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12. Blog on, everybody!

Today I want to write about one of those "hallway moments" that people often mention with regard to conferences... although in this case, it was a food tent moment! After the engineering panel, it was time for lunch, so I found myself standing in line at the food tent, and I started a conversation with the person standing next to me. I thought I recognized his name -- -- and sure enough, he had chimed in here at the Community, and that is how I knew his name. Although it was just a brief conversation , we had previously had a back-and-forth in the global search discussion, which is why his name left a lasting impression.

So there we were with lunch on our paper plates and plenty of time before Jared Stein's keynote, so we walked back to the conference center and proceeded to spend the lunch break in a lovely conversation. He is from the U.K., so there were all kinds of things to compare/contrast and discuss, and he was also interested in project-based learning, all the dilemmas in providing good student support and feedback as students work on extended projects, etc. etc. LOTS to talk about. It was a complete pleasure, and I cannot think of any circumstances other than InstructureCon where Guy and I could have had such a nice encounter face to face.

We planned to meet up again at the UnConference, and I actually saw him in the hallway there at one point, but then when I went to talk to him afterwards, he had already left -- and had left his computer, as we discoverd later. I hope Guy and his computer were reunited before he headed back to the U.K.!

And that leads me to my general question here: how do we carry on connecting after the face-to-face moment is over? In Guy's case, we happened to need to contact him urgently that Friday afternoon to tell him we had found his computer (we emailed, since no one had his phone number; I really hope that reached him before he headed out of Keystone...) -- and now here it is in August, and I am hoping that I will get to learn more about what Guy is up to and how his school year is going, his school's Canvas adventures, etc.

Maybe that will happen here at Canvas Community (which is definitely a place to build your PLN in addition to asking questions about Canvas features), or maybe at Twitter (Twitter is very chaotic, but I've got Guy on a list so hopefully I will catch any tweets to come from @guy75)... or maybe at Guy's blog...!

And how do I know he has a blog? Because of something really charming he mentioned during our conversation: he had started a blog, but found he didn't have time for it. I hear that from people all the time of course... but Guy had a great acronym for it. Instead of tl;dr, his problem was tl;cw -- too long, can't write. I'm not sure where his blog lives on the web, but if he does revive it, I will read it! 🙂

Meanwhile, I'll be blogging here at the Community. I don't have time to blog, it's true... but I also don't have time NOT to blog, if you see what I mean. By blogging here at Canvas Community over the past two years (my Community-versary is coming up: I jointed August 15, 2016), I've built up a body of reference material that helps me in my work, saving me from reinventing my own wheel ha ha, and also making it possible to share my work with others. It sometimes takes time to save time, and that is how I see blogging time. I cannot imagine being a teacher without a blog.

And listen: you can blog right here at the Community if you want. Just go to the any of the group areas to see where your work fits best, and create a blog post. There are instructions for how to do that here:
How do I create a blog post?

Do you have ideas you want to save from InstructureCon? Then blog right here in the InstructureCon 2018 area! There are 78 blog posts in the InstructureCon area right now (here are mine), with room for an infinite number more! There's always room for more blogging...

So, everybody (and that includes you, Guy!), BLOG ON...!

cat leaning on computer keyboard

Descartes Cat says: I think, therefore I blog.

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Amen laurakgibbset your blog on people!

You raised some excellent points about blogging within the community. Like you, one of mine is that it becomes a way to save a bit of time with curating ideas and resources. Being able to share specific blogs with teachers I work with helps to hit the nail on the head sometimes too. 

I'm still hungry for blogs and discussions by K-6 teachers. What works for them and what doesn't. 

'The more we share the more we have.' Good old Leonard Nimoy.  

And Happy Canvasary!



Oh, this is such a great coincidence,‌: while I was wrestling with Canvas Commons search yesterday, I learned that the same Leonard Nimoy quote shows up when you get null search results. I'm pretty appalled with Canvas Commons search, but glad to find Leonard Nimoy when all hope is lost ha ha

Leonard Nimoy picture and quote

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Hey laurakgibbs‌ - thanks for the mention, and for the laptop which was fantastically recovered by the Monday.

Sadly TLCR - the misspelled but phonetically accurate R fitting better with TLDR - hasn't got any further than the first post back in June.  Am up to eyeballs in a new web scripting course development but your prompt is sure to help get something out there. 

If anyone knows a nice, seamless way to dictate a blog post while cooking, please let me know!  Google assistant and Keep is fine for a quick note walking to the car, but isn't up to the job of multiple paragraphs. While I wait for better suggestions, maybe I should try the Windows 10 dictation option.

And finally, thanks Laura for a lovely, interesting lunch and thanks to everyone for making my first InstructureCon a great experience.



Oh, that is very good news about the laptop,‌! Wonderful!

And I really like this idea of blogging-while-cooking: you can reward yourself with a meal at the end, ha ha. I'm guessing there probably are some very nice voice-to-text things you could do. carroll-ccsd‌ was also wondering about something like that I think (Hey, Robert, Guy and his computer were reunited as you can see!)

Blogs without paragraphs are fine anyway of course. You can always paragraph later. In fact, now I am imagining a blog done in Tarzanesque language, monosyllables with no syntax.

Or what if HULK blogged,ha ha...! If Hulk can tweet, of course he can blog

A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH 

There's EdTechHulk at Twitter 🙂

Edtech hulksmash screenshot