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How does this all tie with Merlot? (nice illustration from Teemu Arina's presentation for this year's Eden Conference)
What suggestions can we give, based on our experience online, what would we want to see happening?
How can we contribute, collaborate?

Jonathon Richter a.k.a. Wainbrave's Presentations on SlideShare (one on MERLOT, specifically):

I am planning a support structure for people who cannot make or do not want to get into SL. I am trying to find some way to stream what will be happening during the conference into SL, Alado and the Webheads in Action site and out to the people at Merlot (Worldbridges/Skype)
IMHO, I think that the main question to stay focused on is not to explain the structure of BaW or EVO. We can give URLs to people later on where they can find more detailed information. No slides are needed either - just the voice I think.

I feel that what is important is how open networked learning is promoted in your particular case, whether the tools help us (or not) and how participation is built into it (an architecture of participation). (all this in 2 or 3 minutes maximum...not easy..and not very satisfying I know...)
(I was thinking about how to use Voice Thread with pics for an additional, more personal account on how all this has changed the way we envisage teaching and learning ) - Bee
Not sure I will have the time though :-(

Laura Franklin, MERLOT World Languages

I am so excited about the "social networking" going on over this presentation!! I knew inviting Bee would make this session a groundbreaking experience!!

I saw "herding cats" somewhere above.... I think we had a video on this topic at a previous MIC. During the same year, we also had one on building an airplane while it's in the air. Interesting, appropriate images. (though they are a bit cliche; I have seem them about 10 times in other presentations! - alan)

Yes, Alan, this was what I was thinking, too. (L.)

I actually don't like the herding cats video ... the control metaphor is strong ... esp at a time when I think we need to be releasing control of content and teacher as content authority in learning spaces. Do we need to herd or do we to design the learning experience frameworks, get out of the way but be close enough to be in earshot availability when learners decide we're needed for something. (these comments are filtered through 'coloured lenses' from just coming off listening to Vicki and Julie talking about their take of the Horizon Report in the horizonproject, with Alan, Rachel and Larry from NMC) (Nick)

Looking at Voice Thread, I think it is a great way to keep students in target language. An image is worth 1000 words. I visualize my students and their cell phone cameras and the collages they can narrate. So much cooler than text.

It is not text vs images- it is using both (and music! and video!) I love Voice Thread, but am also looking at 54 other "Web 2.0 Ways to tell a story" - (alan)

True, true.. In World Languages we are multi-sensory to the nth degree, since everyone learns differently. Audio and video have become so much easier to use. In my personal case, if I hear a voice I'm with you. If I see a very short concise digital video, I love that too. If I see a lot of text, I snooze and so do my students. (L.)

Sometimes it can be black screen (i.e. no image), spliced between images/video, and just voice that can have a big impact! ... just as in parts it can be an image with no text or voice ... sometimes we need to focus the sensory attention ... with a nod and thanks to Joe and Emily from the Center for Digital Storytelling. (Nick)