What my student taught me, live-blogging thoughts, IALLT 2007

UPDATED! I just figured out how to add [annoying] music to the slideshow! Turn down your sound! πŸ™‚

With thanks to my (now former) student Ariana, I learned about this nifty little slide show program called, appropriately enough, Slide. I am playing with it here to show some the pictures of my drive to and from Dallas after CALICO (with fotos of the washout driving conditions and wild Texan drivers as well…those ones are for Pete πŸ™‚ ) Enjoy.

While watching the Red Sox play the Yankees this evening (no comment on the outcome, but the rivalry continues) … I finally edited and cleaned up some of the live blogging posts I did from CALICO.

Note to self: you are not a live blogger.

The truth be told, I need time to think before I write. I have to do drafts. I need time to proofread and scratch out thoughts, vs just churning out info for the sake of getting it out there. I need a pen and paper and the ability to doodle, diagram, scribble in the margins, write things that come to my head that might be totally off topic, think. I am less than linear when I write and think…sometimes horrifyingly so. (fyi: this post right here took me about an hour and a half to complete in an admittedly circular fashion…it takes about 20% longer still when I blog in Spanish, more on that later)

But I would not have known any of this unless I had tried… so, for those of you who were there (or whom I blogged) please take a look at my posts below from the CALICO conference and see what you think. Leave a comment if something is missing or mis-stated or just plain mangled.

That’s not to say I don’t think liveblogging isn’t a good thing. Not at all. For our colleagues who can’t attend all of the conferences necessary in order to stay al tanto of the profession (and let’s face it, that is steadily becoming more and more of us thanks to budget cuts and bean counters), reading someone’s live blog, and being able to comment and say “huh?” as the presentations are unfolding could be a useful service. But a group of people need to sign on to this in order to really see the effect and to have a variety of perspectives, ideas, styles in the mix. The first place I saw liveblogging happen (and happen well) was at BlogHer 2006 I think we could do something similiar at IALLT..yes? no? hello?

So, when some of us meet up at IALLT 2007 I hope we can get some volunteers for live blogging (if you already have a blog) or some dynamic note taking / commenting via the IALLT wiki (members only access) off of the IALLT web site or maybe we do something with Twitter and have our reports from the field all merge in one place…lots to think about. (the truth be told I am still wrapping my brain around Twitter and would love to learn more) Do you have suggestions on how to communicate and share information dynamically here, there and elsewhere and yet available for review/reflection/rebuttal for others to see as well? Please leave a comment!

Oh, so here are the pictures …and now (finally)…to bed!

P.S. The slide show is entitled “LLU does Dallas Austin” πŸ˜‰

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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  1. Ryan · June 4, 2007 Reply

    Hows about something like Studicious, a del.icio.us-clone for online note-taking? It’s geared towards “classes” (and as of this writing, the site is down) but it might work for what you’re suggesting. Also, check out the Note-taking category over at Lifehacker. Lots of good ideas, tips, and software (that’s where I heard about Stu.dicio.us).

  2. Barbara · June 14, 2007 Reply

    I killed the music. Boy that was annoying!


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