While I have been here at BLC, I have watched the evolution of the über-blogger. This term refers to those bloggers who are no longer satisfied with merely taking notes for a later blog post, or even blogging on the fly. No, bloggers have now found each other. They have moved beyond the private experience of writing their own takes on the sessions to the social experience of back-channeling the sessions using either skype or twitter. I was invited into a skype conference with several bloggers who were either onsite (even sitting next to me) or were vicariously experiencing the conference through the collective notes of the attendees. David Jakes has been sharing some of these skype conference chats. I think this practice is another development that has arisen out of the Bloggers’ Café phenom of NECC 2007. To me, it is is a very valuable learning opportunity (that even our own students should be encouraged to use). We learn more through the collective experience in the moment than by writing our own thoughts, then asynchronously responding later.
More session reports:
Joyce Valenza – School Library Websites: State of the Art Information Landscapes for 21st Century Learners (audio-recorded)
Joyce is a tremendously passionate and dynamic speaker and presenter and her session included a wealth of perspective and resources. I found her paradigm of using student pathfinders (wiki-based resource pages) to organize a library webpage to be very appealing.
Her notes and resources can be found on the schoollibrarywebsites wiki.
She believes it is no longer an option for a school to not have a library website – it is a MUST for our 21st century students.
Ewan McIntosh - “We’re Adopting” – An Adoption Strategy for Social Software in Education (audio-recorded)
Five point strategy:
identify key user groups
identify and understand your key users and influencers
let key users evangelise
turn evangelists into trainers
lead by example
lead by reminding
provide adequate support
lead by mandate (never had to do this)
personal and school benefits complement each other
It’s not about the tech, it’s about the teach.