I got a chance to take Unhangout for a spin today with some friends. Two of my old cronies from Edtechtalk (@jenm and @schinker), my good UPEI buddy @daniellynds, @mozzadrella from P2PU and Srishti from the unhangout project all took a run through thinking about what a good session might look like for the folks in rhizo14. We’ve got a plan and, as is only right, it’s going to take a little feedback from you folks.
- Thursday January 16th, 2014. 8:30pm Atlantic Time
- You need a gmail account and the event is collaborative
- We’ll be collaboratively working on a shared google presentation as an output
(world time zones, thanks to Jim Stauffer)
What an unhangout means for you
Unhangout is a neat little project being run out of the MIT Media Labs. Basically it allows you to combine a series of hangouts together. You NEED a google+ account to make this work… I’m sorry about that, but it’s what we’re going to be trying this time. You’ll come to the session, and, at some point, break out into one of the rooms to talk about something you’re interested in. Or, alternatively, you can hang out in the lobby and chat with folks.
This will be by far the most structured event of the week during the course. It is ‘designed’ that way because after having done a few of these, it seems that they are incomprehensible to the vast majority of people if they are left wide open. I heartily encourage all and everyone to organize their own live events and allow them to be as chaotic as they like… this one will be structured (by my standards at least 😛 )
- I’m going to do a 10-20 minute jam session of some of the conversations that are going on this week to get us all started off.
- We’ll login to the same google presentation document
- We’ll break out into breakout rooms
- Each breakout room will report back with one slide from the document
- I’ll present from whatever you guys have put in the slides
- We’ll breakout into different room than we were in the first time
- We’ll update the slides
- We’ll wrap up
- We’ll post the slides for people to critique/remix/steal
What I need from you folks
Each breakout room holds 10 people. The course currently has about 300 people registered in it. Lets figure we have about 35-40 people who actually come to the live event.
In the comments, I need
- people to suggest topics (figure we need 5 or so)
- People to volunteer to be the ‘moderator’ for a topic
- People to support a topic
If that works for people, we’ll go with those topics. If it doesn’t, I’ll make something up tomorrow night.