This fascinates me….

Tonight I watched/listened to two different online professional development events. From my kitchen table. One was a live audio interview, and the second, a video (not live, but I picked it up after I got home tonight). I couldn’t figure out how to get to the archives of the third event online. It’s probably a good thing, since my head is full of ideas, and I am trying to figure out how to find the time to use any or all of this with the kids.
Will Richardson shows us how the video works here. allows the user to have his/her own tv show, live, with added effects. And, yeah, it’s hard to get our heads around watching, chatting, thinking, and blogging, all at the same time. But I can’t wait to try it.

Ready to Travel?

Any FA teachers want to go to Philadelphia with me? This promises to be an enriching, exciting weekend.

Educon 2.0 — January 25-27, 2008, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA

EduCon 2.0 is both a conversation and a conference.

And it is not
a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is a School
2.0 conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we
want to come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the
future of schools. We are looking for people to present ideas,
facilitate conversations, and share best practice.


The Axioms / Guiding Principles of EduCon 2.0:

1) Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members.
2) Our schools must be about co-creating — together with our students — the 21st Century Citizen
3) Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.
4) Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
5) Learning can — and must — be networked.

A Night in Chicago

I’ve been trying to work on streaming video for our teachers. All I’ve managed to do so far is bring down the network for three hours (long story).
When I noticed on Twitter that Will Richardson was going to be live streaming on with David Jakes and Steve Dembo from Chicago, I decided to log in. I had tried earlier on one of Will’s first attempts, and couldn’t get the chat to enable. Last night, I logged in early and waited.
As I was washing dishes and folding clothes, I suddenly heard voices coming from my computer: "Live from Chicago!" or something like that…..hey, I was in. Will turned to the chat and noticed my "Hey."
"There’s scmorgan, whoever that is," he said. Me! Yeah, pretty cool.
But. And this was a big but for me. I quickly became frustrated. I loved listening to the guys discuss digital books and the future of books in general. At the same time, though, the folks in the chat were discussing 1:1 laptops, and I wanted to keep up with that conversation, too. Plus, by the time 25 people or so were in the chat mode, some long-time friends just saying hello and giving each other a hard time, I found it too difficult to participate. Oh, I could sit back and watch it all happening, but I couldn’t engage on any real level.
That’s not to say this was a failure. Wow, it’s exciting. And getting to see these folks live and "in person" was very cool. As this technology progresses and we all figure out ways to use it, I’m betting on lots of great sessions for our students, too.