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Sloan-C here I Come…No, wait, I already came! #et4online

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So… I signed up to attend the Sloan-C #et4online conference – virtually. That’s because I can’t travel too often with a young child in tow, and I really didn’t want to miss out on this amazing lineup! As I said before – first time I attend an international conference where I really know a few of the people. And at least know of quite a few of the others.

So there I was tweeting occasionally using the hashtag to see who else I know who is going – and lo and behold, two #rhizo14ers will be there (well Rebecca is presenting; Ashley attending virtually like me).

So I was signing up for events and I found the keynote and a workshop by the Jim Groom , so I thought I’d follow him on twitter… he followed me back (nice guy) and so I tweeted to him and got this reply:

The resulting activity yesterday was so much fun. Late night his time and early morning my time he sent me a link to reclaimdemo – a place where I could experiment as if I had my own domain… and I did! I blogged about it right there on my “new” wordpress blog on the reclaim demo thing itself (yes, that’s meta-cognition or meta-something for you) – and then based on responses to some of the questions I blogged about, I managed today to install the plugins for sharing onto my new blog. Cool 🙂

Jim seems to have gotten pretty excited because he wrote this:

And earlier, he had written this (which got me in touch with a couple of other really interesting folks on twitter  who were “listening in” – I love it when that happens on twitter):

So… long story short: I started the conference before it started. And that is what is soooo cool about online. Social media empowering the semi-privileged indeed 🙂

What may not be as cool, though, is what will happen given I’m more of an asynchronous person:

1. Time zone difference: 8:30 am Dallas = 3:30 pm Cairo = toddler back from daycare = noise, distraction, etc.

2. Cairo these days gets a lot of electrical cuts, especially later on in the day. I’ve got 3G on m iPad but that’s not too reliable, or fast, and did not work too well y/day while trying to do the reclaim demo thing…

So… fingers crossed I can participate anyway 🙂 otherwise, recordings will have to do. Will wait and see.

9 thoughts on “Sloan-C here I Come…No, wait, I already came! #et4online

  1. You really must tell him you’re called Maha! So why has he got you to install Moodle? If you move this blog over to a hosted one, what happens to all your followers? Can you move them as well? (Commenting here so that the comments don’t get lost if you lose the other blog).

    1. balimaha says:

      Haha i told him about the Maha thing. Happens all the time. I am not actually planning to move soon but apparently there is some simple import/export thing that i assume takes more than just blog content but also settings, followers, comments, etc. or i could just redirect to here? Not sure yet! He said he’d answer more in workshop

    2. balimaha says:

      oh and about the Moodle… he didn’t ask me to install it, I was just playing around … long story 😉 he’s got a long list of diff softwares that are can be installed but only manuals for a few… I wanted to go beyond wordpress since I already know that one (but had never installed it)

  2. I have Moodle on a virtual server, but I tend to just use our live ones to play. Moodle.org is good in parts, and feel free to ask me if you want.

    I keep thinking about my own domain. Hmm

  3. So, anyway, I have now decided I want my own domain. What are Jim’s suggestions? I’m thinking I’ll buy a domain name and get the husband to put it onto his server, then I can set up my WordPress blog and export/import, is that what he is suggesting? (haha, I’m asking you to do my homework).

    1. balimaha says:

      lots of useful info here, Sarah (manuals, etc. – but def get husband to do the hard work since it’s his thing anyway, right?): http://reclaimdemo.com/doku.php

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