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TED 2008 and other conferences

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The TED conference is getting ready to kick off here shortly and as it does. I know I speak for all those that post here at U Tech Tips when I say that the videos and the thinking that comes from TED is mind numbing. As I read and prepare for TED I was reminded of this video from Sir Ken Robinson. A video that every educator should take 19 minutes out of their day to watch.

Not only is TED about ready to begin. But there are some other great conferences that are ready getting ready to start. Thanks to David Warlick’s Hitchhikr site you can now follow conferences without attending.

It’s just another way that learning and professional development is changing. I can’t afford to go to every conference I want to but I still attend conferences regularly. Watch live presentations on the web, take part in conversations via podcasts and comments on blogs and can still get the feel of a conference through those that blog and write about their own learning.

What hitchhikr does so brilliantly is bring all those conference voices together on one site, and then offers an RSS feed so that you can follow the conference through your RSS reader. One site, one conference, a hundred voices. So even though I’m sitting here in Shanghai I’m right now attending 3 conferences. So excuse me, but I have some learning to do.


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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.

1 Comment

  1. Susan Mollohan Reply

    The TED conference talks are wonderful. Thanks for the tip on following the talks in a much easier manner.

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