Raspy Voice Visits Adelaide

21 10 2007

Speaker View of Audience — originally uploaded to flickr by cogdogblog

Nobody is asleep or violently ill, whew!

My coughing tour of Australia crosses off stop 5 in Adelaide, a very pleasant audience here at the Art Gallery of South Australia (another beautiful place I wish I got to see).

This group got the now fairly polished version of Being There, though I found myself ad libbing, adding to each one. I got the usual nice comments of people enjoying it, being overwhelmed by it, and running out to start twittering. I had my recorder going to have another audio version. This one really does work best in a 75 -90 minute window, will have to chop and dice for Darwin.

After a break was the first time out for Virtual Worlds: Promise and Perils where I dropped the Powerpoint in lieu of tabbing through firefox tabs (mostly local copies of images). I showed a fair number of videos (jumping over to quicktime player to play in full screen mode). I had bit too much and had to bypass the last 4 or 5 videos. Early on, for Levine’s Start with the &#^# Demo Rule, I jumped live into Second Life where Ed Lamoreaux had agreed to meet in the NMC Campus Board room to talk (voice chat) about his class. The audio is very effective to new SL-ers– very. I was tempted to show a lot more,but was conscious of not making this a Second Life song and dance.

So my stuff flew across a bit of World of Warcraft (machinima examples), even CityPixel a simple 2.5D world, a bit of Croquet, Qwaq, Wonderland. And I wanted at the end to get to a live demo of running OpenSim from my laptop – quite a trifecta of running it in MacOSX in Windows XP via Parallels.

I’ve got enough material, just need to tighten the edges a bit. The live bits and the video are most valuable.

And what a lovely lunch they had out on the patio, thanks. The folks who set this up were great, and like every place so far the technology support and technology itself was flawless.

My gate is calling, here we go to the nether regions of Perth

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14 responses

22 10 2007
Mike Kokkinn


The song seems appropriate with regard to your message.
Thanks for an inspiring morning.
Hope you feel better soon.
Regards,
Mike Kokkinn

22 10 2007
Aron Hausler

Excellent presentation Alan…you did great and the voice held out too !!!

I found an article with some advertising $$$ figures for virtual worlds…big growth and business…

http://www.emarketer.com/Articles/Print.aspx?id=1005516

22 10 2007
Marlene Manto

Thoroughly enjoyed your visit to Adelaide, and its such a pity that you couldn’t stay longer. Come back sometime….and this time in peak health so we can whiz you around to see all the sights and entertainment! 🙂 Good luck in Perth and I hope you feel better soon.
Marlene

22 10 2007
sheila

Inspiring is the word Alan, thanks so much for your presentation. Hope you feel better soon…
Sheila

22 10 2007
Kristen Morgan

Thanks for the presentation… while still highly dubious about Twitter I have signed up for an account – you tricked me into it by saying you got lots of relevant resources, etc via twitter.

I’ll have a bit of a play and give it a chance… I do tend to share resources I receive and get a number back in return by a number of other means – msn, email, skype, linkedin, facebook, etc so am interested to see if Twitter adds value.

22 10 2007
lucychili

Valiant effort with a very sore throat.
Interesting material and balanced perspectives.
Much appreciated.
Janet

23 10 2007
Vonnie

Thanks, Alan for your inspirational visit to SouthOz. You connected so well with your audience and, yes, you’ve convinced me to move up the Twitter Life Cycle at last! Hope your voice holds out for the rest of the tour.
Vonnie

23 10 2007
Allison Miller

Thanks for the ‘beautifully’ presented sessions on how to stay in touch in a rapidly changing e-nvironment – and on a range of virtual worlds. Still haven’t twittered yet – but it’s high on the ‘things to do’ list 😉

23 10 2007
Kim Edgar

Hi Alan

I thought your workshop was great and sent the following summary to our staff, I hope I have done you justice. :o)

The workshop was broken into two sessions: Being There and Promise & Perils of Virtual Worlds.

Personally, I found Alan to be an engaging presenter and reinforced recent experiences and conversations I have been involved in – around connections rather than content. Much of the content I had already experienced and/or currently use, but Alan’s analogies and demonstrated applications of the content were very interesting. *please note the text in quotes below are not exact quotes.

