Jim Groom gets the crowd rolicking at our ELI session on "Not your Grandpa’s Blog" eli2009.wordpress.com
This dog’s cog’s are wogged so the blogs are back logged.
The EDUCAUSE/ELI conference this week continues to demonstrate it as a prime gathering for the edtech crowd, and to be less about shiny gizmos and more about shiny ideas/practices. They do a great job of adding new features like the self tags, the interwoven “Where is Professor Bluth” ARG, and just a great atmosphere.
Among several highlights was co-presenting something “different” with colleagues Cole Camplese and Jim Groom. I joked that we “didn’t spend much time preparing” which is not quite true; all three of us have been prepping all these years; its just that we did not spend a lot of time (or any) prepping slides etc.
Our idea was to generate open discussion on the use of blog or blog-like software for something much larger than blogging, each of us with a slightly different perspective.
I liked Cole’s introduction of the Harvard Live Question Tool though we were mostly focused on the audience at hand.
An impromptu hand raise survey of the audience was in the ball park of the stats I showed from the 2008 NMC Organization survey — maybe 20& of organizations host their own blogging service or use of blog software to run campus web sites. One might say that has “crossed the chasm” yet I was noting the repeat of questions from the Live Question Tool about places where ther only option was “Blackboard” or “how do we innovate when that is all they offer”.
JIm, as usual rolled out the Reverend and advocated for the use and power of Free Open Source Social Software (namely WordPress). He was pretty sedate on Bbashing until the last question! It is always energizing to be around the Rev.
Cole too brought a powerful message of how a large organization like Penn State has implemented a blog platform service to a huge number of students, and has the numbers and data to show this is a big movement that is soundly supported. This is a giant success story.
Again, you can find all of our resources, images, etc on our…. blog powered site:
I have an audio recording as well captured from the session, so sit back, and put your hands on the radio:
For me, I was excited to find one more classic from Lynnetter’s Interesting Snippets collection:
But of course the best stuff at the conference was in between, some of it perhaps fogged by certain liquid substances, but Jim and I hoisted our flags to fight the tide of Blogger Death, and Keeping the Blogging Faith alive by… continuing to blog.
Twitter is fun, Facebook connective, but there is nothing more important to me than keeping the posts flowing.