I just got done being an active participant in Wes Fryerâ€™s presentation at the Mid-America Technology Institute â€“ 2006 in Kansas â€¦ and I never left my family room in Reno, Nevada. I responded to Wesâ€™s questions, role-played with an attendee of his presentation (she was a principal questioning the noise level in my classroom while my students participated in a â€œmessyâ€ project and I had to respond to her concerns). I was part of his presentation for maybe 10 minutes – then I ate breakfast and read the paper.
There is so much that is powerful about this experience, but Iâ€™m going to focus on one aspect of it here. IT WAS EASY! Wes contacted me via email last evening asking me to talk about â€œmessyâ€ learning and assessment during his presentation using iChat. We would be able to hear and see each other. Great! One problem â€“ Iâ€™ve never used iChat before. I know the software comes on my Mac computer, Iâ€™ve just never had an opportunity to use it. So I wondered if Wes would really want to chance his presentation during my learning curve with iChat. So I opened an iChat account (free â€“ took 3 â€“ 5 minutes), hooked up a digital video camera to my computer with a Firewire cable, typed in Wesâ€™s address in iChat and found out he just happened to be on â€“ so we had a 20 minute conversation about what my part of his presentation might look like. At the specified time this morning I logged in and we were on.
Knowing Wes he will probably post about this and may even offer a podcast of his session. Way cool! Thanks Wes!
I can’t wait until Skype adds video conferencing – imagine being able to do what we did this morning with up to 99 different locations at once!
Learning is messy!