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April 18, 2007

How do local Writing Projects create a web presence? What changes when they do? What tools might we consider? Joomla? DrupalED? We discussed these issues with our guests Bill Fitzgerald, Paul Oh, Troy Hicks, Felicia George, Madeline Brownstone,  Lee Baber and Paul Allison.  Bill Fitzgerald also gave us an update on his release of a new DrupalEd profile.

  20:53:11  PaulAllison ->  I'm a little late getting in... sorry folks
 20:53:43  PaulAllison ->  Baseball season with 2 teenage boys can take serious time in the spring.
 20:53:50  DougS ->  no apologies needed Paul
 20:53:56  DougS ->  and what better excuse!
 20:54:29  PaulAllison ->  Jeff should I wait for you call?
 20:56:49  DougS ->  don't hear any "noise" on stream
 20:59:57  DougS ->  what time on Friday?
 21:00:01  DougS ->  for the spacecast?
 21:00:08  lee ->  Hello All
 21:00:14  DougS ->  hey Lee, and all
 21:00:27  lee ->  8:45am est, 10:30am est, and 11:35am est
 21:00:36  DougS ->  thanks
 21:00:39  lee ->  each for one half hour
 21:01:41  Nancy B ->  hello all
 21:01:49  DougS ->  hi Nancy
 21:02:02  lee ->  Hello Nancy and Doug
 21:02:11  DougS ->  yessir re stream
 21:02:13  CathyE ->  Hey all!
 21:02:30  DougS ->  Hi Cathy, and Durff, and Bill
 21:02:36  bill ->  hello, all
 21:02:52  lee ->  Hi Cathy..Durff
 21:02:53  Durff ->  Hi Doug. Audio on A?
 21:02:57  CathyE ->  stream is good
 21:02:59  Durff ->  Hi Lee
 21:03:01  DougS ->  that's right
 21:03:36  DougS ->  enter this in skype
 21:03:37  DougS ->  +99001110023750634
 21:03:49  DougS ->  to join the skypecast
 21:03:50  Durff ->  We can Skype?
 21:04:23  DougS ->  don't forget to turn off the stream (iTunes, et al.) before joining the 'cast
 21:04:46  Durff ->  I did
 21:04:53  Durff ->  choppy
 21:05:04  PaulAllison ->  Troy...can you skype worldbridges
 21:05:11  DougS ->  it's good audio on channel A Lisa
 21:05:35  hickstro ->  I will be on in few minutes...
 21:06:07  Durff ->  I'm in Skype - always better for me
 21:06:12  DougS ->  cool
 21:07:08  DougS ->  wooo hooo for DrupalEd
 21:07:11  Durff ->  Stupid Question #33215978 = Could my headset shock me?
 21:07:16  DougS ->  nice work there Bill
 21:07:27  Durff ->  as in electrical
 21:07:54  hickstro ->  I am on and in Skype, too. Thanks for your patience...
 21:08:18  PaulAllison ->  http://www.google.com/notebook/public/04358793573726113227/BDQOrSwoQvoiP...
 21:10:48  jeff ->  in case anyone is interested in desktop sharing during tonight's discussion, the Yugma is at: http://www.yugma.com/app/loading.php?user=&role=0&collsession=110889109
 21:13:21  cheryloakes wow2 ->  I love being on vacation.
 21:13:45  DougS ->  haha good for you Cheryl
 21:13:59  cheryloakes wow2 ->  I even got my podcasts up and running this morning.
 21:14:06  Durff ->  where Cheryl?
 21:14:11  DougS ->  I sae that, most impressive
 21:14:14  DougS ->  saw
 21:14:22  cheryloakes wow2 ->  at edtechtalk, hi Durff, Lisa
 21:14:52  DougS ->  let's have a link to Paul's joomla
 21:15:02  Durff ->  hi cheryl - where are you?
 21:15:10  CathyE ->  http://my.nycwp.net/
 21:15:12  cheryloakes wow2 ->  I am in Wells, ME
 21:15:20  PaulAllison ->  For links for tonight (some of them): http://www.google.com/notebook/public/04358793573726113227/BDQOrSwoQvoiP...
