Saturday, November 14, 2009

Presentation Notes & Resources

Thursday's presentation for the QAIS Rethink , Refresh IT conference was proof of Murphy's law, especially as it applies to tech. Everything that could have gone wrong did. My own laptop seemed to be in the throws of an existential crisis and of course it waited for Wednesday afternoon (presentation was Thursday!) to show symptoms of its impending implosion. The borrowed laptop (thanks Mr. H) kept on crashing in the middle of the Prezi presentation as I practiced the night before. I fixed that. The next day at the conference, the laptop and the LCD projector decided to boycott my presentation and one another. I couldn't get an image! Just as I was ready to present cold and sing the praises of teaching with wikis using only the narrative and stand up comedic techniques, a kind man graciously offered me the use of his tiny weeny netbook. Houston, we have connection! Finally, I was up and running. That close call was a good reminder of the importance of plan B and C.

The presentation notes were also subjected to Murphy's law. They mysteriously disappeared and consequently I could only verbally refer to what I offer now.

1. The fabulous picture of a candle burning itself at both ends is the work of Terry Border. The picture is called "Busy, Busy, Busy" and you can find more great pictures at The Secret Life of Everyday Things.

2. I spoke both about Karl Fisch's blog and his viral video "Did You Know - Shift Happens". He is one of the blogger I read regularly and responsible for connecting my English class with another class in Colorado. We are going to share our essays and help make This I Believe go global. My students are very excited about this.

3. The TED talks have become a staple in my own learning and I referred to the following visionaries: Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Clay Shirky (I'm reading his latest book, Here Comes Everybody), Kevin Kelly (who asks the question, "What does technology want?" and Ray Kurzweil (his book The Singularity is Near is next in my reading pile).

4. I also referred to Don Tapscott's book Grown Up Digital. You can watch him on TVO's Big Ideas lecture series (another staple in my iPod).

5. In the prezi presentation, there is a screencast of Tim Fahlberg's Math247 wiki that you can find here.

6. Of all the blogs I read, here are two I would not do without: TeachPaperless (he irreverent, provocative and really, really smart) and Dangerously Irrelevant.

And last but far from least,

7. PBWorks is my wiki engine of choice. There are many other, such as Wetpaint and Wikispaces. Last summer I took an online course with PBWorks and connected with an international group of educators using wikis. That was my first, but not the last, experience with an online course. The bonus was a premium wiki upon successful completion of the course. I recommend it highly and suggest you look for it in July of 2010. You'll be able to find it (Summer Camp) on their site.

Click here for the link to the public wiki that holds my prezi presentation and other goodies.

I've embedded the prezi presentation below.

Good luck with the wikis!

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