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#ITC10 Tweetup – 9 PM

Join me, @NancyWhite, @jimgroom and a cast of dozens of other ITC eLearning tweeters at Jake’s Hamburgers at the corner of 5th and Main in Ft. Worth.

All we  are intending to do is have a few beverages, some adult conversation (for as long as that holds out), and maybe a few impromptu short presentations/shoutouts – maybe!!

There’s probably room for 25-30 people in the upstairs section of Jake’s. If we need to change on the fly you can expect to see an update on  ……  you guessed it, Twitter.

Map from the hotel to Jake’s. View Larger Map

Windows 7 Voice Recognition

KeyboardI recently engaged in another conversation slash argument about whether it is worthwhile for seventh graders to learn keyboarding skills.  I am of the opinion that drill and kill methods for keyboarding does nothing but suck the love of computing out of our young people.  I have seen it happen with my own daughter and fear will happen with my son next fall.

So just to demonstrate the alternatives available today for strong keyboarding skills, I have narrated this post using the windows seven voice recognition tool.  I could do some minor editing to clean it up, but instead I will leave it the way it was translated as speech to text by the narrator.

Not too bad, if you ask me.

ITC10 Conference Message Board

Don’t let this happen to you. This is a picture from the ITC eLearning 2009 conference held last February in Portland. Look at those pathetic little messages posted on that great big board. Of course the twittering bird was added later.

Compare that with the over 500 messages that were posted to Twitter during the conference by 20-30 different tweeters. This year will likely produce an even bigger difference between old messaging and new messaging. I expect the Twitter activity to be much stronger this year and I wonder whether there is even a need for the bulletin board and push pins.

ITC eLearning 2010 is being held in Ft. Worth starting Saturday Feb. 20 and ending Tuesday, except for those attending the post-conference workshop on eLearning Quality.

Twitter Tag: #ITC10

Please tag your conference blog posts, photos, tweets, videos (etc.) with this tag to make things easier to find for people at the conference as well as the remote followers. Also, check out the Twitter Hub at www.twubs.com/itc10

Don’t Ya Love Those Baseball Analogies?

So today was a big day for me. I was getting a tryout for the major league team. One at-bat to impress the scouts and I pretty much needed to hit it out of the park.

I watched a strike or two fly past me early on but before I knew it I had worked my way to a full count. I stayed alive by fouling off a few pitches. Finally I laced a clean single through the drawn-in infield.

Not exactly the home run that I was hoping for. Not exactly the kind of thing that gets you called up to the majors. Still, it wasn’t an embarrassment. It was just a nice clean single. The side is not retired just yet. There’s still a small glimmer of hope that the single will be good enough – but I doubt it.

CC photo by Terry.Tyson

Twitter Twub: #itc10

If you’re heading to Ft. Worth for the ITC conference on Feb. 20-23; join the Twub for eLearning 2010 Twitter Twub: #itc10. A Twub is an aggregator of Twitter content about the conference plus a place to view photos, videos, and the like.

New Personal Mission Statement

Two things have happened in the past week to make me pay attention again to that strange convention called a mission statement. At Lake Superior College we are reviewing our mission statement as part of our continuous quality improvement process. I have been selected to be part of the writing team for that effort to develop a new set of mission, vision, and values statements. Secondly, I have a career opportunity that will require me to clearly define who I am, what I believe in, what my skills are, and why people should care about any of that.

Therefore, I decided it was time to also revise my personal mission statement. It doesn’t really matter what the old one is, but here’s the new one.

Yes, I prefer the simple over the complex. I prefer the direct over the indirect. I prefer to now move on to my next task.