 21:15:25  Durff ->  but on vacation
 21:15:35  Durff ->  unfair
 21:16:39  cheryloakes wow2 ->  I mean I am not at school this week, headed back to the mountain to ski we have had 95 in. of snow since april 1, 41 inches since last Thurs.
 21:17:00  Durff ->  have fun!
 21:17:04  DougS ->  make a couple of runs for me Cheryl
 21:17:17  Durff ->  is Joomla like Twitter or Jaiku?
 21:17:30  Nancy B ->  no, not at all
 21:17:35  DougS ->  it's another content management system (cms)
 21:17:40  Nancy B ->  Joomla is a CMS
 21:17:43  Nancy B ->  what doug said
 21:17:44  Nancy B ->  lol
 21:18:03  Nancy B ->  i dumped my twitter account
 21:18:04  Durff ->  sounds complicated - like a weekend project
 21:18:18  Madeline_Here ->  what do you think of Jaiku?
 21:18:28  Durff ->  I like Jaiku
 21:18:31  Nancy B ->  joomla is basically back-end stuff for bringing content to your group
 21:18:45  Durff ->  and some are cross-posting from Twiter
 21:18:47  Madeline_Here ->  What are the differences between twitter and jaiku?
 21:18:55  Nancy B ->  my feeling about jaiku and twitter is that they are both non-produvtive uses of my time
 21:18:57  Madeline_Here ->  twitter, I know
 21:18:57  bill ->  This is the code we have tested most heavily -- http://drupaled.alphabetademo.org/files/drupaled-5.1-1.zip
 21:19:08  Madeline_Here ->  oh, Nancy....
 21:19:15  Durff ->  I think Jaiku has more options
 21:19:37  Nancy B ->  oh, madeline
 21:19:58  Madeline_Here ->  ;)
 21:20:15  Nancy B ->  im totally digging trailfire now
 21:20:23  Nancy B ->  ive made three trails so far i think'
 21:20:24  Madeline_Here ->  Hey, Nancy, did you notice that trailfire is wiki enabled?
 21:20:28  Nancy B ->  http://trailfire.com
 21:20:36  Nancy B ->  yeah i noticed that when i first signed up
 21:20:37  Nancy B ->  lol
 21:20:42  Nancy B ->  its one of the sharing options
 21:21:24  Madeline_Here ->  anyone using trailfire in education should let me know, I'll add you to a google doc we are sharing with the developers.
 21:21:44  Madeline_Here ->  trailfire developers want to improve it for educations
 21:21:44  lee ->  Hello Madeline
 21:21:54  Nancy B ->  we thought about using  it asa classroom presentation tool with smartboard
 21:21:59  Nancy B ->  not so much for the kids to use
 21:22:01  PaulAllison ->  Madeline skype worldbridges to talk about trailfire
 21:22:06  Nancy B ->  since we dont have 1 to 1 computer access
 21:22:32  Madeline_Here ->  Hi Lee, my I noticed your students are blogging a lot about the VT incident. It's powerful to read all their posts today.
 21:22:49  bill ->  this tarball is what we will be distributing after a few more test installs: http://drupaled.alphabetademo.org/files/drupaled-5.1-1.tar.gz
 21:23:36  Durff ->  yes madeline that would be interesting
 21:24:21  lee ->  Yes, Madeline, they are full of emotion and not expressing it
 21:24:23  Durff ->  Sounding Boards for the Horizon Project welcome!
 21:24:56  DougS ->  Bill, thanks for the "sneak peek" at DrupalEd--very kind of you
 21:25:27  lee ->  .. the blogging at personallearningspace has really helped them talk without saying anything in the normal school atmosphere.. a big help!
 21:25:46  Durff ->  http://horizonproject.wikispaces.com
 21:28:07  Durff ->  how do other educators use RSS and tags in their classrooms?
