Have you tried Blab yet? It’s what Google Hangouts should have been, a free video conferencing tool for up to four speakers and an unlimited audience. Optionally, Blab records and archives conversations.
Brent Schlenker turned me on to Blab, and as soon as I saw it, I had to host a session.
Blab is tightly integrated with Twitter. You can Tweet announcements of sessions and invitations for people to join in.
I’ve been searching for something like this to enable readers of Real Learning to meet online to share their experiences and help one another learn.
On Monday at 11:00 Pacific/2:00 Eastern I’ll open up a session on Blab to talk about Real Learning. You can find the details on Twitter. Sure, I know it’s Labor Day. I figured you might have a few minutes when you’re not in meetings.
I just scheduled the session. This immediately appeared on Twitter: Real Learning Monday 11:00am PDT. Subscribe now ➼ https://blab.im/p1vs2a#blab Join me.
The developers are monitoring Blab closely and it improves every day. It reminds me of WordPress, where they are forever fixing things I didn’t know were broken.
Postscript. More than a dozen people subscribed, indicating they were going to join us. One person showed up; we’d had lunch together a few days before. Participation inequality lives on.
Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, has sold me that she has some awesome approaches to making the world a better place for all of us. Her TED talk won me over for many reasons.
Just watch it, just F do it.
She defends mass learning the way I used to fight for eLearning. Our opponents hurl brickbats that inevitably begin with “How can you prove your stuff is any good?” With eLearning, I’d explain to the professor that he was unaffordable but personal treatment by Ivy-League professors Continue reading Coursera’s Daphne Koller→
Hangout on Air, February 8, 10-11:00 am Pacific. YouTube.
Our first weekday Hangout on Air. Attendance was down. Probably not the best weekday to try.
In the future we’ll experiment with several different type of Hangout: (1) purely social, the “Hello, stranger Caffe,” Starbucks without the expensive drinks, (2) Hangout on a specific issue, perhaps with SME. All Hangouts should begin with social warmup, news, and catch-up.