ubtext" as well: to also help show administrators the value of Web 2.0 and social media by giving them some direct experience with benefits in a very practical area.
EdStimulus.org has the following components:
1. A Twitter feed for announcements (especially of events).
2. A public calendar of any events I see, both free and paid, around the educational stimulus package (taken from a Google calendar and updated automatically).
3. A way for anyone to apply to hold their own Elluminate sessions (for free) on this topic. I can do this because of my work for Elluminate, and their interest in having the Elluminate platform make a difference (and be visible) in this larger discussion. Will people find a use for this? Are there folks who will be interested in hold a free webinars/discussions on using the stimulus funds wisely?
4. A prototype discussion forum. I really need help understanding this--which is: what kind of discussions are decision-makers going to want to have, and will they want the confidentiality of a private network in order to feel free to talk about this topic?
5. A links page to other resources (that draws, if anyone is interested, from my Diigo social bookmarking account).
6. A news page with a feed from Google News based on the phrase "educational stimulus."
7. An archive page for links to recordings of past events.
I'm a little fascinated by the ability that our current social media landscape gives me to relatively easily create and update a resource site like this around a specific topic. But I don't think the site will make much of a difference if I don't get some help in refining the idea and growing it beyond my initial brainstorm.
Here's where I think I could use some help:
1. Are there features that could be included in the site that I haven't thought of? (For instance, since a portion of the funds will be given out based on grant applications, would it help to have a blog specifically on that topic as a part of the site?)
2. If the site is truly useful, how do we get the word out to administrators and decision-makers?
3. Is there anyone dying to help with this? I'm figuring it would help to have some others who can track events, bookmark resources, give information webinars, and facilitate panel discussions or group meetings.
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ation Name: EDUlounge (Our Google+ Community that grew from our work)
Co-Presenter Name(s): Jeff See, Lisa Dabbs, Kaye Henrickson
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Educators interested in building communities
Short Session Description (one line): Setting up a chats on mobile apps and using those chats to build a powerful community that mentors teachers and inspires collaboration.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like): This session will quickly show how to set up Chats on the mobile apps. We will discuss community building using these mobile apps, and in addition, we will focus discussion on what Voxer brings that other social media do not. We will demonstrate how using these tools allows users to build and grow a worldwide community, allowing for breakout groups based on interests.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
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Cybraryman's Twitter page: http://cybraryman.com/twitter.html
Teacher Voxline Diigo Group: https://groups.diigo.com/group/voxer_bookmarks (where we share valuable links and resources with one another)
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e fishing in the wrong pond or with the wrong bait? Don't mean to be out of line... ;-)
What I'm wondering is how others react to using such highly-interactive, highly-intensive forms of communication. Is it just natural to you? If so, how'd you learn it? Is it relaxing, entertaining--or something quite else? Does it get you all stirred up and (like me) unable to get to sleep afterwards?
It'd be fun to trade analogies. What's an Elluminate session like? Is it like going into a giant house party where there's a main speaker in a main room with a video screen and amplified sound, and then mini-conversations going on all over the place, in the main room and off on the side rooms... Is it like having a main speaker in the main room and only one other conversation going on: audience chatter? How is it that the whole audience can hear each other--all the time...
It'd also be fun to think of the mindsets, or habits of mind, or experiences, or abilities that facilitate learning in this format. Do you have to be a good reader, a good listener, and good link-follower and bookmarker, a good conversationalist, a nice party host? (Seems to me that everyone who participates might best have a "host" perspective, a moderator's perspective, but I could be way off there.)
Ok, I'll stop my chatter. How about you add some of yours? Or am I way off trying to talk about stuff like this?…