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Heading to Ohio…

On Sunday, I’m heading to Ohio for the Ohio Digital Commons for Education 2007 Conference (say that 10 times, fast). The confernce organizers have set up a conference blog…and given permission for certain individuals (myself included) to post comments and reactions to the conference. Much like our classroom walls are opening, conferences today enable greater dialogue in advance, during, and following the event. The audience, like learners in classrooms, have a voice through blogs, wikis, and podcasts. And that’s how it should be. Something as simple as providing a conference tag (in this case, ODCE07) allows learners to find each other in varied blogs, flickr accounts, and search engines. As we see the shift in attention from the experts (who play a role, just not the central role they have perhaps become accustomed to) to the learners, audience, readers, listeners, and viewers…we get a sense of just how profound our world has changed over the last several decades.