Friday, April 24, 2009

NCDLA - Virtual Conference

Finally stopped for one hour today to listen, watch, & interact in a virtual conference instead of attending in person. Really good experience. We used elluminate; it worked very well. Heard keynote speaker Marci Powell, past president of USDLA and Polycom Global Director for Higher Education. Her topic: Connect, Collaborate, Create. She mentioned a couple of books I want to read, one is Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody, and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. She spoke of web 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 (artificial intelligence). She shared about Abileen Christian Univeristy in Texas; they issue iPhones to all incoming freshmen who use them for traditional, online, & blended classes. The phones give the directions to the buildings on campus and interact with the students and profs in several ways. Also shown was Duke University's Telepresence and the Fuqua Global Conference System. Really cool stuff! I didn't realize that Polycom was working/supporting CAPspace, a fantastic source (database) for finding partners for projects that are classroom to classroom via videoconference. She spoke of the "3 R's plus Applied Skills" -- communication, problem solving, and team work/collaboration. This lead to the quote that I just love, "We must prepare students for their future and not our past." (David Thornberg)

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