Cal Educamp UNconference off and running on the Berkeley campus. Teaching+Learning in Education with Technology? It’s complicated, to say the least.

This is a peer-programmed event, so the attendees create the programming (presentations and workshops) the very morning of the day of the event!


11:22 AM – I’m excited to see a webcast presentation by Howard Rheingold (only external presentation of the day, but he couldn’t make it physically). Learning right now. Watching a presentation by Jeff Brain about drawing comics in the classroom. Middle school students learn about telling stories, storyboarding, and visual queues! They use graphic editing software–especially GIMP, a free, open-source software!!! Students use photographs to learn to draw comics based on source images. Check out this book if you’re curious about Drawing Words, Writing Pictures.

11:33 AM – Howard Rheingold presenting now, talking about Social Media Classroom (SMC), a social media website tool for use in all kinds of classrooms, which is open source, free, and built on Drupal. SMC is going to make it to the new version of Drupal (7). Among the new features is the ability to visualize a mind-map of your course wiki (wow! I wonder if Sakai can do that!?).

Teaching is a submissive activity

And that needs to change!

Rheingold introduced a new term to describe self-organizing and peer-based education models: “peeragogy” —  I love it! Check out this book if you want to learn more: A New Culture of Learning.

From Twitter @elicochran posted this cool K12 education blog: and I dig it.

Lost-Track-of-Time Stamp – The rest of the event was a lot more hands-on, chaotic, and consuming! I had a lot of fun, and facilitated a couple discussions. First, we had a big conversation titled “Why Open? (license) and Why Public? (visible)” focused on the aspects of Open and Public in education/learning. We tried to decided qualities of publishing openly, say with an open license, perhaps in making an open educational resource (OER). Further, we questioned when public sharing and practices help or make sense (like running your course on Google Sites or some blog instead of in a closed citadel like Sakai, Moodle, or Blackboard). The conversation roamed far and wide, especially delving into Textbook creation, and how to sort out a better future for “texts” (which perhaps looks nothing like a textbook!). The needs are clear for a non-profit textbook industry, and alternative income models for valuable curation and cohesion services that publishers currently provide. Kickstarter, or perhaps some other crowd-source platform for educational resources, anyone?

Check out some research and practitioner groups in attendance at the Camp Today: