Radio Lab recently had a show called (So-Called) Life in which a woman in need of a transplant test her children’s DNA. They find that the children match the father’s DNA, but not hers! Additional testing reveals that the DNA in her blood is completely different from the DNA in her saliva — she is, essentially, two different people.<SPOILER ALERT>Basically, doctors have concluded that she is a chimera. That is, her mother was pregnant with two embryos that fused within the first few days of life. They did not blend, but rather the new embryo contained some of the parts from baby A and some of the parts from baby B — she was her own twin sister. To put it into perspective, if the eggs had not completely fused, this woman would have been Siamese Twins. Instead, she is both twins in one body.She started talking about the thought the she is two people, that her salivary glands differ from her circulatory system, that she has two different bodies inside of her. Naturally, this raised some interesting questions. What is her identity? Is she two people? Is she one person? What is a person, if the DNA suggests that she is two persons?
Here is Tweet Talk 3, featuring Mike Montalto-Rook, Lis Boyer, Donna DeNoble, and myself (Brandon Rubenstein). We feel like we have hit our stride in terms of dynamics, content, and flow, but we welcome your feedback!Tweet Talk 3 – 2008 TLT Symposium.mp3
Thoughts on the TLT Symposium will be forthcoming, but first I wanted to share our the next installment of our podcast, Tweet Talk. This episode features our discussion on the Wikipedia entry for Twitter, and our brainstorming for how we can enhance the entry with our own efforts.
IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE, AT LEAST READ THE FIRST PARAGRAPH!I just realized I have been heavily involved in using web 2.0 to create
community but that I haven’t really shared any of my efforts with the
class in which I am further exploring some of these concepts. This
entry started with the intention of sharing a podcast that I had just
then expanded into a full blown entry recounting all of my online
endeavors. It’s partly to share with you the way I am already using
blogs, videos, flickr, social networks, podcasts and wikis, but it also became
a great way for me to record my efforts and progress. It is interesting to be involved in and responsible for the comprehensive creation of a
brand new community for the camp during the past 10 months, and I look forward to the
future implications of the technology and this class. Without further
For those who don’t know, I am the Program Director for Golden Slipper Camp (GSC). Last summer, I decided to start a GSC blog
where I gave little, periodic reports on things happening at the camp
(Johnny won the talent show by burping the ABC’s, or Bunk 4 won Honor
Bunk for being cleanest, etc.) — it was one of my ideas to generate
some excitement with parents and alumni. Little did I realize how
popular the blog would be! Parents were sending emails and phone calls
sharing how much they loved knowing what was going on, and that they
felt more like a part of their child’s experience.
The next step was that I set up a GSC Flickr
account so that we could share the photos taken by Alisa, our camp
photographer. She ended up taking nearly 14,000 pictures, and I even
found ways to link them to the blog, like when we had a rainy day
activity that ended with a GSC mascot contest. We had each bunk create a mascot for the camp, then took their pictures and posted them on Flickr (mascot picture pages) where families could view them and vote through the blog. We ended up crowing the winning bunk at the camp — and reporting the winner on the blog — a week later.As soon as the summer ended, I started uploading GSC videos onto YouTube and embedding them into the blog, further generating interest from campers, alumni, parents/families, staff, and club members. I have 40 more hours of skits, songs, and fun things to upload, but my miniDV camera is on the fritz (Tweet or email me if you have one I can borrow!). One piece of advice if you do something similar for one of your organizations: set up a separate YouTube account! I have to be careful now that my identity is directly linked to the camps’ — I can’t upload some of the videos I made as an undergrad (PG-13 rated language or plots) or display my favorites for fear that a camper will see them and it will open a can of worms.Since the summer ended, I have been using the blog to share news that is passed on to me. At this point it primarily contains announcements of things happening at the camp, contests, alumni marriages, births, and engagements. I hope to start including camper news (Honor Roll on report cards, awards won, graduations and college acceptances, etc.).
The final two pieces of this are an exploding alumni social networking site (400 members in 3 weeks!) and a brand new podcast. I realize that this is long, but just wanted to share. It is interesting to be involved in the comprehensive creation of a brand new community over the past 10 months, and I look forward to the future implications of the technology and this class.Phew! Sorry for the length! I am very interested in having further conversations about this, and look forward to helping others enact similar efforts.
In a previous entry I describe a Camp on the Web. I originally intended to simply share a new podcast I had created for Golden Slipper Camp, but went off in another direction. This entry, therefore, is dedicated to the podcast.The first podcast features myself and Uncle Spoon, the camp’s Evening Activities Specialist, explaining our idea and plan for the podcast. Basically, we hope it helps to contribute to the blossoming online community that has developed, as described in the other post.For now, enjoy the podcast =)Listen to the GSC Podcast
Hi All,I shaved Tweet Talk 1 down to 23 minutes, and I added
some music tracks that I made up for the intro, transitions, and
finale. I also converted it to mp3.Listen to this new version and enjoy!Tweet Talk 1 (edited).mp3
Sorry it took me so long to get this edited and uploaded … and by edited I mean an introduction and some music. I didn’t touch any of the content, so if you said it you will hear it. I’ve added it to our iTunes U space … One thing you might want to consider doing is clicking the “Subscribe” button in iTunes U. If you do that all future podcasts will be downloaded automatically as they are uploaded.
Let’s get started … our Introductory Podcast will give you some sense of what this whole course is all about. We’ve setup a space on iTunes U that we’ll use to share all of our course podcasts … during the semester we’ll ask you to create your own and share them with the class. Getting familiar with the iTunes U site will be a good first step. As a matter of fact, we’ll spend time talking about podcasting, iTunes U, and how all of this can be used to transform teaching a learning. At any rate, grab the podcast and leave us a comment. By the way, if you are familiar with RSS you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and then you can enjoy episodes as soon as they are ready.
Scott McDonald and I are co-teaching a course in Penn State’s College of Education this Spring. We’re teaching Curriculum & Instruction 597, Disruptive Technologies for Teaching and Learning. One of the things we’ve decided to do is produce a course podcast as much as possible. Today we sat down and recorded the […]
A story about the use of podcasting in higher education.