TEDxMelbourne – 20 November 2010

If you are a fan of the TED talks (and who isn’t?) you might be interested in the TEDxMelbourne event coming up this weekend. (TEDx are independently organised TED events.) Although the physical session has sold out, you can participate online in a number of different ways.

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Thanks to Hamish Curry from the State Library of Victoria for the following links:

General program


Speakers & performers

Blog on other ways to enjoy the experience

Registration for receiving the webcast

Oh, and late breaking news…here is the link to experience the event in Virtual 3D (like Second Life) – limited to 100 participants.

Hopefully you can join the action virtually if you were unable to get a ticket. You can also follow TEDxMelbourne on Twitter for news of other events.

eT@lking: Retribalizing, Literary Style: Virtual Book Clubs and Bookcast

Thanks so much to teacher extraordinaire Anne Mirtschin for passing on the following information about this free online learning session:

Time: October 27, 2010 from 8pm to 9pm (AEDT)
Location: elluminate webinar
Event Type: online_pdelluminatenetworking
Organized By: Anne Mirtschin

McLuhan (see the video) predicted we’d have to leave the bookworld behind to be “with it” in the electronic world but with social media we can do it all. Learn about an evolving virtual book club model, online or inworld, that culminates with the screening of collaboratively produced bookcasts, multimedia aesthetic responses to books.

To preview bookcasting, check out this ncbookcast festival You can post questions and comments to the wiki discussion.

Meet our Presenter: Cris Crissman, PhD, Distance Learning Consultant, USDLC, Adjunct Assistant Professor, NC State Writer and Producer.

Bio: Cris teaches the “Learning Through Literature with Young Adults” graduate class at North Carolina State University. After ten years of exploring online book clubs, she took the class and the book clubs inworld to Second Life. The students self-select genre book clubs and work collaboratively to produce bookcasts to share with the whole class and the world. Inservice teachers have applied the model in their classrooms. Every year the class leads a virtual author study for teen readers in the state and this year the featured virtual author is Australian Melina Marchetta whose award-winning Finnikin of the Rock is drawing rave reviews from American teens.
Link to join this session

Sounds like a fabulous opportunity to learn much more about a topic close to our hearts. And as Cris is presenting at 5am her time, a large audience would be welcome!

The recording of this session is available for anyone to listen to. Thanks to Anne Mirtschin for forwarding this link.