Shanhai LAN Party conversation

Here are the two videos that Jonathan Chambers put together from the K12online LAN party in Shanghai today. As we were wrapping up, Jonathan asked everyone to turn on their iCam and just let it record. Before everyone left Jonathan gathered the video and created these great YouTubes that get to the heart of what we discussed today. Part 1 Part...

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New Schools

I have to say, I was feeling a little bummed out that Shanghai was holding it’s LAN parties and I wasn’t going to be a part of them. My school here in Bangkok is on break for the week, so with everyone on vacation, it just wasn’t happening here this year. Of course little did I remember that in today’s world, there is always a way to connect. Last Thursday, and again today, I had the pleasure of being invited to the LAN parties via Skype. Of course that wasn’t enough for me, I had to take it one step further and try and Ustream the event (yes, I feel a need to share all). Wrap your head around this: A LAN (Local Area Network: Both a computer term and a term that has been coined as the network you create around you with people that are local to your school/community) party that is hosted in Shanghai, is streamed to Bangkok where it is broadcasts around the world. We know the internet connection in and out of Shanghai has a hard time supporting Ustream, but it does support Skype really well. We Skype out to Bangkok, where I can then broadcast to the world. Are you following this? Is it just me or is it even crazy to think that something like this can happen with a guy sitting in his home office in Bankok creating the connection. We’re talking free software and a Mac Book…that’s it. Here is the video (not sure if the sound works…we had issues). At the end of today we went around and talked about what we were thinking at this point. Here were my take aways after today’s discussion. Learning happens through connections We learn when we connect ideas, people, thoughts. This isn’t new, but the more I’m in a connected world the more I realize that it’s through connections that learning occurs. Is it just me? Or should we not be teaching students how to connect information to create new knoweldge. Niche Knowledge Today’s world is about niche markets. Knowledge is fast become a niche market. You know something, I know something, together we know more. I don’t need to know it all I just need to know where to go to find the knowledge I don’t know and then learn that knowledge and apply it to my own understanding. We all...

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K12online and Shanghai LAN Parties

The K12online Conference kicks off today with a Pre-Conference Keynote from David Warlick. I haven’t watched it yet but plan to later today as I make final adjustments to our K12online Shanghai LAN Parties. This year we even have our own wiki site and once again have planned four 3 hour sessions where we will bring the conference local. Our resident digital artist David Gran even remixed the k12online logo to give it a little Shanghai flare for the parties. I like calling these LAN parties which stands for Local Area Network as we have teachers from 4 different schools in the Shanghai area getting together learning and forming those networks of learning we have all be talking about. Our first K12online Shanghai LAN Party is October 16th. So if you are in the Shanghai area and want to join please sign up on the wiki and we’ll see you at the party! I finished up my presentation yesterday on Sustaining Blogging in the Classroom. Not my best presentation by far. Throughout the presentation you can tell that I too am struggling with how to sustain blogs past that “Cool” factor in our classrooms. Not sure if anything I spew for 20 minutes is worth anything…guess only comments will tell. 🙂 But I also think it is good to show that these answers are not easy as we all in the Ed Tech network try and figure out how these new tools can be embeded into our classrooms as just everyday happenings instead of technology add-ons. [tags]k12online[/tags] Technorati Tags: k12online, k12onlinepc,...

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My final thoughts on the K12online conferece

It’s been two days now since this conference has ended. I’ve been using this time to reflect on the conference. The things that I feel went well and the things I think can be improved on for next year. First let me state, that I had nothing to do with the conference. My only contributions to the conference was allowing participants, if they wanted, to ‘attend’ the conference and earn 3 graduate credits through Plymouth State (more on this later). I did also, at the request of Sheryl help to create the little table of plug-ins that one might need to view the conference. Overall, I would have to give the conference a 4 out of 5 starts. Why? Because there is always room for improvement. I consider this a pretty good score. After all I would have given NECC last July a 2 1/2 (But the edblogger met up got a 5). So for a first time conference I think it went amazingly well. The one thing that really made me go wow, was the amount of people that got involved with this conference everyone from the support people in the tappedin room to those who helped Wes, Darren and Sheryl organize everything. The execution of the conference, I think, was spot on. Recommendations for next year: 1. I’m not sure how to do this, but I think it might be better if you could release a whole strand at one time. It became confusing going back and forth between two strands. For example the “Week In The Classroom” Strand and “Basic/Advanced Training” strand overlapping each other with blog posts. The categories helped some, but I think releasing a whole strand at a time really allows people the option to pick and choose what they want to view in that strand. Maybe release strand A on Monday and strand B on Thursday. Giving participants a couple of days to go through the presentations and even interact with them without the others getting in the way. I think the best option would be to have one strand a week, but four weeks might be two long of a time period? That’s hard to say seeing this could be archived forever. What’s to long in a digital world? 2. Agree on a common format for the presentations. I have to admit I didn’t think about this as I was creating...

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k12online Shanghai LAN party podcast #7

Our final LAN party podcast…kind of sad really. We discuss the conference in general, the LAN parties, and touch on Anne Davis’s keynote of Overcoming Obstacles. It was a great Saturday morning, taking part in a 2 hour Skype conversation as part of the When Night Falls Skypecast and learning and watching the presentations in the Overcoming Obstacles strand. Enjoy! Technorati Tags: k12online,...

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