!  Until then, I have to rely on the genoursity of a few thousand educators willing to contribute their finds and experiences. 




Blogs Elbow Up to Journal Status in New Academic-Publishing Venture – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Today’s Chronicle article about Dan Cohen’s latest, work, PressForward, was music to the eyes. At this time last year I was completing a lit review on the status of “digital scholarship” in academia. One of the sticky spots was how to treat blogs, especially as they do not originate in the gold standard of print, nor are they likely to be seen as legit peer-reviewed work.

My interest in the topic is two-fold: As a budding scholar myself and as an administrator who must find ways to help faculty bring more technology into their teaching. The recognition of digital works as real scholarship is essential for the advancement of academe. It provides incentive for faculty to take risk while evolving our ideas of scholarly publishing.

Bravo to Dan Cohen & peers for their progressive work in this area and the launch of PressForward. Looking forward to how this unfolds and develops.
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Free Webinar: Creating Engagement with Voice Tools in Online Courses

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9th -In this webinar, participants will learn strategies and techniques for using voice tools to support participant engagement and create personalization in online courses. Continue with this link to view registration information. Please note: Please register at least one hour before the scheduled start time.
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