WE HAVE A BIG #ictedu Conference on 10 May 2014 that leverages Harrison Owen's four rules for conferences with the important Law of Two Feet. "The Law of Two Feet states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable."
As Lance Knobel explained ten years ago on Davos Newbies, "The logic behind this is more than procedural. Think what establishing a typical conference panel involves. However open the organisers, the panelists and the participants, by making the choices of subject, framing the question, choosing the panelists, you've already predetermined much of the argument (which for a polemical organisation may be a good thing). You may want your participants to make an intellectual journey from A to Z, but you're starting them on K. Why not let everyone start at A?" If you have a credible moderator for each conference session, you're set up for a much more productive occasion.
ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, I WATCHED the story of Sergeant Bill Guarnere from airborne training through V-E Day. His character formed part of the Emmy-winning "Band of Brothers".
Bill Guarnere died in his hometown of Philadelphia more than 60 years after he and his fellow non-commissioned officers gave up their stripes in support of Lancaster County native Lieutenent Dick Winters. The rebellious attitude of Bill Guarnere pulsated through the entire Band of Brothers mini-series. Wild Bill was possibly the most famous paratrooper of Easy Company.
DURING A DAY-LONG Irish Technology Leadership Group event in the Shannon Airport, members of the Youth Media Team worked the crowd and recorded nearly 90 minutes of interviews. They're bundled into a playlist by Audioboo.fm that you can see at http://bit.ly/youngitlg-audio.
[The Youth Media Team is supervised by the staff of the Limerick Institute of Technology.]
Photo by @topgold in Shannon Airport.
ALONG WITH 15 third level students and three members of our Youth Media Team, I'm in the Shannon Airport departure area watching and listening to young entrepreneurs today as part of the Irish Technology Leadership Group Challenge Competition.
This is an inaugural event that encourages young people to innovate for the world that they see several decades from now. I hope our third level creative multimedia students can capture first hand impressions from the younger students and share concepts about how we will live, learn, shop, play, travel and work in the middle part of the 21st century. I've a view of my own, formed around the venue of Shannon Airport itself.
Thirty years ago, the voice of Shannon Radio gave me comfort as I crossed the Atlantic Ocean in several directions. On the first 50 crossings, I had no Global Positioning System and we relied on navigators to shoot the stars as we maintained our tracks. Today, those GPS displays are on glass in cockpits--something I never thoughts would carve out space in the front of an aircraft.
And all the big map cases I would carry are gone as well, replaced by glass slabs light enough to hold in the palm of your hand. I would never have imagined that scenario. I wonder what a young teen would forecast in the aircraft of the future.
AN IMPORTANT CREATIVE EVENT happens in Dublin on Friday, January 17, 2014. It will help content developers improve their work.
"Maximising Digital Creativity, Sharing and Innovation" is a three-hour series of talks arranged by Creative Commons Ireland and Faculty of Law, University College Cork Lecture Theatre. The talks happen in the National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2, starting at 9:45 A.M. and finishing by 1:30 P.M.
Photo by @topgold in the middle of Cashel on Christmas night.
I REMEMBER CHRISTMAS for different reasons and in 2013 it was a year of the milk walk and talk. We ran out of milk on Christmas night with a house full of 10 people so I walked three miles to get two litres at a motorway pit stop--but that isn't memorable.
Because I was on the streets after 9pm, I got to see and hear a side of rural life that I never noticed before. The streets and paths were cleaner than on any weekend. The noise level totally subdued--not a single boy racer was orbiting the town because all pubs and clubs were closed. In fact, our local McDonalds was taking drive-through orders only. And I saw a few other things.
CHRISTMAS 2013 turned into a powerful audio affair--but looking back, Christmas Day has always been better with special sounds.
This year started with Christmas greetings from Oregon arriving in a three-minute audio clip published by extended family using Audioboo, a free social service. The day's music included a lot of seasonal tracks, some I've shared during December Audioboo moments throughout the month. I sent a three-minute Skype video to Arizona, using my phone to record the decorations around the house. And best of all, I was able to reach my 80-something mom on her cell phone and her hearing aid boosted my wind-swept voice to clear levels.
Photo of Moleskines by @topgold.
WITH THE 2014 CESI Conference firmly pressed into all of my calendars, I am hopeful that our Wundering Moleskine project will have taken hold by late February so I have something to demonstrate.
We plan to launch a set of Moleskine journals on worldwide journeys, letting them record a growing narrative both in the journals and online. Behind the scene, a team of #ictedu advocates will watch the narrative through multimedia storytelling tools and PHP code.
The pages of each Moleskine need to be cross-referenced with handheld recordings. I also expect to use little nudges behind the scenes because these kinds of community projects can easily derail.
If you want to participate, please leave @topgold a comment on the InsideView.ie blog. Otherwise, you might enjoy watching the #wundering artifacts percolate into your Twitterstream or appear as Instagram photos.
And if you're planning to attend CESI to watch the back story in my workshop, bring a fully charged smartphone and a vivid imagination so you too can sketch a few thoughts. When the CESI workshop concludes, several special digital artifacts will enter the flow and display on big screens in the May "Global Voices" conference at LIT-Thurles.
I READ ALL the blog papers submitted to Congregation 13 and then let Wordle crank out a summary of the 25 most commonly used phrases. But I deleted "social media" from the results because the event was all about social media.