Well, our "Web 2.0 for Us" workshop (thus renamed in its PowerPoint title slide 10 minutes before the first minute of the first day's work) is completed, but after some enthusiastic shareshare from the 10 participants the last hour or so of the weeklong experience, I'm hopeful that like all good discussions, it may well never end...
Steve Hargadon, Classroom 2.0's creator and longtime advocate of free and open source software for education, generously Skyped in to chat with us on Thursday from his home in Granite Bay, California. The audio I recorded from our stellar conversation on Thursday has unfortunately been lost. I liken the loss of the Dell Axim recordings to the burning of the Alexandria Library. It seems I got interrupted by a telephone call in the process of transferring the files to my laptop from the pocket PC, came back to the computer thinking I had already dragged the sound files from device to computer, and deleted the device's files, a standard procedure. So sure was I that i'd dragged them over already that I didn't notice the error until Friday morning, when I thought I had a few minutes to open and edit the audio. Sure, the recordings folder is nicely created on my laptop's desktop, but it's as empty as my head must have been when i clicked "Yes" to the "Delete?" prompt. I had used HotRecorder to record our conversation as well, and it must not've been playing well with the recent Skype update--the saved file from that session is, well, 4 kilobytes big. Or small.
This is truly a disaster, but after years of working in technology I now look at it as simply raising the status of the conversation to that of legend--making it all the more precious in teh memory of those in attendance. Thank you soooo much, Steve, for your time and your wisdom, exploring with us Classroom 2.0 and ning.com's potential for a powerful learning platform.