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Podcamp Barcelona Educational Podcasting

written by Stefaan Lesage on 21/09/2009

This weekend I was invited to go to Podcamp Barcelona and give a presentation there. It took me a while to decide on the topic of my presentation, but I decided to go with Educational Podcasting.

My Presentation

Goal

Before leaving for Podcamp Barcelona I had a specific goal in mind. I didn't want to convince everyone in the room to start using Podcasts in the Classroom, although that would have been nice. My goal was to share my opinion with them, tell them why I think podcasting is a great educational tool and show them a few examples of existing podcasts. My only goal was to inspire them, get them interested at looking into the subject of Educational Podcasting and make them think about how it could be used in an educational environment.

Result

I have uploaded the Presentation to Slideshare and included it in this post.

Apparently the session has been video taped as well, and is currently being processed. Once the video is available somewhere, I'll make sure to post a link to it on the website.

Other Presentations

Of course I wasn't the only one presenting at Podcamp Barcelona, and there were plenty of other interesting sessions. Thanks to the simultaneous translation of Spanish / Catalan presentations into English, I was able to understand what they were saying, and actually learned quite a few new things.

Steve Lawson : "Amplified'09"

I met Steve Lawson on Friday. He's a great guy with fantastic ideas and in my opintion an excellent 'communication starter'. At podcamp he was telling us about Amplified '09. The concept is easier to understand, than it is to explain it. They are actually Amplifying events and bringing different networks together. He explained it to me as a network of networks. He talked about how Social Media can be used to gather ideas, start inter company projects and share knowledge.

David Allen : Creating a Succesful Podcast

David is the guys behind the Mac20Q (Mac 20 Questions) podcast, and a few other podcasts as well. His goal is to show us the tools he is using to create his podcasts and how he uses Twitter and other Social Media to connect with people he can then interview for one of his podcasts.

He was also talking about 'protecting your brand', and tells us we should register on all Social Media related websites (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Ping.Fm, ...) using our brand namen, even if we don't plan on using it. That way you protect your brand and register it's name, prohibiting others to use it in your place.

Catavino : Wine and Social Media

Catavino is a website with information on Spanish and Portuguese wines and has a worldwide audience. They started as one of the first Wine related blog, and are active in a small niche. Meanwhile they are the most comprehensive and educational website covering Spanish and Portuguese wine, iberian food, culture and travel. One of the things they organize is wine tastings, and that is exactly what they did at Podcamp Barcelona as well.

Dolores Reig : Free

Dolores did a great speach on changes in Education. She talked about some of the problems we currently have with education being and even suggested a few ways in which we could solve those. She presented some new business models which could be used to solve a few problems (copyright for example) and also discussed some options and tools for free education.

Gregor Gimmy : Sclipo

Sclipo is actually one of those Online Education related websites and is somehow a mix of Slideshare, Flickr, Youtube, ... The whole website is designed to help people learn and tech better using things like a Webcam-based classroom for live teaching & Webinars. Gregor gave us a quick demo of Sclipo. I have been using Sclipo to upload some video tutorials to it, but I didn't know it had all those additional features. I will have to check it out.

Delphine Lebédel : Woman & Mozilla

Delphine told us a bit about the History of the Mozilla project and the different types of team members and how they collaborate together. She also presented a new project, which is called "Women in Mozilla". As we all know the IT world consists mostly of men, and in Open Source communities the percentage of female participants is really low. The goal of the Women & Mozilla project is to promote the implication of woman in the FLOSS world in general, and particularly in the Mozilla Project. I have to say, that I'm all for these kind of projects, so if you are interested in it, please have a look on their website and help Delphine spread the word.

Podcamp Barcelona 2009 was a success

For me, Podcamp Barcelona was a success. I have been getting great feedback on my presentation, learned a lot of new and interesting people, and even learned some new things as well. I would like to thank everyone who helped organising this event, especially Chris and Anna, the translators, technicians, presenters and public. Thanks to all of you Podcamp Barcelona 2009 was really worth it !

Comments

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    Hey Stefaan, thanks for your kind comments. One of the great things about doing the PodCamp is bringing so many people from different backgounds together and seeing all of their perspectives.

    Your talk is certainly generating a lot of notice here and I’m glad you got so much out of it.

    It was great meeting you after knowing you virtually for so long too ;)

    written by Chris on 21/09/2009
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    Hi Chris,

    You are right, there were a lot of people there, all with a different background, and even a few different countries.  I personally learned a few new things from some of the Spanish speakers.

    Well, if it is generating a lot of talk in Spain, then I can say ‘Misscion Succeeded’, as that was my main goal.  I know I will be unable to change the educational system on my own.  But if I can inspire some poeople to start thinking about using new technologies in education, then we might be able to get there.

    I’m glad I have been part of Podcamp Barcelona.  The organisation was well done, and I know I would have missed out on a lot of stuff if you didn’t supply the simultaneous translation.

    I have to say that I was also impressed with what you guys are doing at Citilab in Cornellà.  Really wish we had something similar here in Belgium.

    Send my regards to the whole Podcamp Barcelona and Citilab Cornellà.

    Regards,

    Stefaan

    written by Stefaan Lesage on 21/09/2009
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