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Inside a Virtual Meeting

I post regularly at Oh!VirtualLearning! about news and events relating to virtual worlds for learning and teaching, and as I talk with friends and colleagues (and sometimes complete strangers) about this avocational interest I often mention last year's PBS Frontline episode called "Digital Nation."
Periodically, I present about the topic to interested educators. One of the things I invariably mention is the segment in the program where the narrator, co-producer Douglas Rushkoff, wanders through the empty halls of IBM's physical office building, his footsteps echoing not because no one is "at work," but rather because everyone is working from their home offices, their dinner tables, or their hotel rooms--meeting in virtual worlds rather than in the physical one.
How does a virtual meeting go? I've taken gigabytes of video snippets to help share that with others, but perhaps if you'll take 86 seconds to view this video, the work of professional film d…
Having discovered this by means of a circuitous route (wave twitter, weblogged-ed, .pdf) I want to toss it out as if not required reading at least highly suggested reading.
Charles Leadbeater and Annika Wong have produced a seminal treatment of educational innovation whose citations and stats should inform any discussion which centers around the future of education. Breaking the options down to only four types, it's holding up quite nicely and inspiring me to think even more radically than I have done in the past.
It's a Cisco white paper called "Learning from the Extremes," and you can read the entire 40 page .pdf at
Time crunched? Want the Cliffnotes version? Will Richardson does a typically great job for you at
but like Will, I highly encourage you to go to the source for its case studies and descriptions of disruptive innovations that like…

Howie DiBlasi Elected to the ISTE Board of Directors!

Congratulations, Howie! May you serve well and have fun doing it!
Sincerely, Scott

2010/4/13 Dr. Howie DiBlasi Call from Helen Pagdett-ISTE President-Congratulations Dr. Howie DiBlasi on election to the ISTE Board.
I am stunned and in SHOCK...
I will do my best to serve all of you that have supported me...
Tks to all of you for your support.

Prairie Home Companion at the Ryman!

We had a wonderful weekend I call our "Bro'deo" after a Kyle Gass and Train Wreck song by the same name. A guys' weekend of camaraderie, brotherhood, and beer. There were many high points (no pun intended), including hearing nephew Bryce's band FTFO (name unmentionable here) at Springwater Thursday night, taking in the Travelin' McCouries at Station Inn Friday, and honkytonking at Roberts, Legends, and up and down Lower Broad all weekend, and the 500+ photos from the invigorating but exhausting pics are up at Flickr for everyone to view; but the high point has to be the live Prairie Home Companion at the Ryman! Hey, I have an idea: I'll embed the show here, and you can fire it up while you watch a complete slideshow of the weekend here too! Snuggle up, grab a beverage, and enjoy. WARNING, SHIRTLESS MALE ROCKERS FROM THE SPRINGWATER AND A FEW TASTELESS SINGLE FINGERED HAND GESTURES FROM OVERENTHUSIASTIC LEONARDS!

Link to more information about the Down i…