Like many people working with education and technology, at Blackboard we’re using more Web 2.0 tools to share information with members of the Blackboard user community.
Recently a colleague and I made a very short video invitation to attend our upcoming annual users conference in Boston, July 10–12; the video is called “BbWorld ’07…OF COURSE!”
We just grabbed my colleague’s small digital camera and walked around our offices here in D.C., asking several Blackboard team members why they’re attending BbWorld ’07. She then edited the clips together on her laptop. So quick, simple, easy. Why haven’t we been sending all of our event invitations, messages about software upgrades, etc. in short video clips?
And here again is Adrian Alleyne’s short video titled “Adventures in First Life” – his humorous spoof on Second Life, one of the virtual worlds which several education institutions are exploring to extend their in-classroom experiences. Check it out.
In just two weeks, BbWorld ’07 will begin in Boston. Each year a group of Blackboard client institutions participates in the annual users conference as co-hosts. This year two higher ed institutions and one K-12 school are involved: Framingham State College, Phillips Academy Andover and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Representatives from these schools recently compiled for conference attendees a helpful and humorous list of sites to visit and activities to do in Boston. So, with a drum roll, please, I present the Boston Host Committee’s . . .
Top Five Reasons Why Boston Is the Place for BbWorld ’07!
#5 – The most colleges and universities per square mile
Where else can you paak your caa’ in Haavad Yaad? Or, in other words . . . Park your car in Harvard Yard. Be sure to read the “Wicked Good Guide to Boston English” to learn to speak like a Boston native before the conference!
The Blackboard K-12 team is excited to see you at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta, June 24-27, as they have exciting news for teachers: At the show, Blackboard will be offering all NECC attendees access to a FREE online course site – good for the 2007/2008 school year!
Teachers work extremely hard: often you invest more time and energy than you have to ensure your students’ success. Sometimes you invest your own money to provide instructional materials and necessary supplies because budgets within schools and across districts are increasingly tight.
Blackboard knows this first-hand because many of us taught in classrooms before we joined the company, and our children attend K-12 schools across the country. As one means of thanking teachers for their hard work, Blackboard is offering this free opportunity to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Blackboard invites every K-12 educator, whether your students are children or other teachers, to visit booth #940 during NECC and register to create a free online course site, which can be used now, during summer school and while preparing for the coming school year.
The Blackboard K-12 team can help you take advantage of this free opportunity, and get you started, when you come by our booth!
Don’t you just love the "Mac vs. PC" ads that have been running on TV for the past year? Apprently so do the video creators at Wallstrip!
Wallstrip is a daily web video show, sponsored by TheStreet.com, which mixes "stock culture" (or finance information and trends from Wall Street) with pop culture. In the series "Wallstrips Take On…," the site recently posted a humorous take on Blackboard in a video homage to the series of Mac ads currently airing on US television.
Watch the video here. It’s quirky and very clever. Enjoy.
This important question was the topic discussed during an educational leadership forum hosted by Blackboard at the National Press Club on May 16, and a topic that really hit home for me as a previous first grade teacher in Washington D.C. Public Schools.
The discussion was moderated by Adam Newman from Eduventures Inc., and the four esteemed panelists included Susan Patrick, president and CEO, North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL); Ken Kay, president, Partnership for 21st Century Skills; Debra Sprague, Ph.D., assistant professor, Graduate School of Education, George Mason University; and Don Knezek, CEO, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).