Tuesday, March 21, 2006

My thoughts on interactive keynotes


Blogger Sonia said...

Interactive keynote addresses are new and overwhelming for me.I guess it would be for everybody. It gives you an opportunity to be the part of issues related to your field sitting in your bed. It is like being a part of a live news session on a TV. My concern here is how we can listen to the keynote address happening in Orlando while blogging in Ames.Is there any designed procedure or participants will type in whatz happening there?
Best wishes for the address and the conference.

5:42 AM  
Blogger hickstro said...

Hi Janet,

Thanks to you and the SITE staff for making this happen. Here we go...


5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


A very interesting Keynote Model.


5:51 AM  
Blogger Curby Alexander said...

This is great. I am in Charlottesville, VA with two of my colleagues listening to Dr. Swenson's keynote. The audio is coming in very clear, and we are excited to hear her talk.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Maggie (: said...

What a nest idea! This is a start and a good example of what could happen in education. Now, we have to get the schools to actually allow Blogging with students!

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:55 AM  
Blogger joyce said...

It will be challenging to be tuned in to the keynote address AND keep abreast of the comments being added in the blogs. In this day it will challenge our ability to multitask, as we read the screen, listen to the speaker, and write at the same time!

Thanks for the opportunity,


5:56 AM  
Blogger ilknur said...

Greetings from IT @ UVA. Thank you very much for the opportunity for us who could not be there to be a part of the conference from a distance. To be able to listen to your speech and to communicate through the blog is great!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Debbie Sprague said...

How wonderful that so many of you could participate in SITE while not physically being here. I am currently sitting in the ballroom in Orlando, listening to Janet "live". This is an interesting experiment.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Diallo Sessoms said...

I think this is what we need. Rather than scribbling notes and ideas on a notepad, we can share them with a captive audience.

5:57 AM  
Blogger hickstro said...


You asked if the blogging/listening/discussing would be too “disruptive” as a way to conduct a keynote. I think that it does challenge us to be more active listeners, which is good.

Yet, as Maggie said, even for those of us who are unable to be at the conference, there are still more that can’t access Blogger from school. This layers on another complication of access and equity that we need to think about, too. Even with internet access at schools, we may not be able to communicate in the ways that we want to, or need to.


5:59 AM  
Blogger Ian Gibson said...


I wish I could say I was listening from Sydney Australia, BUT I'm in the front seat of the audience in the keynote in Orlando!!

Nevertheless, this experience is every bit as powerful as if I was sitting at home particpating!! :-)

What Courage!!

Well Done Janet! Modelling envelope pushing is a great way to go!!


6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what do you think? Can we really multitask, and do it communally, like our kids?

6:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Mike said...

This is a great tool for expanding the audience to the entire world. It also allows the shy people in the audience to still have their voices heard.

6:01 AM  
Blogger andi said...

This experience is highly innovative. Congratulations!

6:01 AM  
Blogger Henrietta Siemens said...

This is so exciting! To know that I am connected with many colleagues across the country participating in the same event. It is even more exciting that I can sit in the same room with two of my colleagues at UVA (Charlottesville, VA) - and participate in this keynote.

6:02 AM  
Blogger amina said...

Did the connection break ?

6:03 AM  
Blogger Clement said...

This is exciting but calls for a lot of training - now it is a bit awkward for me to share my reflections as I try to follow the keynote but I am sure that with practice I'll be able to do both effectively

6:05 AM  
Blogger amina said...

There is some disturbance in the background is anybody else having the same problem?

6:09 AM  
Blogger Maggie (: said...

Our students multitask like this all the time, and can respond to what a question without blinking. They're amazing. This would be something most would enjoy.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Curby Alexander said...

The audio is breaking up. It started when the video clip was shown. I wonder if there is a line in disrupting the connection. Just a thought.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fantastic idea -- this a great way to hold a keynote -- an interactive keynote gives us an opportunity to reflect and share with the rest of the site community. thanks for pushing the envelope!

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Christa said...

This is an awesome experience. What better way to expose teachers to blogging than to have them use it live and on the fly.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Susan Jinks said...

We need to teach students that multi-tasking is actually a valuable skill. We often ask for their full attention- are we limiting their abilities?

I thought this would be overwhelming, but actually I think I am more focused on the conversation.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

This was interesting and fun-- enjoyed it

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Mark Urban-Lurain said...

I agree with the premise that groups make better decisions when they are heterogeneous. However, how heterogeneous IS this group?

One downside to ICT is that, while it allows people to communicate in ways they never could before, it also balkanizes and encourages people to congregate with others that share their already set worldviews. Why talk with your neighbor (or your father to use Janet's example) who might disagree with you when you can all congregate in electronic isolation with others who share your worldview?

Who is hearing (or viewing) this talk that was likely to have disagreed with any of Janet's points? Are we seeking out those who believe that Bush is an educational theorist and trying to show why this is not the case?

6:23 AM  
Anonymous MJ said...

Interesting concept to use other methods of interaction for participants who may not feel comfortable standing up to ask a question in face2face. This method also provides learners to be more reflective in their contributions, especially since other posts are avaialble. It is interesting to see commments from folks who are listening and learning at a distance to the keynote.

Thanks for this learning opportunity!

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm diggin' this!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Ann Thompson said...

I am finding my first interactive keynote experience an exciting and stimulating one. The energy and engagement of the audience is obvious-----each of us seems to be feeling responsibile for reacting to Janet's moving call to action. This responsibility clearly changes our roles as audience members as we are no longer passive. Perhaps this approach defines a new role for audiences of keynotes and audiences in classrooms.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Jo said...

This is great, but I'm looking around the room and not everyone has a laptop. Next time, organizers might consider putting up laptop/compuer stations in the room for those without, so that they too can participate. What a great way to intergate technology and learning.

6:35 AM  
Blogger amina said...

Thanks to the organizers who made this streaming possible.

6:35 AM  
Blogger S. Midland said...

Bravo, bravo. this is one of the most noteworthy keynotes I've heard in a long time. And because it has been streamed I will be able to review it again.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think this demonstration was coureagous... it was just modeling... something which should happen at all conferences.... classroom teachers take risks every day, every period.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Debbie Sprague said...

Here, Here, Ann and Jo! This is the first time I felt engaged during a keynote. I found myself really paying attention to what was being said. Excellent experience. And, yes, Jo. We should provide laptops for those who did not have them. That way, more people could have participated.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an "older" learner, I think that I would need to practice listening and responding simultaneously and really connecting with both. I didn't think I would ever get the hang of using chat with 3 different conversations going and, with practice, was able too. I think this is a strategy that may work with time.

6:39 AM  
Blogger botheredByBees said...

only just caught your keynote via a podcast, but I'm here anyway so: I think the medium you should explore for your next interactive keynote address should be Google Groups, by using a mailing list anyone can post a topic, or respond.

2:44 PM  

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