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Because You Can Never Have TOO MUCH Technology

This week at my school, we’re going to finally open the time capsule it took us the better part of a month to actually locate and dig up. It was buried on campus twenty years ago by a class of seventh graders and their teacher. I would just like to say that I was only in college then. For the record.

We’ve invited that teacher and several other folks who were on the school’s staff back then to attend. The teacher himself can’t be there in person, so we’re going to Skype him in. We’re also going to set up a video camera to show up-close the contents of the capsule as it is opened. We’re having an all-school assembly for the great unveiling. It’s going to be great.

I, of course, being the über-geek that I am, was not content to limit this enjoyment to our campus and one retired teacher watching along on Skype.  I’m going to use ustream to broadcast the entire event live on the web.  I’ll set up my MacBook with its built-in iSight camera on a desk a wee bit back from our stage in the library, and I will let anyone who would like to watch from home or elsewhere share in the fun and excitement of the day.  I imagine parents at work and older siblings at college and alumni off where ever they ended up watching in wonder at this momentous occasion.  I will also record the webcast so that those – like my husband – who can’t get to a computer while it’s happening live can watch it later.  We’ve invited the news media too.

I’m very excited about this, and while I have demonstrated ustream to some of my students before, I’ve never really used it fully in the way in which it was intended to be used.  This could be the start of something really amazing, especially given that I finish grad school this summer and I’ll have all kinds of time on my hands (HA!) to try new things.

I will send out the link on Facebook and Twitter so that my friends and colleagues the world over can tune in.  And, just for you, gentle reader, I’ll include it here as well.  CLICK ME if you want to get to the ustream channel to watch on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time.

If you’re reading this blog, whether you end up watching the broadcast (or the recording) or not, I’d like to hear how you think ustream could be incorporated into more educational experiences.  I’d love to hear both from people who’ve used it and people who are hearing about it for the first time.  Oh, and by the way, it’s totally FREE.

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