And the Walls Came Down

In some ways, I feel like we're in the midst of the Berlin Wall coming down except this is the virtual wall that has divided us since time began.

Many of us have been working with the Google presentations software — during the 20 minutes I was in today — at least 10 different people dropped in — just to look at the presentation many of us have been working on.

Claudia Ceraso has come up with a fascinating way to link a presentation page with Google Notebook and now we're editing that. We've also added a slide to our presentation of the things we'd like to see added.

Meanwhile, although the chat archive feature was working when this web app was unleashed — it is now no longer working! (Could Google run out of space or did us naughty edubloggers tear it down!?)

The chats in the presentations are no longer archivable and are disappearing. At first we thought it was in the settings but we think that it is down.

Glitches or no glitches — here is the fact…

Jennifer Wagner e-mailed me — I checked twitter and saw folks going crazy about Google Presentations– went in (as did many others) and played with it on my lunch break. Wanting to test the publish and chat features — on a whim, I posted the link into twitter — and the firestorm unleashed.

Within the next bit at least 40 educators came in and out and over the course of 24 hours — 40 editors made over 500 edits to the document. Claudia Ceraso created and shared a Google notebook that is being added to the presentation as hyperlinks to the slides.

So, excuses are gone — we have some great free tools that work together in ways we cannot comprehend. Sure if you like neato transitions you're not going to get that, however, if you have no budget and want a group global presentation — this is the way to go!

If we work on this presentation about Google Presentations — then perhaps we can just USE IT when we want it. If the editors add to it as they find new things — IT IS UPDATED. For notes and hyperlinks… add it to the Google Notebook.

Tuesday, when I was in the chat it was surreal… I was in then Marshall Kirkpatrick came in… others tumbled in and then here comes one so many of us admire… Bernie Dodge — who begins commenting on the Power of Twitter to unleash mobs. The list of those who entered and left is a veritable “who does it” list of educators.

I cannot begin to digest or understand what just happened on Tuesday but it is truly one of the most pivotal experiences since I first began blogging or wiki-ing.

What's next?

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Claudia Ceraso September 21, 2007 - 1:51 am

Unfortunately Google Notebooks does not allow invitees to forward editing permission to others. I have sent some 40 invites today to the editors of the Google Presentation (mouse over names to get the addresses). If you need an invite, send me email to fceblog (at) gmail (dot) com

What’s next?
I think this presentation will make the rounds in blog posts. How about some tag to pick those posts at one click?

Twitter Breaking News:
Darren Draper has come up with an idea …

Darren Draper September 21, 2007 - 2:03 am

A collaboratively created NECC presentation:

Stephanie Sandifer September 21, 2007 - 3:54 am

Vicki —

I agree with your thoughts on this. When I was viewing the presentation or on the edit page during these past two days, the interaction with others was truly surreal.

As of today, my principal has now seen it and he is very excited about the possibilities for collaborative uses on our campus. How cool is that?!

As I was explaining it to another colleague tonight at our school’s Open House, I said “Google has now added the final part of the ‘Holy Trinity’ of productivity tools.” So it’s not perfect… it is only version 1.0 right now and I am certain that Google will treat us with updates in time.

What is more significant to me about this is the interaction opportunities that exist with this tool. The past two days have been a profound group learning experience that I won’t soon forget.


Acid Staining January 13, 2011 - 1:25 pm

We’ve also added a slide to our presentation of the things we’d like to see added.

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