Open Space Meetings

One of the great comments on my BCEdOnline2006 Unkeynote Debriefing included a link to a wiki page by Chris Corrigan on Open Space Technology - a set of ideas, practices and guidelines for conducting "open space" meetings. Very cool stuff, and it resonated quite well with what we got to do as part of Northern Voice 2006 - specifically the Social Software Salon and the Edublogger Hootenanny. I finally had a chance to go through the linked wiki page, and it's chock full of goodness....

April 25, 2006 · 2 min

BCEdOnline UnKeynote Debriefing

I'm sitting in the airport in Vancouver (and later on the plane coming home) and wanted to capture some of the thoughts I have about how the keynote went. I'm absolutely exhausted, so I'm not sure how coherent this is going to be, but it's important to get this down before it's glossed over and starts to fade away. Some context - this was my first keynote as presenter (well, co-presenter), so I was a bit intimidated by that....

April 20, 2006 · 7 min

Free PHP Ajax Chat Server

I'm sitting in the hotel lobby with Brian and Stephen, putting some thought into wtf we're going to try during our keynote. One idea Stephen had was to have an open web-based chat room, so attendees (physical or virtual) could ask questions, make comments, etc... without the intimidation of grabbing the microphone. After a quick Google, and a few false starts, I found a link to Lace - it's a simple PHP + "...

April 20, 2006 · 1 min

BCEdOnline 2006 Thursday Keynote Topics

Stephen Downes is hosting a keynote at BCEdOnline 2006 (Thursday April 20, 2:45-3:45pm) and was gracious enough to invite Brian and myself to take a ride on his coattails to join him on stage for the keynote. I'm going to fly into Vancouver just for the day (and will try to be as awake as possible during the keynote). We're planning to do something rather less conventional. Not quite an "...

April 17, 2006 · 2 min