This was a How and Why instead of a How-to session. It wasn’t here is how to set up and edublog, but instead here is how to plan for that, and here is your goal, and think about what to do to get there.
The session itself:
Here is the Google Doc Presentation:
First, I wanted to keep things balanced, so I put in links and examples from other platforms besides edublogs.org. I was using Blog Talk Radio because I wanted to have Lisa Parisi call in for questions about Class Blogmeister, and didn’t want to rely on CUE’s internet connection (you can call in from a phone to Blog Talk Radio). That totally did not work, and although it recorded me, it drops the audio at the halfway point? Anyway, you get most of the session. There was a larger audience that at the morning (Gail Desler counted 17), so that felt good. I actually got butterflies as I was starting, which is not usual, but it was good once I got going. Gail said the audience seemed pretty engaged. I make a practice of NOT reading the feedback forms, which may be a mistake since I guess I won’t be able to look at them later, hmm, any experienced CUE presenters know about this?
Hmm, don’t rely on Blog Talk Radio? I probably made a mistake. Maybe get more familiar with it? How about Skype next time, since I did get an internet connection? Not only did I flub that, I forgot to do a “prize” I had some supporter status edublogs to give out (thank you Sue Waters). I added a comment on the CUE ning asking folks to drop a comment and “win a prize” two folks left comments, but haven’t made further contact when I said what they had won. I feel like it was a good presentation, and I hit my points. It didn’t feel as strong as the morning session, but I think working with a partner really makes me push myself more. I was exhausted by the end of the session. I had taken a cat nap on the pool terrace, but I was DYING by the end of the session.
The CUE community forum page for my session