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Internet, Twitter and Sloan-C Conference

Thursday’s morning plenary at the Sloan-C conference in Las Vegas featured Steve Hargadon and Audrey Watters who spoke on the topic of: Drilling Down on the Real Impacts of Emerging Technologies . Little did I know that first the Internet was not working on my computer and then my phone could not connect either and I do enjoy Tweeting out thoughts during the presentation. In addition, I found out later that Twitter was down at the same time.  So, I opened a good old word document and started typing out my “tweets” in hopes that Twitter and the Internet would be up…but nope, it was still not working.

So, here are my “tweets” from yesterday’s plenary at Sloan C:

  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online discussing how information is currently consumed like food at McDonalds. Perhaps there is a better way.
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Seems like institutions are working hard to protect their space but with MOOCs and related structures…
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Quoting Tim O’Reilly about “data exhaust” vs. “data management” that could help with student learning
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online now talking about the textbook delivery method. Why have we not fired textbooks?
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Resources can now be organized by instructors and learners vs. textbook publishers curating…but will they?
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Why haven’t digital textbooks taken off? Audrey said that if she could touch a mitochondria in a textbook she might have become a scientist
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Problem with textbooks is that you can’t share them with your friends and cost and copyright
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Publishers worrying about losing control…and profits with changing world of textbooks
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online discussing what Audrey has written about Edmodo and the investment capital invested in it – primarily a K-12 social media platform
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online With investors in Edmodo – over $40 mil – what will be the return for the investors in the future?
  • “If you are not paying for the product, you ARE the product.” @audreywatters at #et4online
  • @stevehargadon is the ultimate insightful interviewer as part of this keynote identifying “elephants in the room” of tech and ed with@audreywatters at #et4online
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online There is another connection with food and online – many people check out reviews of restaurants before going. More control for customers.
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Now talking about how mobile devices have allowed users more control and decision making in every day life and in education
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online So, Edmodo is free. Audrey wonders how they will make money in the future…
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Money going into education from philanthropists and entrepreneurs more today than in the past. What will be the result?
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online The “Audrey” test are 5 questions she asks educational entrepreneurs to see if they “get” what they are investing their money in
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Some suggest “Until the iPad came along, there was no educational technology. Many forget the educational history. A type of “educational amnesia”
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online When you see one person drop out of Harvard and they become a millionaire, others think this is what they can do, too.
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online It is probably a good idea if you have an idea of how to improve education, it is probably a good idea to talk with a teacher
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Everyone went to school at some part in their lives so they think their solution will “save” education. Their “app” will change education and some how make it better.
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Many of the tech products such as “Twitter” or “Evernote” have no idea about education, but it is educators who adopt it and put it to work in education
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Interesting how companies like Apple make statements like they have “education in their DNA” but what they produce is not really focused on education. It’s educators who adopt it.
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Talking about recent Open Source conference…some have gone to the “dark” side…but doesn’t always mean “open” – the word du jour
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online It is important for educators to ask questions about what does it mean to be “open”
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Now talking about Tim O’Reilly who talked about the “clothesline paradox” when you hang clothes outside, there is no measure of energy consumption
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online If you dry clothes in a dryer, energy is measured, if they are hung outside, there is no measure of energy.  Analogy of open education – “clothesline paradox” Tim O’Reilly
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online says that Tim O’Reilly believes that it is important to give more than you get
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Having 160,000 students in an open course seems like a compelling story…is it serving a need?
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Now discussing courser (a for-profit) just signed on 12 universities as part of their program to offer open courses
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Now sharing about Harvard and MIT edEX open courseware … but the model is graded via multiple choice auto-graded tests
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Why is it important to know where MOOCs actually started? (It was not at Stanford)
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online Do you know about Connectivism, George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier and their role in the development of MOOCs?
  • @stevehargadon and @audreywatters at #et4online An answer to one of the questions: It is important for learners to be able to identify how they learn best and institutions should be able to accommodate the variety




The Olympics and doing online school work

I always enjoy watching the Olympics.  I like watching these winter Olympics even more because I vacationed up on Whistler Mountain in Canada two years ago.  At that time, the Canadian Olympic committee was already widening highways and building various venues including the luge.  So, seeing many of the events reminds me of that vacation and the various places I visited that summer.  I enjoyed watching the downhill skiing, the snowboard races, as well as figure skating.

