Barry Joseph, director of the Online Leadership Project at Global Kids, has been really insistent that we take videos of presentations that we give at conferences and workshops, as a way of improving the way we talk about our work and the organization. This is often met with groans by staff (okay, me) because it involves one more thing you have to do, in addition to the other seemingly more pressing preparations involved in going to a conference and presenting. And really, who wants to watch yourself do an entire hour-long workshop again, flubs and awkward pauses and everything?
That said, I found it useful to watch these videos of myself leading an activity at the Digital Media and Learning conference in San Diego a couple of weeks ago, which Barry shot, edited and uploaded. I'm helping present the findings of a study called "Meeting of Minds: A Cross-Generational Dialogue on the Ethics of Digital Life." The specific activity I'm leading is called the "human barometer," a classic Global Kids group activity designed to facilitate discussion of differences in a fun and engaging way.
In general I think I did a pretty good job facilitating this activity and presenting the findings of this study. It helped that I had a really game, eager, and smart audience. And my co-presenters Shira and Katie were fantastic to work with.
[More about the "Meeting of the Minds" report.]