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Ordinary/Amazing Stories of Connection
(Oct 2015) keynote for K12 Online Conference
(Oct 2015) TEDxUSagradoCorazon, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Open Show: Connected Learning Without Expensive Acronyms
(June 2015), DML Conference, Los Angeles
The BS of Storytelling
(June 2015) keynote for CALI conference, Denver, CO
What The Web!
(March 2015) keynote for TCC 2015 Conference, Honolulu
(Sep-Oct 2014) 7 locations in New Zealand
(July 2014) Arizona K12 Center Camp Plug and Play, Tucson, AZ
Do You Every Wonder What Happened to Wonder?
(Sep 2014) University of Texas Arlington
Doing the Daily Create
(May 2014) Riding the Wave of Change Conference, Gimli Manitoba
Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web
(Apr 2014) eLearning Consortium of Colorado
Making / Telling Stories That Matter
(Mar 2014) Skidmore College
Amazing / Ordinary Stories of Connections
October 19, 2015 •
keynote for 2015 K12 Online Conference
We all start out our educational careers (meaning when we were in kindergarten) intrinsically knowing the value of sharing. Somewhere between there and graduate school we lose track of this simple concept, be it worrying about intellectual property rights, fearing theft, or just questioning the value of what we do.
The open ecology of the internet can undermine what I think is learned and limiting stinginess. In this presentation I want to celebrate the True Stories of what happens to people when they share something openly on the web whether they think it ordinary or amazing. I asked colleagues to share their own stories of something unexpected, valuable, powerful, or just plain inspiring as a result of sharing that piece of media, document, video, blog post, even a single tweet that became valuable to someone they did not know before.
The power, the strength, the future of the internet as we know it now, depends on this two-way flow. Share openly, appreciate what others have done, and then share your story. I cannot guarantee amazing results or free trips to exotic countries.
But I can guarantee, if you never share anything openly, you will never having an amazing story happen to you.
True Stories of Connection
K12 Online Conference True Stories
Unstoppable Stories of Connection (trailer)
It Takes a Stuffed Animal to Explain Alan’s Ideas (plea for stories)
Obvious to you. Amazing to others by Derek Sivers
All K12 Online Conference Stories
Keynoting from a Beach: Stories of Connection for the K12 Online Conference (CogDogBlog)
Amazing CONnections (Brian Metcalfe)
Childish Openness, or, Dammit, Babies, You’ve Got To Be Kind (Joe Murphy)
Manzanita & Amazing Connections (Andy McKiel)
Real Connections (Ken Bauer)
The Conditioned (Shalla Monteiro)
Connecting With a Neighbor Via a Shared Flickr Photo (Sandy Brown Jensen)
My Dad, Frank Larkin (John Larkin)
Connecting (and Visiting Hawaii) Via DS106 (Sandy Brown Jensen)
A Dog Named Jimmy (Rafael Mantesso)
(Dis)connections (Simon Ensor)
Ten True Stories of Openness (Amy Burvall)
An Unexpected (Connected) Journey (Aaron Davis)
Why Open? (Greg McVerry)
Doors, Doors, Doors (Mariana Funes)
A Blog – Cello – Arizona – Taco Connection Story (Laura Ritchie)
JISC’s Use of Alan’s Photos (David Kernohan)
105theHive Student Radio #Radio4Learning (Heather Durnin)
Connections and Poems (Kevin Hodgson and #rhizo15)
From LinkedIn to Collaboratory Zone (Claudia L’Amoreaux)
A Story of Connections DS106 and the Ed Administrator (Kathy Onarheim)
I Heart Vine Videos (Andy Mead)
It Started with a Story (Cathy Dohn)
Clavier No Boundaries (Teresa MacKinnon)
A Wack Sack of Socks (Dean Shareski)
Somebody I’d Like To Have A Beer With (Alyson Indrunas)
Guitars, Amps, Cables, and Pedals (Alan Levine)
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