Repitition and Passion

I’m thinking of beginning all of my workshops and talks on the read/write web with this cavaet, “Don’t get too excited about any of this because the chances of any of you really making this a reality in your classroom is almost nil.” Not very optimistic but I think fairly accurate.

Brian Crosby of Learning is Messy writes,

You can’t just show most people – you have to show them and explain it to them and then answer their questions and then show it to them again and then explain it to them again and then show them how this relates to things they already do – takes the place of this and makes it even better and does this and this and this! I’m telling you they will think the vodcast was kinda cool… would be an interesting thing for their kids to do once if they had the equipment and the time and someone to show them how to do it. But they won’t get it until they experience you doing it and getting them to do it…several times … and talk about it and have them notice their students’ reaction and learning and how they talk about

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The Posse has awakened

From the Posse:

Our hiatus is over! I hope you think it was worth the wait!

This conversation featuring the full posse – Alec Couros, Rick Schwier, Dean Shareski and Rob Wall – was recorded on December 14, 2005. Just the day before we recorded, I was in a meeting for developing an Information Literacy scope and sequence for the school where I teach. The teacher librarian and I were talking about blogging, wikis, RSS, podcasting and other tools of the read-write web, along with production technologies like digital video editing. One of the teachers in the meeting asked what was the point of having students do these things in school – I was so stunned to be asked this that I didn’t have a good response, so I posed the question to the posse. A very robust conversation was the result – EdTech Posse Podcast #013. (I even took the time to change the sample rate to eliminate the dreaded chipmunk effect.)

Releasing this podcast now is very timely – it seems like much of our discussion is complementary to some of George Siemen’s reflection in his short podcast Restructuring our Structures. If you like

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The tale of two tickets

I wasn’t planning on going to any games while in Toronto but was fortunate to see a basketball and baseball game. It was the Raptors last home game and a disappointing season meant many were uninterested. We got a call at about 4:00 asking if we wanted 4 tickets. They were $199 tickets.

The next day I went to see the Bluejays and Yankees. This time I had to pay but fortunately they only cost $2. It was a choice between more shopping and watching baseball. I think I made the right choice.Read the rest

Wireless in Winnipeg

It’s Easter break for us this week and I’m currently sitting in the Winnipeg airport ready to board for my flight to Toronto. I’ll be doing a workshop later this week on the use of video and multimedia for a church there.

I always appreciate having free wireless in airports. It seems more and more airports offer this service. In fact, knowing that Winnipeg offered free wireless influenced my flight options. Flying out of Regina rarely offers a direct flight and that often means a pricier ticket. So I didn’t mind having a 2 hour lay over here in Winnipeg.

Now if I could have only avoided the 4:15am wakeup to get on the 6:00am flight… Dalton I owe you one for driving me.

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