Well… it’s been quite a ride. For those of you who are interested in the good/complex of the my life on the personal side, do check out http://cribcronicles.com.
Professionally, things have been moving on apace. I have great hopes that I’ll be able to deal with each of these issues over the next several weeks but for now I’m just going to try and break the silence.
The project has gone really well overall. We’ve had far more successes than we’ve had challenges we couldn’t overcome. The best comment i heard was from one of the principals who said “there are kids in that class that have never really been engaged who are excited about learning”. We should have our version of the website to hand out to folks in the next week or so for you guys to download and try out in your own schools if you are interested. No promises, but it is pretty good.
I’m working with some fine folks (though not as closely as I’d like, time being what it is) on MUVE’s in education. If you drop by http://openhabitat.org you’ll get a sense of the great work that’s being done there. For my part, I’m working on the interactive website that were using as well as doing some work with opensim… an automated server install and some precanned training material. Fun stuff
I’m working with another group of folks over there (UK) on this project. I’ve been working on two systems (that’s i’m hoping to fold into each other) to store and deliver different versions of curriculum and learning objects in a cool web2 kind of platform. More on this soon.
I’ve been working on an article on rhizomatics for the last eight months. The very good people at Innovate have been patient enough with me (for whatever reason) and, all things being equal, the article should be appearing in next months special edition on the future of education
I’ve managed to get the company through which i do the majority of my consulting work incorporated and am almost to the point where my professional online life is organized. It’s been a bit of a silly journey, but as the contracts have started to get more significant, I’ve had to take the company itself more seriously. I’m not sure if i’m going to be ready to ‘go it alone’ anytime soon, but i am at least in a solid position to take on contracts. I’m part of an excellent network of very good people.
The non-profit is, i hope, finally on the horizon. We’ve been looking to get company set up and running to take care of Edtechtalk and potentially allow us to broker some educational projects… Looks like we might finally have the pieces we need.
My day job (web technology specialist) at the university has been lots of fun. We’ve been trying to move the university to more dynamic, interactive drupal based platform. We’re about 90% done the initial grunt work and are looking forward to starting to use some of the more interesting and interactive sides of the platform in the next little while
Pretty thin this year. With Bon on bedrest, i’m not really in a position to head out until late ’08 at the earliest. I am speaking three times at a conference in june at the university which i plan to ustream… but just bits and pieces this year i think. Probably not a bad thing.
oh. and i’ve started a new blog. http://plywoodviolin.com