Awesome session by Konrad this morning. We had about 50 people in the room from around the world, and it was streamed into Second Life as well. (Here is the chat.) It was just so much fun to be in a packed room of people who were into not just the tool but the pedagogy as well. Enjoy!
Nate Stearns says
Thanks Will for putting out the uStream. It’s helpful to those of us who aren’t able to be there. Is there a central location that aggregates or at least links to uStreamed presentations at NECC?
I enjoyed the presentation and thought that he had a good way of advocating the type of teacher attitude which is most helpful to blogging. What I think he elided is how do we hook our kids into these networks? What are the nitty gritty technical skills and methods that kids can find useful, engaging, safe, and relevant network of learners.
For instance, I still have a hard time figuring out how to use tags and technorati to find other bloggers who are writing about the same book that I just read. Or to use ePals or Global Classroom to troll for playmates. Does anyone have a good list of necessary skills and practices to lock students into networks?
Thank you for putting the recording of Konrad’s session online. He touched on so many of the aspirations and questions that classroom teachers have about how to incorporate the blog into their curriculum. His specifics on how to engage the students were also very helpful. There are some teachers that have a vision, but can’t seem to get to the specifics or how-to’s. This lecture was very valuable in that aspect also.
I need to watch this uStream, but this statement seams backwards, “… that classroom teachers have about how to incorporate the blog into their curriculum.”
We shouldn’t find ways to fit a blog into the curriculum … we should look at our learning goals and pick strategies/tools that meet that goal.
Ok … off to watch the uStream …
You are correct. I misstated what I was thinking. Many teachers know their curriculums very well, but have difficulty changing the tools they use to engage their students in learning. I thought that this uStream gave specific examples that many teachers could use very easily.