 21:28:18  Madeline_Here ->  Lee, I wonder if that is good. I can feel that they are angry and scared. it comes through in the writing.
 21:29:17  hickstro ->  I agree with Paul and think that the site's site as a learning space is an important part of web presence.
 21:29:58  jeff ->  http://trailfire.com/
 21:30:11  lee ->  No it is not good Madeline
 21:30:55  lee ->  but at least they are finding one way to start acknowledging their feelings since they dont seem willing to start right up about it
 21:31:54  DougS ->  indeed Lee, being able to talk about the impact of trauma is an important part of healing
 21:32:01  cheryloakes wow2 ->  I would like to join the google doc and see the options for trailfire and education
 21:32:16  lee ->  we have alot of things planned as a school to approach this incident which included the victims and/or people involved with the univ.
 21:33:15  Durff ->  Our history teacher's ex-wife works one floor above the shootings and he went there
 21:33:25  lee ->  I mean which is with those folks via tv and
 21:33:48  lee ->  other connections
 21:34:36  Madeline_Here ->  http://trailfire.com/mbrownstone
 21:36:10  jeff ->  Glad you made it Russ
 21:36:22  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  Thanks Jeff...enjoying it thus far
 21:36:23  jeff ->  able to listen in OK?
 21:36:36  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  yeah...missed the beginning, who are you speaking with?
 21:36:55  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  sorry...about that
 21:37:23  alexr ->  Bill -- Can you please put up the list again?
 21:37:26  jeff ->  Paul is speaking with a number of Writing Project folks - I'm silently streaming, playing with twitter and checking out links... and tempted to install Bill's new drupal tarball now
 21:37:46  lee ->  yes me too Jeff
 21:37:49  lee ->  Thanks Bill
 21:38:11  jeff ->  Desktop sharing Yugma at: Cathy's doing a fine job at the yugma helm
 21:38:19  Durff ->  twitter is addictive!
 21:38:26  jeff ->  if anyone else wants the desktop, let me know
 21:38:51  Madeline_Here ->  http://trailfire.com/12albertoc   a 7th grader's first trailfire. She fancies herself a history buff and is reading Anne Frank.
 21:39:13  CathyE ->  Please--show us bill
 21:39:21  Durff ->  you joined the Jaiku and forgot us sir
 21:39:23  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  I need a support group for twitter...
 21:39:24  Nancy B ->  http://trailfire.com/nbrodsky
 21:39:33  Nancy B ->  what is the point of twitter?
 21:39:41  Nancy B ->  do we need to keep tabs on each other at all times?
 21:39:47  Nancy B ->  or on people we dont know even know...
 21:39:48  Nancy B ->  lol
 21:39:53  CathyE ->  Bill needs the Yugma
 21:39:57  Durff ->  it's fun
 21:40:01  lee ->  Yes..
 21:40:12  Durff ->  we need fun
 21:40:18  Nancy B ->  well it was fun at first
 21:40:28  Durff ->  still is
 21:40:33  bill ->  http://drupaled.alphabetademo.org/files/drupaled-5.1-1.tar.gz
 21:40:39  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  I have gotten that question alot nancy
 21:40:40  Nancy B ->  then it became one more thing to waste cell phone minutes on and one more social networking thing to tabs on
 21:40:43  qdsouza ->  twitter is networking
 21:40:53  qdsouza ->  twitter is fun
 21:40:55  jeff ->  Twitter - need to, no. But there seems to be interest in being able to ping buddies quickly and efficiently
 21:41:00  qdsouza ->  twitter is for everyone
 21:41:08  CathyE ->  I think Bill needs to show us those Easy STEPS
 21:41:19  Nancy B ->  the fact that twitter has no search function annoyed me
 21:41:22  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  for me, it's the most useful link on keeping track of new and exciting things happening that I don't get without looking at yahoo news or whatever
 21:41:29  Nancy B ->  id ont want to twitter with random strangers
 21:41:35  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  so when people post new technologies
 21:41:37  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  or websites
 21:41:40  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  I can link right in...
