> ---I guess Pam should invite and tell us what time to get on the webinar
> in conjuction with sam
Fred and everyone
# Invitation - My thinking is that everyone who is reading this is
invited - including lurkers (people who read, but have not yet written).
I won't write any specific names, but I am also sincerely hoping this
e-meeting will include as many as possible of the people who have
already demonstrated an interest by:
~ being at
Andrius' Webinar, or the simultaneous chat room, where
Samwel's Webinar was originally suggested
~ by helping people to get headsets
~ by posting emails related to Samwel's work or the Webinars.
# Timing - The original Trainerspod Elluminate Webinar was scheduled as
3.30 for a 4pm start (GMT). I imagine we will stick to the same time,
unless Samwel and Andrius suggest otherwise. With Trainerspod the first
half hour is used to get familiar with the technology, and for informal
"meeting and greeting" before the serious discussion begins. I think it
is a useful approach, to have some informal time first, and I also hope
that when it is officially over we will have a little time for informal
chat before we go our separate ways, but I feel it is up to Samwel and
Andrius to decide how long things should last and how they want to use
# Where - Andrius chat room - http://www.worknets .org/chat/
and Skype http://www.skype. com/intl/ en-gb/
# How things may go
I'd like to share my personal image of how things may go - but it is
nothing fixed, just ideas. I'll use my "ICT4D" checklist to structure my
# "I" reminds me of "Information" , or "content".
This is Samwel's webinar so he is the "information leader" - what we
discuss will be guided by his interests. If there is a power cut then
Andrius will guide the content, based on Samwel's interests and endeavours.
#"C" reminds me of "Communication"
Communication happens when there are "people with a purpose" wanting to
communicate with each other. Our main purpose at this e-meeting is to
get to know Samwel better - and his questions and endeavours, and to
discover how they overlap the interests of other people at
I hope Andrius will lead us regarding effective communication, because
he knows us all well, and is so effective at pulling different threads
together etc within the various Minciu Sodas groups. Also, we are
meeting at his invitation at the chat room - so I see him as "the host"
or "the chairman".
# "T" reminds me of "Technology" .
It is a good idea to try out the links before we meet, and sort out
passwords etc for logging on. You need Andrius' chat room - http://www.worknets .org/chat/
for typed chat and, if you have sound, you
can also join in through Skype http://www.skype. com/intl/ en-gb/
Andrius will need your Skype identity if you want to join in that way as
well as the chat room.
I will explain a little of what to expect for any "newbies". A chat room
is simply a group of people all
writing very short emails to each other
at the same time. The emails are usually only a sentence or two long.
Whenever someone "sends" what they are typing it appears on the screens
of everyone. It can be great fun, but can sometimes lead to confusion,
because often several conversations are going on a the same time. That
is why I suggest a chairman to help give our discussions structure.
When you type "yes" "no" "okay" "I agree" kind of messages it is helpful
to add the name of the person you are responding to. Imagine that I had
written an idea, and you started to type "I agree". Meanwhile someone
else got in just ahead of you saying "I think that's a bad idea". Your
"I agree" message would follow and seem to agree that "It is a bad
idea". If your message had said "Pam - I agree with you." it would be
much clearer what you meant.
Finally the "D" of ICT4D reminds us of "Development"
I hope that as well as
benefitting from the information that Samwel will
lead us in sharing,we will also be developing our skills and strategies
for meeting online, and becoming a closer group,
I look forward to e-meeting on Thursday.