Already Mid-Week 2???

21 01 2011

G’day Everyone,

Hard to believe that we’re midway into Week 2.

I’ve really enjoyed responding to your RAPs and everyone should have received a heads-up that I have left added my response to your Week 1 work.

Just heard Clay Shirky quote Ethan Zuckerman’s advice that “we should never underestimate the power of cute cats” meaning that it’s the social media that enables people to share whatever info they’d like that builds community and can lead to potential civic change.  Shirky’s TED Talk is available at

Another principle Shirky introduces is that of “crossing the gap” and it’s very relevant for us as many of us begin our first bookcasts.  We begin our journey to success when we cross the gap “between doing anything and doing nothing.”  Read your chosen book; consider how it resonates with you on a text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world level, and use whatever tool you can to communicate that.  Practically any tool.  Many of us have discussed that the true value of VoiceThread is for collaborative projects – it is not a tool for bookcasts!  I suggested some of the simpler tools in the Week 2 update.  Just let me know if I can help match one to your particular interests and skill level.  The important thing is to “cross the gap.”  You can move along “the spectrum from mediocre to good” with your second and third bookcasts.

Also, wanted to remind you that we’ll have a speaker, the Bookhenge designer and builder, Ajax Quinnell aka Bill Lovin, in the Bookhenge in Second Life on Monday night to help us personalize our avatars.  We’ll also help out with the simple skills you’ll need in the Bookhenge.  To join us, you’ll need to set up a Second Life account — being sure to choose a name that you’ll enjoy – download the browser, and IM me from Second Life so I can send you a teleport.  You’ll find complete instructions under “Personal Learning Space” > Tools for Collaborating > Second Live > Getting Started.

If you couldn’t care less about what your avatar looks like, no problem.  I’m happy to give personal lessons in the skills you’ll need.  Just email me to set up a 20-minute session.

The Twitter stream is heating up with lots of good info for immersing yourself in YA lit.  Jonathan Maberry, author of the Eva Perry Club’s pick, Rot and Ruin, is now following us.  Woo hoo!  I’ve invited him to the Melinda Awards on Feb. 18.

I’m working this weekend, too.  Get in touch if you need help.




2 responses

24 01 2011

You can, Linda. Pleased to see that you’ve accessed Second Life, tweeted, and are ready to blog. See you in the Bookhenge soon!

24 01 2011
Linda Dextre

this is a test to see if I can tackle this technology

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