Session Proposal: Podcasting In The Classroom

After running a session on working with students who have low technology skills in 2011 and being on a panel about digital literacy in 2012, I would like to shift a bit and propose a session on podcasting in the classroom. At the end of this semester in a few of my literature courses, students are going to record brief excerpts of themselves orally reciting pieces of plays, short stories, and poems with a brief interview included with me. What I would like to do is edit those together into a class podcast.

  • What I would like is a good session about best practices. What is the best open source software for podcasting in the classroom?
  • What accessibility issues are there with podcasting and how they can be overcome (preferably in an open source and affordable manner)?
  • Also, I would love to see a discussion of audio feedback on student writing. I experimented with this a few summers ago in a very small class, but have not implemented it in a larger class. What can be done with audio feedback that cannot be done with typed or written comments?

I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Friday’s BootCamp Workshops – What you need to know

Hello THATCamp Philly Workshop attendees!

Here’s what you need to know about Friday, September 27:

  1. If you can’t attend, please send a note to THATCampPhilly@gmail.com
  2. Check out the workshop list
    VERY IMPORTANT: Depending on what workshops you’re planning to attend, there may be some prep-work/homework on your part and you’ll find that you need a laptop for every workshop except one — a tablet won’t work. If you don’t do your prep-work before coming to a session, you won’t be ready to participate or you might not be able to catch up in the activities.
    In particular, the WordPress (both Intro and Beyond-Basics), Intro to Programming (both Intro and Hands-On), and Video Editing workshops require certain software packages to be installed prior to the workshops.
  3. AngelCamp is from 8:00-9:00am, before the first workshop.  If you aren’t able to do your workshop prep-work or have other tech support questions, you should attend AngelCamp!  It will be in the back of the big Ullyot Room on the 1st Floor of CHF.
  4. You can attend whatever workshops you want, even if you expressed interest in a different workshop (when you registered or in this week’s “head count” voting).
  5. On Friday, Registration & Coffee starts at 8:30am.
    Workshops start at 9:00am.
    Visit the schedule page for full timing details and room assignments.
  6. Drinks will be available all day.
  7. There’s a Snack Break at 10:45am, after the first workshop.
  8. Lunch break is 12:45pm to 2:00pm.  There are dozens of places to get food close to CHF — check here. If you want to buddy up and go to lunch with 1 to 5 others, there will be a “Dine Around” sign-up list available in the morning — here’s the Dine Around list.
  9. Be tidy with your food and things — we want to be invited back to CHF!
  10. There will be some power strips in each room, but not enough for everyone to be plugged in all the time.  Be a good citizen.  And if you want to help out and make it easier for others to share the juice, you will be appreciated.

Saturday’s Sessions – What you need to know

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Hello Philly THATCampers!

Here’s what you need to know about Saturday, September 28:

  1. If you haven’t already proposed a session idea, login to the website and post your idea for a conversation topic.
    You should have received your welcome/login details within the past several weeks (check your spam too).
  2. UPDATE: We haven’t yet maxed out on attendees for Saturday, so if you want to bring a friend or two, they’re welcome to come!  (If lots of people bring friends, we may have to turn away non-registrants — but it’s a gamble well worth taking.)
  3. If you can’t attend, please send a note to THATCampPhilly@gmail.com as soon as you know — that way we can give your spot to someone on the waiting list and alert them with time to spare (like earlier than the night before!).
  4. On Saturday, Session Proposal Voting runs from 8:30am-9:15am.
    You should be here for this…it’s this process that makes THATCamp unique! And it makes this THATCamp YOUR THATCamp!

    During the voting time, you’ll also have a chance to propose/pitch more sessions.
  5. Visit this page to familiarize yourself with how THATCamp works, for more tips about proposing a session, and details about the general timing of things.
  6. Before coming, you should read over the session ideas other campers have proposed on the website. (This may also inform your own proposal ideas.)
  7. Drinks will be available all day.
  8. Lunch break is 11:30am to 1:00pm.  There are tons & tons of places to get food close to CHF — check here.  If you want to buddy up and go to lunch with 1 to 5 others, there will be a “Dine Around” sign-up list available in the morning — here’s the Dine Around list.
  9. There will be a quick Snack Break from 3:15-3:30pm, just before the final session!  Throughout the day, please do be tidy — we want to be invited back to CHF!
  10. There will be some power strips in each room, but not enough for everyone to be plugged in all the time.  Be a good citizen.  And if you want to help out and make it easier for others to share the juice, your kindness will be appreciated.

See you there.  Bring your brains, ears, and mouths.

Wikipedia and your access to information

According to Alexa Internet one of the world’s most popular websites is Wikipedia. What are the implications of having a grassroots community media platform be comparable in popularity and influence to any given mass media outlet including news broadcasts or newspapers, any television report or documentary, books, journals, or anything else?

Without defining the talk too much in advance, I propose to host a discussion on the social impact of Wikipedia. I happen to be interested in health information on Wikipedia, but will be prepared to present a little on any of a range of topics as the audience requests. The general format I would propose for an hour presentation is 10-15 minutes of introducing Wikipedia to beginners and then taking questions for the rest of the time.

My name is Lane Rasberry, user:bluerasberry on Wikipedia, and I work as staff Wikipedian for the US-based non-profit organization Consumer Reports. It would be my goal for the presentation to give attendees enough information to be able to talk about the nature of Wikipedia with their friends. I also like raising the issue of the extent to which people ought to use Wikipedia as a source of health information, because I feel that this issue affects lots of people.

Coming Back in Fall 2013 – Save the Date for September 27 & 28, 2013.

THATCamp Philly will be coming back this Fall 2013 for our third fabulous unconference.

Registration is now open on the Registration page!
Registration will close at 5pm on Wed, Sep 25.

Check back here for more details as they become available.

We’ll have a similar format as the last two years:
Friday, September 27 will be a day of workshops called Bootcamps
Saturday, September 28 will be unconference sessions

We’ll again be at Chemical Heritage Foundation in downtown Philly. Thanks for their awesome ongoing support.

In the meantime join us for more digital humanities fun in the Greater Philadelphia region at our site: phillydh.org!