What caught my attention while watching the couples figure skating last night was first their incredible balance and timing on the ice (I can barely ice skate let alone lift someone over my head while ice skating!).  They make it all look so easy.  Then, hearing the stories of the different competitors was interesting as well.  One story I happened to come across talked about the skater Keanu McLauglin whose passion is ice skating.  You definitely need passion to compete in any sport in the Olympics!

The one pairs skater that especially caught my attention was 16-year-old Caydee Denney who was in the finals with skating partner Jeremy Barrett.  While talking about Caydee, the  commentator mentioned that Caydee takes online high school courses in Florida.  No doubt she is having to work her online courses into her schedule along with competing in the Olympics.

The Olympics also remind me of the Olympic Creed which apply to every day life as well:

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

Stories from the San Diego fire

Watching the fires burn in San Diego made me think of my many friends and colleagues who live in the San Diego area. I flew through Los Angeles yesterday and the smoky skies are amazing – here is how it looked outside the airplane in LAX.


I sat next to a lady on the plane who said her grandchildren who live in Long Beach were not allowed out doors and that soot is spreading throughout the area. Now, Long Beach and Los Angeles are about 200 miles north of San Diego and where the fires are!

On the news this morning, I heard Christie Williams interviewed, who talked about seeing her house burn on TV. Then, I read about Christie and her family on her blog. I encourage you to share your thoughts and prayers with her as well.

Headed to AASL

The American Association of School Librarian’s Conference convenes every two years.  This year it is in Reno and features Dan Pink as one of the keynotes  (read his blog here).  I’m excited to hear Pink speak as I read A Whole New Mind over a year ago and have applied many of his six senses, especially when it comes to my daughter.  Just a few examples:  For design, I helped to design School Library 2.0 and Classroom Learning 2.0 and continue to help the library staff in Clovis Unified to think design and planning as they think about their school libraries.  Also, I wrote a column for the Big6 Newsletter about the 23 Things.

For symphony, my daughter, who is now a senior in high school, and I joined the San Jose Civic Light Opera and invited my parents (now 78 and 80) as well as my sister and her kids to join us – we went to the first show two weeks ago.  The show was good, but the conversation before the show was even more memorable.  And, probably the most important, is play.  I tend to get a bit overly stressed about some added job responsibilities and then add in the doctorate course studies.  So, I need to work on that one.  So, I will play at the AASL conference and enjoy the conversations!  See you there!

Oh, and in case you’re interested, I am helping to present a session entitled: Expanding Library Opportunities with Web 2.0.  It is session 1265 on Saturday at 8:30am.

A nun’s blog

I happened to catch this article from the Chicago Tribune in my local newspaper.  I then went to Sister Julie Vieira’s blog.  One of her recent posts about the beer she drinks is particularly intriguing to a lot of people.  It is nice to know that, in addition to the many educational and spirited discussions available in the blogosphere, that there is now a different spiritual aspect as well.  Keep blogging Sister Julie!

21st Century Teen Conversation with Santa Claus via IM

My daughter shared with me the Instant Messenger conversation a friend of hers posted on MySpace.  This is another humorous illustration of teenagers online.  Here is the transcript that was posted between “CoolDude” and “SantaClaus.”

SantaClaus: Welcome, what would you like for Christmas?

cooldude: what is love?

SantaClaus: Well, we don’t make soul mates here at the workshop. Part of life’s challenge is for you to find love for yourself.   Is there anything else you would like?
 Hmm, I’m not sure what that is. Why don’t you type, music, maybe that will put you in the Christmas spirit.  

cooldude: My friend Kristin would like a cloud for Christmas.
Goodness, that’s too much for me to read. I’m talking to so many children and their parents. Could you ask me something a little shorter?  I’m afraid you’ll need to give me a little more to go on than that.

cooldude: You look fat in a hat!
Excuse me?
you are fat
SantaClaus: Oh my! I prefer pleasantly plump. What does this have to do with spreading the Christmas spirit?
Christmas spirit? I’m talking about your arteries!
SantaClaus: The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of wonder, of youth, of care and of giving that binds all of us.

Social Revolution, Bloggers Dominate Online

Great article to read and share about blogging from FreePint.

And, then read the article about Wikipedia that continues to be an interest to many.

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