Online community-building in education is marked by a series of rewarding challenges to be overcome–getting educators connected, sustaining the connections and, finally, reaching the ultimate goal: collaboration that moves the field forward. Some groups are good at getting educators connected, others at getting them to stay together and collaborate, the groups that can do all three appear to be magic, and they are, but theirs is a magic that can be learned and reproduced. Join us–and a prestigious cast of panelists (including Tom Carroll, Marc Prensky, Kecia Ray, Connie Yowell, and Yong Zhao)–for a wide-ranging highly interactive discussion covering everything from basic tips and tricks to the future of online connection/collaborative forms, as we kick off this key CEM theme.
October 1, 2013, 5:00-6:30 PM ET
Here’s a link to the archives of this terrific discussion–in Blackboard native format, in audio only (in case you want to listen in your car, at the gym or while otherwise multi-tasking), and video. Note that due to congestion issues, the video is taking time to convert–the provider is working diligently on this–and it should show as fully converted soon. In the meantime, we think you’ll find the Blackboard native format easy to use (once you download and open the small player playback file, you may have to push the ‘play’ arrow on the bottom of the playback screen to get it started, but other that it should be straightforward). Any questions or problems–please write us!
Share With Less-Connected Colleagues
Last year, many educators told us these kick-off sessions were very effective vehicles in persuading less-connected colleagues to get more involved and engaged. It’s not hard to see why. The panelists are both top-of-the-field brilliant and down-to-earth practical (most are either currently practitioners or have many years of experience on the front lines), the sessions are very interactive and participatory, and they’re in format that’s familiar to everyone (who in education has never watched a panel discussion?).
Of course you want your friends to do more than watch–you want them to take action. So consider combining these recordings with CEM’s Getting Started page, which will give your fellow educators a lot of simple things they can do to follow up when these fantastic discussions inspire them.
The platform used for the event will be Blackboard Collaborate, an online platform widely used in education that combines video, audio, chat, presentation, and other capabilities. It supports participation from any computer using Window, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
To check that your computer is ready for Blackboard Collaborate, please click here. “Step 1″ will indicate if you have a version of Java that is compatible, and then “Step 2″ lets you actually go into a test session. We encourage you to do this in advance of the event. If you have any difficulties, you can check the Collaborate Help FAQ and then ask for help in the WeCollaborate.com user community.