 21:41:42  Nancy B ->  i want to twitter with bloggers i read and/or know
 21:41:53  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  ideally it's how I've found interesting things like edtechtalk and other links
 21:42:13  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  without it...doubt I'd be "in the loop" with other podcasters
 21:42:14  jeff ->  Any reports of what teens think of twittering?
 21:42:21  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  haven't heard
 21:42:30  qdsouza ->  http://google.com/coop/cse?cx=004053080137224009376%3Aicdh3tsqkzy Twitter search
 21:42:33  jeff ->  Any comparable tool for the teen set?
 21:42:40  bettycollum ->  How can you print out what has been written in the chat room? I would like to investigate all the links?
 21:42:59  qdsouza ->  MSN
 21:43:05  jeff ->  We sometime post entire chat logs
 21:43:05  Nancy B ->  betty, i think you can just look at the chat log, after this chat wraps up?
 21:43:11  qdsouza ->  but asychcronous
 21:43:20  PaulAllison ->  We can post this one.
 21:43:22  jeff ->  if not, you can highlight everything, copy and paste into another application
 21:43:38  bettycollum ->  ok, thanks
 21:43:45  Nancy B ->  that search function is handy!
 21:43:52  Nancy B ->  but im still not going back to twitter
 21:43:53  Nancy B ->  lol
 21:43:58  Nancy B ->  i got enough going on
 21:44:30  jeff ->  resistance is futile
 21:44:34  jeff ->  :)
 21:44:38  Nancy B ->  lol
 21:44:39  qdsouza ->  :-:
 21:44:43  qdsouza ->  :-)
 21:44:47  Nancy B ->  i just joined facebook
 21:44:48  hickstro ->  Right, and this was our problem, too. Spreading ourselves too thin.
 21:44:59  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  hehehe...I get your point nancy...I tried to go the Jaiku route...but it was a bit of a pain
 21:45:22  Nancy B ->  yeah so i dumped myspace, i dumped a bunch of other things
 21:45:28  Nancy B ->  and tried to streamline my web presence
 21:45:45  Nancy B ->  that is all shot to heck now that ive joined facebook and im using trailfire
 21:46:30  hickstro ->  The problem for us, now, is that our "official" site is not the site that TCs really identify with, despite our best efforts to make it a space for social networking and site work. Our wiki has become that space instead.
 21:46:32  qdsouza ->  Twaiku allows you to simultaneously post to Twitter and Jaiku.
 21:46:59  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  how about that...does twaiku work with any messengers...in the manner that google talk does?
 21:47:18  qdsouza ->  http://www.bwana.org/2007/04/09/twaiku/
 21:47:31  Nancy B ->  well twitter works with AIM, so i imagine the twaiku...
 21:47:59  Durff ->  Twaiku?
 21:48:06  hickstro ->  Right, Paul. So, do we have an "official" site that we share on our business cards and another "unofficial" one that we actually use?
 21:48:27  hickstro ->  If so, then how "public" do we want our "informal" space to be?
 21:48:32  jeff ->  Troy, I think you're unmuted if you want to chime in
 21:49:09  hickstro ->  Jeff - OK, I think I am unmuted on my end, too.
 21:49:41  hickstro ->  How to you "regain" presence once it is dissipated?
 21:50:09  hickstro ->  That is, how can I get people back from Blogger and on to our "official" blog?
 21:50:09  jeff ->  Troy gets my vote for questioner of the night
 21:50:10  qdsouza ->  then talk offline
 21:50:17  Nancy B ->  well if you never really remove yoursel from the interweb
 21:50:20  hickstro ->  Thanks, Jeff.
 21:50:25  Nancy B ->  its not hard to regain presence
 21:50:32  Nancy B ->  oh
 21:50:35  qdsouza ->  love that term meatspace- cyberpunk
 21:50:53  Nancy B ->  meatspace?