Being There
The title comes from the Peter Sellers movie “Being there”, the analogies focused around the main character Chance Gardner and the different reactions that people had in relation to the character, for me this highlighted the different reactions people have to new tools and services. We need to ‘be there’ experiencing the tools and services. “The interent is HUGE, we can choose to be overwhelmed or we can look upon it with wonder”. It also reminded me of one of the key points from a key note I heard at eDayz 2006, Bruce Sullivan encouraged us to “approach each day with the enthusiasm of a four year old”. Alan also incorporated the theme truth and trust and how that is changing – wisdom of the crowd (network) rather than the traditional expert. We heard a snipit from George Semens – Connectivism and the power of networks. Alan’s presentation include a lot of multimedia, which was interesting and thought provoking. The presentation from the session is available at the first link below – although it is missing his presence and enthusiasm for the topic.

Promise & Perils of Virtual Worlds
This session focussed on Virtual Worlds, Alan took us on a tour of Second Life, a brief foray into WoW, examples of Machinima. Rather than using a Presentation, Alan used his web browser to demonstrate his points about using a virtual world in education. We were introduced to one of Alan’s colleagues who teaches an entire course through Second Life. It was an interesting case study to look at the uses of a virtual environment as the main teaching and learning tool. In this particular case, it was a prerequisite of the course to have access to appropriate technology and because of the discipline (I can’t remember but something to do with creating multi-media and/or virtual products) this expectation was appropriate. The things that stood out for me from Alan’s examples, videos and stories were: the technology is available what we do with it is up to us (“we don’t blame the TV for the rubbish that is shown on it”) and one of my favourites – as teaching and learning practitioners we don’t have to do everything, just adopting a few things which are useful to us and help to engage our audience is enhancing both our own experiences and the experience of our audience.

Links
http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/Being+There
http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/Virtual+Worlds

23 10 2007
John Nebauer

Absolutely wonderful stuff Alan. I hope your throat improves soon. What I really liked was that, despite all the wonderful stuff that you were showing us, the thing that threaded it together was the notion that people crave social interaction and recognition. Its not necessarily the gadgets and widgets in and of themselves that are important, its the people using them.

cheers,
John

25 10 2007
Marina Borrello

Hi, don’t want to bore with the ‘your presentation was great’, (it was) but want to say that it is high time that education stops playing ‘second best’ to industries such as leisure, defence and business, when relating to digital technologies. Why, the PC, the laptop, and even the whiteboard were all developed for use in the ‘business’ world.
When we look at the challenges that are posed to our understanding of what ‘place and space’ education may occupy, and what developments have already been made, the issues raised are broader than those raised by the needs of future employers and the business world. We cannot leave discussions of the future role of technology in education only to the technology industry, or indeed only to educators.!!!
We need to develop mechanisms for open debate on the nature and purpose of education in the digital age, we need to confront the fact that longstanding assumptions about what education is for, who conducts it and how it is assessed, may need to be challenged. This challenge will need to take place with families, children, business, technologists and scientists all making their case for how education may need to change to meet the need social, environmental, spiritual and human needs of the future.

25 10 2007
Alan

Thank you Marina- If I understand what you are saying is that education itself is such an important thing in society, culture, that the desire to have an educated citizenry be the tail that wags the dog. Or that we need to be making these changes for the betterment of society, not just to train the best widget makers??

It’s big, bigger than me for sure, but it sounds like a call to educators to be vocal?? Can that happen? Can you have a stake in your future? Why, why not?

I would contend your assertion that the “PC was developed for the business world.” I just finished reading “iWoz”, Stephen Wozniak’s own story of his invention of the first Apple Computer, and a business machine was not in his mind or plans at all. It was a computer for people first (and in my mind still is, I am an unabashed Apple bigot 😉

25 10 2007
Marina Borrello

Hey Alan, thanks for your response. I agree that it is really big, and who knows where it might lead us all!!!! The call to be vocal and innovative is on for all!!!!! How exciting!!!!!
Marina

3 11 2007
Allison Miller

Hi Alan
I’ve ‘found’ twitter’ and now i’m partially addicted. I’ve always been a ‘wanna-be’ blogger and I think I’ve found me blogging niche. Long live twitter. allison

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