A summary of learning? How about an attempt to take a snapshot of the process of learning, and where this traveller is, on the digital highway of life. Makes more sense to me.
I know, I know, some are thinking semantics Al, semantics! I am reminded of the song from the movie To Sir With Love as we say goodbye officially to the time-space continuum of eci#831. (I am only putting in the embed code so you can choose whether or not you want to endure the song!) It does capture a journey of a teacher with his students in London England set in the sixties. Enjoy if you want. http://youtu.be/K3IT9jUoKw0
A Pecha Kucha is simply 20 Powerpoint slides with pictures or text that change every 20 seconds equalling to 6:40 seconds. Keeping the goal in mind of our presentations being between 5-7 minutes, this seemed like the perfect thing to do. I hate to admit this, but I thought this was a separate program and I spent hours trying to find the program. After my wife asked what I was doing she joined in the search and said “I think it is simply a Powerpoint with restrictions on the time each slide can be discussed.” Imagine how foolish I felt. I had seen them done but never done one myself. I could have chosen a Storyboard of some other kind but had started down this road and, being stubborn, wanted to finish what I started. It took me a total of 12 hours to review the course material, my personal notes and to represent my thoughts succinctly enough and cohesive enough to create this simple digital story telling tool. I have it here for your perusing pleasure and response if you so choose. For my classmates in #eci831, you can listen to the recording of the November 28th class as I was the first to go. If you go to the saved recorded class presentations of #eci831 you can hear my running commentary. If you click on the presentation embedded code and press play once it opens, it will change slides automatically every 20 seconds. I am hoping that Alec knows a way to share the actual presentation on my blog so the audio portion can be listened to as the slides change automatically. However, during the actual class due to a technical glitch, I was given 6:40 seconds on the page and attempted to match my words with the slides and the time simultaneously. I did it all without ropes or a safety net!
Virtual communities, Open sharing, Rhyzomatic Education, Digital Storytelling melding this all into Social Media has been very enlightening. My journey has just begun and I do believe this is my second chapter in my technology journey, as we have done some very creative technological and innovative work at Hardisty. I believe we need to deepen our journey and continue to proliferate technology.
All the best #eci831 fellow classmates. I will be keeping my Blog going after the class but I have one more entry that attempts to explain the Hardisty journey through Google Docs, Google Sites, videos and YouTube videos that explain some of the process journey we have been travelling down.
More to come and more to learn,