 21:50:57  DougS ->  I thought it was meetspace
 21:51:34  bill ->  re: That is, how can I get people back from Blogger and on to our "official" blog? -- syndicate the feeds -- when they see they get more comments from the WP site, they'll be back
 21:51:38  qdsouza ->  opps http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meatspace
 21:52:01  Nancy B ->  ah, meat as in flesh and blood bodies
 21:52:02  Nancy B ->  lol
 21:52:05  qdsouza ->  I'm multitasking badly
 21:52:06  hickstro ->  http://rcwp.msu.edu/
 21:52:08  Nancy B ->  gotcha
 21:52:14  DougS ->  it's all good
 21:52:23  hickstro ->  http://redcedarwritingproject.blogspot.com/
 21:52:36  hickstro ->  http://www.seedwiki.com/wiki/red_cedar_writing_project/red_cedar_writing...
 21:52:44  hickstro ->  http://rcwp.wikispaces.com/
 21:54:40  hickstro ->  And here is our "official" blog: http://rcwp.msu.edu/blog/
 21:55:02  hickstro ->  Right! So, how do you get out of beta?
 21:55:35  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  guys gotta bail
 21:55:40  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  got a kid in the bath
 21:55:45  jeff ->  glad you could join in
 21:55:45  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  later and thanks for including me
 21:55:50  Russ @ Take2Podcast ->  ditto...later jeff
 21:56:03  qdsouza ->  create a PLE of the feeds
 21:56:06  cheryloakes wow2 ->  over and out
 21:56:12  hickstro ->  PLE?
 21:56:28  bill ->  it's never too late to have a planned rollout!
 21:56:39  qdsouza ->  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Learning_Environment
 21:57:38  hickstro ->  Interestingly enough, despite the fact that our new site is supposed to be "dynamic" and has many TCs who can add content now, it is still kind of static. I am just as guilty of that as anyone else, but I find it kind of odd that now that we have this dynamic site we still end up with quite a bit of static content.
 21:58:40  qdsouza ->  change is hard
 21:58:50  qdsouza ->  Shi-f-t Happens!
 21:58:55  qdsouza ->  :D
 21:58:57  hickstro ->  Thanks for the PLE link. Is ELGG considered a PLE, too?
 21:59:24  DougS ->  I think that they kinda "invented" PLE
 21:59:27  DougS ->  elgg that is
 21:59:29  qdsouza ->  A PLE is based on your needs and will change
 22:00:05  bill ->  RE the PLE: not really -- that honor goes to wordpress
 22:00:17  qdsouza ->  Konrad's doing a presentation on it soon - http://twitter.com/teachandlearn/
 22:00:21  DougS ->  really, thanks Bill
 22:00:22  Nancy B ->  ok all im audi
 22:00:25  Nancy B ->  have a good night
 22:00:44  hickstro ->  There is also the question of whether or not a teacher has the opportunity and ability to use the tool that the site chooses -- say Joomla -- in thier own school. If everyone can access Edublogs, for instance, is there some good rationale for creating a site-based Edublog for people to play in while the "official" homepage serves the official purposes for advertising and archiving institutional memory?
 22:00:50  alexr ->  From twitter: twitter: acarvin: Bye-baya, Sanjaya!
 22:00:51  jeff ->  'night Nancy
 22:01:02  hickstro ->  Then, they know how to use Edublogs in their own classroom, too.
 22:02:25  hickstro ->  Felicia makes a good point about what sites want in their websites. To what extent should those of us with some tech know-how encourage and support people to move to more interactive web presences as we watch the field of edtech move that way?
 22:02:51  DougS ->  here's an interesting screencast that Brian Lamb put together for distributed publishing on the web
 22:02:52  DougS ->  http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/brian/archives/037636.php
 22:03:21  qdsouza ->  we rolled out Community Server to our district - 8000 teachers - and it is barely used - but there were concerns - so it was placed on our intranet - not as useful - and not ready for change
 22:04:17  qdsouza ->  Same thing used on Alan Novembers community
 22:04:41  hickstro ->  I am OK for tonight. Thanks, Paul, and everyone.
