Don’t get me wrong, I thought the AASL conference was fantastic. There are sessions I missed that I would have liked to have listened in on after returning home. At the AASL conference, all speakers were asked to share their handouts online, wireless access was available to all, and there were outstanding presentations, networking opportunities, and extensive exhibits. However, if we were to rate the conference by Web 2.0 standards, it fell short.
In our AASL session today, we shared that the “read-write” web 2.0 world is: sharable, collaborative, personal investment, identity building, conversation and low or no cost. And, I gained a lot from the various conversations I had in and out of the conference sessions. However, my learning didn’t stop there because I was able to listen to presentations from other conferences taking place at the same time or in the past.
- The K12 Online conference , totally free by the way, had equally wonderful presentations and discussions that anyone, anytime can access, download and listen and learn.
- The NECC Conference held in Atlanta in June 2007 continues to podcast the variety of sessione.
- Pop Tech! which takes place in Maine every fall has their presentations available online.
- The TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) invitation-only conference takes place each February in California and these presentations are shared.
Why did we not do this at the AASL conference? The AASL weblog suggests that many of the presentations will be shared via the AASL e-academy for a cost! During our presentation today, I turned on my ipod recorder and recorded our presentation. It turned out pretty good. It doesn’t take much to record a presentation – a microphone and an ipod; any apple computer; a Windows computer and Audacity. It isn’t difficult to record a presentation…even if it isn’t perfect.
Joyce Valenza suggests the AASL conference was mostly Web 1.0. Cathy Nelson was a bit disappointed as well that there were no other ways to participate in the conversation other than face-to-face. We have two years until the next conference when I hope we can figure out a way to share the many outstanding presentations outside of the “conference center box.”
By the way, it was a pleasure chatting with Joyce in person at the AASL conference and wondering out loud what’s next in the library and Web 2.5 world.