You’re invited to my presentations on Friday, October 12th

Simulpost with TechLearning

The Maine technology conference has been delightful thus far — I will have so much to blog when I get back. The people here are great! So let me tell you what I've planned for today, and how you can join in.

No Google Jockeys

And this morning, podcasting phenom Bob Sprankle coined a new term. I backchanneled during my wiki presentation (which was useful for a thousand reasons.) Last night, I looked at “backchannel” on wikipedia and learned that the term for someone watching the backchannel and reporting back to the speaker was at one time called a “Google Jockey.”

Meet the Backchannel Bouncer

Well, I don't know about you, but I don't like that term for the classroom. So we thought and thought. Bob came up with the term Backchannel Bouncer. I don't know if it will stick, there may be a better term. I do think this one has the potential to fit, and I'll tell you why. The Bouncer — is in the backchannel and people can bounce questions off him/her as a first line of defense — he handled tons of questions like help w/ usernames — redropping links in the chat so people could follow on their laptops.

But then, every 20-30 minutes I'd turn to Michael Richards (my backchannel bouncer today) and say “What is going on in the backchannel? Are there any questions in there for me or feedback?” He would bounce their questions off me. He made meaning.

Also, if we had any trouble, he could literally be a bouncer hand handle problems in the chat. It is really a super great tool for backchanneling and I think it is a must-do for all workshops and sessions — I've already recruited a backchannel bouncer for my two sessions tomorrow. (Thanks Cheryl and Alice.)

And then, I could answer questions. Also, several people came in from around the world and starting chatting with the students — they got so excited! (Unfortunately Google Presentations still isn't archiving the chat!)

So, today (it is 2:22 am) I will backchannel in Google Presentations again and also have a live ustream. Don't count on the ustream video being too great, so I recommend pulling up the stream and then following along in the Google pres.

Here is the information that you need:

Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom
9:30 – 10:30 am Eastern Standard Time
This will be streamed live on ustream at The TV may not be that great, but you can listen to the audio and then see the live presentation in the google presentation. If you have a gmail account, you may also participate in the live chat (or backchannel.) This also allows you to receive links and share thoughts with others

Blogging for a Better Classroom

1:20 – 2:20 pm EST
This will be streamed live on ustream at The TV may not be that great, but you can listen to the audio and then see the live presentation in the google presentation. If you have a gmail account, you may also participate in the live chat (or backchannel.) This also allows you to receive links and share thoughts with others.

Other links and slideshares are posted on my presentation wiki.

Join in (and if you plan to, leave a comment so that I'll know you're coming and I can point it out to the audience. I want to point out the nature of what is happening. There is a method to this madness.)

And if you want to hear from some people who were in workshops today in Maine — take a listen – this was about 10 minutes long.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

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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Diane Hammond October 12, 2007 - 4:47 pm

Hi Vicki, I’d like to try to join your presentation this afternoon on blogging.

Do I need to add you as a contact for the Google Chat to work?

Kitty Forbus October 12, 2007 - 6:31 pm

I jumped into your blogging session in midstream. Had it set up to start and was late going to lunch. So I missed the beginning. A student came to me at lunch and told me my computer was talking. It was my first UStream experience. Thanks for sharing!

Patrick Higgins October 13, 2007 - 3:31 am


Sorry I missed the presentations; it would have been great.

I had been wondering how that would be handled amid all of this. Watching some of the presentations using Google Presentations and Ustream, I thought to myself “wouldn’t the presenter be distracted by the activity in the backchannel?” This idea, a kind of virtual call screener, does the trick on many levels.

This coming Friday, the 19th, I am presenting at a conference here in New Jersey, and I think I am going to recruit a “bouncer” to help me along.

Mike October 13, 2007 - 1:40 am

It’s highly unusual for me to enter into a conversation about what to call something. The term back channel bouncer isn’t working for me. When I think of the back channel my first thought is diplomacy. What happens beyond the public posturing of government. Why not The Diplomat or Ambassador. Bouncers posture and eject. Ambassadors seek to advance the interests of their nation. It just seems much more inviting.

GTTeacher October 13, 2007 - 2:09 am

I’ve just started following your blog and exploring your wiki. Thank you so much for all of the great ideas.

Diane Hammond October 15, 2007 - 5:44 am

Vicki, I went in to your blogging session intending to “learn over the shoulders” of the participants. Due to your skillful handling of UStream TV and Google Chat, I found myself drawn into the group. I wrote more about my experience on my blog. Excellent presentation – thanks for the opportunity!

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