#140edu 2012

As requested by Jeff Pulver…

Looking for your help – please help me invite educators to #140edu

I am reaching out to the greater #140conf community and I am asking for a favor…I need your help to invite educators to join us at #140edu (http://140edu.com) taking place July 31 – August 1 in New York City at the 92nd Street Y.

I would greatly appreciated it if you could take a moment and forward this email to your friends involved in education. Please also include any friends who are parents who live in the metro NYC / NJ / CT area.

With the support of Chris Lehmann, Principal, Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia we are putting on our 2nd event to take on an issue of our generation…Education

Thanks to the #140conf community, I was able to curate what I believe will be a great two day conference. You can review the schedule over at: http://140edu.com/schedule.

Our event is unique and will be exploring how the real-time web is effecting education and a chance to catch up with some of the educators who are leading the charge and bringing change to education.

My challenge now is to do everything I can to make sure as many people as possible who have a vested interest in the future of education become aware of this conference.

This is where you come in. With your help, I believe anything becomes possible.

The event pricing is optimized to bring together educators, students, parents and the education industry. The cost to attend this two-day conference for educators is only $1.40; students $14 Parents $14; and for vendors in the education industry $140. To register, please visit: http://140edu.com/register

My hope is to bring together the most diverse community of people who are passionate about the state of education.

If you have a vested interest in the future of education, please make it a point to join us at the conference.

Hugs, Jeff

I’m Now a Rebel

Admittedly, it’s not as cool as when the Christian Science Monitor called me “snooty” but it’s cool all the same.

I’m talking about a new service called RebelMouse.  It’s currently in invite mode but I thought I’d apply and grab “dougpete” while I could and before someone else did.  RebelMouse calls itself your “Social Front Page”.    It sounded interesting and so I applied for an account a while back (couple of weeks) and was told that I was waiting.  Quite frankly, waiting quickly becomes forgetting for me.  That is, until I received an email indicating that I was “in” and my account now active. 

Of course, I had to check it out.  Just what I needed though — another web presence to create and manage.

Except RebelMouse was different.  I had tied my Twitter account to RebelMouse and it was doing its thing for me.  Its thing is to follow my conversations and interactions from Twitter and puts it together on my RebelMouse page!  All of this, without my interaction at all.  How incredibly cool is that?




My immediate thought for a use was to show those who have trouble seeing the value of Twitter as a resource and learning environment.  Sometimes, it truly can be a hard sell when you show a typical Twitter stream.  It’s text and URLs and the value can sometimes be a little difficult to explain.  Here, it’s right up front in your face.  Want to know what dougpete is talking about on Twitter?  Don’t work your way through my Twitter history, check out my RebelMouse page at http://www.rebelmouse.com/dougpete/.  That’s all there is to it.

The second thought is that the presentation is a great deal like that other popular service.  Every story is an image that lets you click through to the original article.  Yes, uh, it is.  The only difference is that it’s all done automatically here. 


Well, almost everything.  RebelMouse makes a judgement call on content – it looks like the determining factor is whether or not there’s a graphic on the target location.  If there is, it goes right on the page.  If not, it goes to a section called “Drafts” where presumably you could fix it up and post it.  Once posted, it’s there for anyone to enjoy.  If you need to fix it up, there’s a set of tools that becomes visible when you mouse over any of the content posted.



You do have control over the way that it interacts with your Twitter account.

The icons are pretty straight forward … edit, move, freeze, delete. Ooooh.  I’m liking this.  But, it’s the top one that’s really interesting. It’s your own analytics for clicks on the link. 

Now, I’m not sure that people care that much about what I’m doing but you don’t have to be alone with RebelMouse. You can add collaborators as well. The developers have made a “Stick it” bookmark that you can use or share with team members to post directly to the page. So, if you were putting together a commonly created internet resource, add some authors, give them access, and let the collection collect!

There are a number of combinations to let you tweak exactly what it is that appears on your page.


I know that there are many people looking for a curation tool that works like this.  This may just be the solution.

Presumably, you could tie your Facebook account into this as well.  I’m not sure I want to go that far.  I tend to be more personal there than I am on Twitter and who is interested in my dog threatening to call the Humane Society after a defurring session.


I like what I see so far.  I’m going to play with this for a while.  If you’re “in” as well, I’d be very interested it your thoughts and ideas about how to use this service.

OTR Links 06/25/2012

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.