Monday, December 03, 2012

Wednesday - Talk Live with Gina Bianchini About New Mightybell Features and Education

Join me on Wednesday, December 5th, for a special live chat with Gina Bianchini, co-founder of Ning and the creator of the new Mightybell online program. We'll show you the newest features of Mightybell, allow those of you who are existing users to do a little show and tell of your own spaces, and give you a chance to ask Gina any questions that you might have.

I'll be hosting the event, as I've done before, as part of a consulting relationship to help bring the community's voice and ideas to Mightybell. Gina has a huge personal commitment to bringing the benefits of her social projects for free to teachers and learners.

Gina describes Mightybell as a service to help individuals and groups gather around a passion. For teachers, librarians, and learners, it also holds some special opportunities for "content curation and conversation." You have the ability in one place to chat, to post content, and to comment in individual threads on the content (which can be photos, videos, links, files, questions, and events)--and to allow others to do so as well. I now create a Mightybell space for each of my FutureofEducation.com interviews to collect a "living" set of the resources for the attendees.

With Mightybell you can:
  • create a living syllabus 
  • gather class or topic resources
  • supplement a presentation
  • run a live back-channel for a meeting or professional development
  • allow students to post and comment on their own or each other's work
  • host a scheduled live and automatically-archived "Mighty Chat" on a topic with your larger community
  • or collaborate in a myriad number of other ways
As one teacher said, Mightybell can bring "learning to life." And the new visual and structural overhaul of the site gives you some great new features:  post/reply by email, adding a space image and/or cover photos, color-matching or customized themes and fonts, a new WYSIWYG editor, and "followers" as well as contributors.

To practice or sign up and create your own spaces, start at the new Mightybell for Hosts space at https://mightybell.com/spaces/1ec75482801b8481. Then join us Wednesday using the link below to the event's Blackboard Collaborate room.

Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.C4415D8049A57DF74A3B77771411A0. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is here:  https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-12-05.1703.M.86035557D2F8C8CA05E067C29AD0A7.vcr&sid=2008350

Gina Bianchini

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