 22:04:47  hickstro ->  Good night.
 22:04:51  qdsouza ->  http://communityserver.org/
 22:04:56  qdsouza ->  good night
 22:05:03  qdsouza ->  sorry I came in late
 22:05:04  alexr ->  thanks all!
 22:05:08  bettycollum ->  good night all
 22:05:18  DougS ->  yes, thanks everbody!
 22:05:27  lee ->  good night Betty
 22:05:31  qdsouza ->  environment
 22:05:36  Durff ->  Visit The Intern Show 9:30am Sat EST here at Worldbridges
 22:05:38  lee ->  night doug
 22:06:08  qdsouza ->  that was funny - ditch a few
 22:06:45  Durff ->  what is a community server quentin?\
 22:06:49  Madeline_Here ->  Good Night all....z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-:?
 22:06:58  bill ->  cheers, all --
 22:07:07  Durff ->  night, bill
 22:07:10  jeff ->  Bon Apetit Bill
 22:07:18  bill ->  the halibut awaits!
 22:07:22  Durff ->  Guten Appetit
 22:07:43  CathyE ->  Jeff- did you install it?
 22:07:54  jeff ->  not yet
 22:08:03  jeff ->  I'm a slacker tonight
 22:08:22  lee ->  Thanks Jeff
 22:08:28  Durff ->  don;t believe it - you never slck off
 22:08:34  Durff ->  slack
 22:09:01  Durff ->  Guten Nacht
 22:09:10  CathyE ->  Jeff- we will be expecting a report tomorrow :)
 22:09:14  qdsouza ->  I'm listening
 22:09:16  PaulAllison ->  So... Friday 8:45 - 9:15 ?
 22:09:24  PaulAllison ->  10:30 - 11:00
 22:09:25  jeff ->  roger that
 22:09:33  PaulAllison ->  11:35 - 12:05?
 22:09:37  lee ->  yes Paul
 22:09:44  jeff ->  Paul & Lee would you like to reconnect quickly?
 22:09:45  lee ->  SEe you all then!
 22:09:46  qdsouza ->  I missed quite a bit
 22:09:48  lee ->  ok
 22:09:56  PaulAllison ->  sure
 22:10:43  qdsouza ->  btw- I found out about this event through twitter :-D
 22:11:27  Feliciag ->  I guess I'm too late and everyone has just signed off.
 22:12:11  Madeline_Here ->  felicia, I'm still here :-)
 22:12:15  Feliciag ->  I just figured out where the chat room was and how to listen to the broadcast live.
 22:12:31  Madeline_Here ->  Oh, it's quite a task to talk and type at the same time.
 22:12:45  Feliciag ->  Hi Madeline.  I am really impressed with what you are doing with your students.
 22:12:49  Madeline_Here ->  Of course Susan and Paul are quite adept.
 22:13:02  Madeline_Here ->  thank you.
 22:13:24  Feliciag ->  I had a hard time following a lot of this conversation and the tour that Paul set up on the nycwp site didn't work for me.
 22:13:56  Madeline_Here ->  when you say it did not work, what do you mean? The technology failed or the effort at communication did not work?
 22:14:56  Feliciag ->  I guess the technology failed because nothing happened except that I was taken to another page which flicked on the screen and then it went back to the home page.
 22:15:42  Madeline_Here ->  Did Paul explain that you need to use a FireFox browser AND load the Trailfire extention?
 22:16:17  DougS ->  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3524
 22:16:29  Madeline_Here ->  Maybe I should try it in another browser and see if I have the same experience.
 22:16:46  Feliciag ->  No.  I was using Mozilla which I believe is a firefox browser but I didn't know about loading the extention.  I'll try it again tomorrow.
 22:17:24  Madeline_Here ->  That will do the trick. Be sure to fully quit the Mozilla browser and then launch again to activate the extension.
 22:18:01  Feliciag ->  Thanks Madeline.  I won't keep you any longer.  I'm going to get ready to log out.
 22:18:11  Madeline_Here ->  me too...good night