Reflecting Allowed

Maha Bali’s blog about education

@edcontexts + = gr8 July webinars


I am happy to finally announce the July webinar series, which I am curating along with my good friend and co-founder of Shyam Sharma.

The theme of the 4 webinars is Learning and Leading in a Connected World, and the month is like a collaborative effort or partnership between and #clmooc (already connected) and Edcontexts (via Shyam and me), and we will have some co-hosts for some of the webinars.

So we discuss equity in ed tech (#techquity) co-hosted by Joe Dillon of NWP/#CLMOOC and Shyam; we have a discussion of transliteracies co-hosted by Anna Smith of NWP/#clmooc and Shyam; and we have one on emerging trends in open scholarship co-hosted by me and Shyam and then a final one on educators across contexts, led by Shyam and me.

When I was invited to curate the series I felt honored but worried because even though I participate regularly in synchronous events now, I still have all sorts of issues with it (note: article i just linked to availabile in audio as well as text!). For example the first two webinars will be in Ramadan where:
A. My kid’s sleep is more messed up than usual
B. It’s nearly impossible to ask a favor of anyone re babysitting

So i cannot promise to be there for them which is why I am grateful I am not expected to be.

I am also grateful to Shyam for accepting to co-host the series with me and Anna and Joe for facilitating one each. I am sure those first two will be awesome 😉

Now let’s hope Cairo infrastructure cooperates (it has been lately) and my girl’s sleep works out (it hasn’t lately) for the last two coz i am soooo looking forward to these

Now for the big challenge: can I, as someone who is not a huge fan of video, facilitate a session (the last 2 I guess) that I can watch later? I occasionally watch video sessions that I can focus on and watch to the end…

So here is my question to you: what makes a good hangout conversation that you would want to watch live or participate in or tweet about? Or even jump into mid way?

This question is relevant to both these hangouts and the virtuallyconnecting ones too.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback


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