So thanks to Tim Wilson’s deepening interest in podcasting and his gentle prodding earlier this week, last night he got Tim Lauer, Steve Burt and me together on a Skype conference call and we did a 45-minute roundtable about Web 2.0 in schools a la the Gillmor Gang. And I have to say, that despite some issues with microphone levels and some pops and whirrs on occasion, it came out pretty darn good. About two seconds before we started recording, we lit on the “Coast to Coast” theme since Steve and Tim L. were in Oregon and I’m out here in Jersey. (The other Tim is in “flyover land” in Minn.) Tim W. lives up to his name as the Savvy Technologist with his smooth as silk intro music and voice over, and despite Steve calling me dead “wrong” at one point, what transpired was a fairly spirited and somewhat coherent discussion about the state of education in this new world.
As often happens, some disparate ideas came together while we were talking. The most interesting, to me at least, is the segment on providing online information to draw parents into a more active relationship with schools. I’m not going to give away the details, but the upshot was that there seemed to be a difference in whether to entice parents with access to grades and absence reports or access to content. You can probably guess what camp I fell into.
Anyway, the more meta reflection is about the podcast itself. I was really impressed by how well Skype seemed to work off my wireless connection at home. I didn’t realize how loud my mic was until I listened to the end result…we’ll have to work on that. But I guess I just really liked being able to talk about these issues with three smart, ed tech leaders out there who I’ve gotten to know fairly well over the last few years. Now the big question is whether or not potential listeners will find anything interesting in what we had to say. Please let me know what you think as we’re talking about trying to make this a regular event.
Download: STP-ETC2C (18.6 MB, 40:28)