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Farewell, CogDog. We know you’ll be back. Though you’re a dog you don’t scare us at all!

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Alan LevineIt is official Alan Levine has left our shores and arrived safely back home in America. After an amazing 18 day “whirl-wind” Australian Cross Country Tour where he was in a different city almost every night I am left wondering, after enjoying reading his daily adventures – does this mean there will be a vaccuum in my life? No more CogDogRoo blog posts? :(

I was fortunate to attend Alan’s presentations on Melbourne and Perth; plus lucky to spend some time with him. Considering he was not well during this trip I am totally in awe at his work output. I spent 3 weeks at conferences, and was well, but could not match his incredible work. [image by cogdogblog]

Even though I did attend his workshops in a couple of locations I did not get the opportunity to participate in all his workshops and presentations because sessions at each locations was customized for their local audience. Fortunately Alan has left us the CogDogRoo wiki which contains a wealth of buried bones and gems that are a must to work through.

Here is an overview of the workshops and presentations on CogDogRoo wiki:

1. Being There: In that undistributed future

Emphasis of this presentation was “The thing about technology is you can not watch from the outside to work out how to use it—you need to embed and immerse yourself in this technology. Too often we look at a technology and make judgments without having the knowledge to make those judgments properly — because we have not taken the time to learn what the technology is about. ”

Read my notes from this session here! Check out Alan’s slideshare, Ustream recording, audio recording, notes and links from this session here! Make sure you check out his images from these his powerpoint on Flickr because he has added lots of extra notes to each slide!

2. What’s on your Horizon?

Horizon Report is released by the New Media Consortium each year in January which charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative expression on the horizons of less than one year, two to three year and four to five year (here is the 2007 Horizon Report and this is a video interview I did previously with Alan on the Horizon Report).

During this presentation Alan overview the process involved in looking at the horizon of emerging technologies and discussed our Australian Horizon. Read my notes from this session here! Check out Alan’s slideshare, Ustream recording, audio recording, notes and links from this session here!

3. Virtual Worlds – Promise and Perils

This was an engaging introduction to what are Virtual Worlds and why they are becoming popular. As I am already using Second Life and my kids use Virtual worlds like World of Warcraft I wondered how others that had no exposure to Virtual Worlds would find this session. I was extremely pleased to hear it inspired people to join Second Life.

Read my notes from this Virtual World session here! Listen my audio podcast from the session here! Check out Alan’s powerpoint slides (displayed as a Flickr slide show. If you click on a slide it displays the information he has written about that slide, including URLs that you can follow for further information — this is a great feature of Slideflickr.com which he is using really well) notes and links from this session here!

4. 50 Ways to Tell a Story

This resources from this workshop is absolutely mind blowing. Definitely Alan is amazing crazy? because he used 50 ways to tell the one Story (about a dog called Domino) by road testing 50 different online tools. He worked through the whole process of:

I used this resource to determine which online video creators were worth testing (the posts related to this are Sunday Job! Road Test Some More Online Video Creators! and Job for Saturday! Road test of online video creators!).

5. Precious Web Gems

:( Wish I had got to do this session! The idea was for participants expose themselves to a small range of practical Web 2.0 tools that had been recommended by educators rather than being overwhelmed by too many. When I get an opportunity I plan to work through the task, road test some Web 2.0 Gems and the Web 2.0 Laundry list.

6. Powerful Personal Portals

This session was on how to use free web tools such as Google Home Pages, PageFlakes or Netvibes to quickly and easy build custom portal-like web sites to bring information from multiple web sites to the one location (here is the information from this session).

Pleaaaaase if you are reading this blog and not bringing the posts from this blog into a feed reader like Google Reader, bloglines or netvibes — make the time to set up your feed reader – it will save you time. Here is my “How to” subscribe to blogs information to get you started.

FINAL NOTE

If you are wondering about what the? with the title of this post check out this! (wonder if you need to be an Aussie to get it?)

Author: Sue Waters

Edublogs Support Manager @suewaters on Twitter

9 Comments

  1. Hi Sue, Great post – I miss out on too much by being stuck in an office :(

    But you’ve given me some great reading material!

    Kate.

  2. Farewell Aunty CogDog, they even wrote a song about you… http://tinyurl.com/2amsxb

  3. Wow, what can I say, Sue but WOW, for such a comprehensive review and set of notes from my visit. It was oh so worth all of this to meet so many great colleagues in person, especially you, who are a gem of a resource to not just Australia, but educators everywhere.

    Thanks as well for the afternoon of excursions in Perth, for searching (and finding) Bon Scott’s memorial, and I even got to see your fish!

    No, I did not get the reference in your blog title post, but there is a connection- when I first met Angela Thomas last summer (she spoke at an NMC Conference), she was a bit nervous since, in er words, my Second Life dog avatar was “scary”.

    I cannot say thanks enough, but here is one more… THANKS

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  8. I agree Kate this week I have been busy with work so have had less time. There is so much I want to check out and so little time. Glad you liked the post and hopefully it will help you work out what you want to check out and what does not interest you.

    Glad Simon you got to meet Alan. Hopefully he did not pass on cough?

    Alan glad you like the post and thanks for linking to it. I know that quite a few people are using this, and the link I put on etools to access the resources you put together. Just wish we could have more time to work through it all. Thanks for calling me a gem — I just like helping others.

    Alan – Frances and I both loved our afternoon adventure – definitely one of the highlights in my 3 weeks of conferences. i will tell the fish you said hello. If you ever get a chance to watch Aunty Jack do so was classic Aussie TV (early ’70s) — but off course I was not born then so how would I know.

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    No, I did not get the reference in your blog title post, but there is a connection- when I first met Angela Thomas last summer (she spoke at an NMC Conference), she was a bit nervous since, in er words, my Second Life dog avatar was “scary”.

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