Assuming a reasonably fast Internet connection is available Monday at the COSN conference in Washington D.C., I’m hoping to broadcast both my concurrent sessions as well as the “vendor demo” I’m sharing about using cell phones for learning over on my “Moving at the Speed of Creativity Live” channel. Throughout the week (hopefully, pending a speedy 3G network connection in the Washington D.C. area) I’m hoping to share some live broadcasts on this same channel, with my 10 year old son, from around the D.C. area. I’ll announce these live presentations via Twitter, if and when they take place.These sessions are scheduled for:

Monday, March 10, 20081:00 PM-2:00 PM (U.S. Eastern)CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSION IIM205: Remix & Reuse: What Educators Need to Know about Creative Commons, Copyright, Fair Use, and Intellectual PropertyEssential Skills: Essential Skills: Ethics and PolicyEducators and students all need to understand not only the basics of U.S. copyright law as they relate to the creation and publication of media products, but also the opportunities presented for legal remixing and reuse of media materials licensed through Creative Commons. This session presents practical suggestions for schools, educators and students to avoid intellectual property liability problems and to empower learners to legally create and share a wide variety of media and knowledge products on the global stage.2:35 PM–2:50 PMCell Phones for LearningPresented by Wesley Fryer, Director of Education Advocacy, AT&T Oklahoma, AT&TiPhones in the classroom? Are you kidding? No, I’m not! Cell phones are often banned in the classroom or banned from schools entirely. Yet most cell phones today have more computing power than those that were available to NASA during the Apollo space program. In this presentation, we will explore ways that cell phones, including the iPhone but not just the iPhone, can be used to help learners access Web-based content, remix it, share it, collaborate with others, and to create media-rich deliverables for the classroom teacher as well as for a global audience. A specific focus on using cell phones as mobile recorders for digital storytelling projects, like the Library of Congress’s Veteran Oral History Project, will also be included.Key Points/Objectives1. Cell phones are powerful technology tools, which many students have now and can use constructively for learning at school;2. Cell phones can be used as mobile audio recorders for digital storytelling projects; and3. It is critical that educators help students develop good decision-making skills to use with powerful digital technologies in ethical and constructive ways.

After we get settled in our hotel in D.C. we’ll do some testing with Ustream to see if the local cell network connection can provide enough upstream bandwidth for the UStream connection.Has anyone tried or heard of others trying to do this over a 3G network connection on Ustream before? If anyone has any tips or suggestions I’d be glad to hear them. We do have an external camcorder and long firewire cable to use for the video source, which should make the video quality much better than what we’d get with just the built-in iSight camera on my Macbook.Technorati Tags:, , , , ,

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5 Responses to Live over UStream from COSN in Washington D.C.

  1. Charlene says:

    Hi Wes
    You might want to change the link to — the sharing link didn’t work for me. Also, did you see the tweet from @khokanson re: the letter from her supt. Posted at:


  2. Tim says:

    The weather around here should be pretty good for doing some touristy stuff. I can’t tell you about the speed of the 3G connections on AT&T in this area since I have an iPhone and chug along with EDGE. 🙂

    Unfortunately, I don’t get to go to CoSN but I’ll tell the folks attending from our office to sit in on your sessions. They really need to hear both of them.

  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    I fixed the link Charlene, thanks so much for the help! No, I hadn’t seen that letter… That is the perspective taken by 99% of the school district leaders out there, however. I am interested that in the program brochure for the COSN pre-con about web 2.0, the language specifically says they are not endorsing web 2.0 use… “becoming a cheerleader.” I hope they share ideas from the pre-con online via podcasts and videos. If I was going to bet, I’d bet they won’t share recordings like that for free, maybe as a “members-only” benefit behind a login or for a fee. It will be interesting to see.

    Tim, I hope the Ustream presos work. I’ll try to use the hotel/conference Internet for the sessions on Monday. We’re in the shuttle now enroute to the airport, so I’ll do a test later tonight and see what the connectivity on Ustream is. Right now the software says I’m on EDGE but getting 866 down and 246 up. It will have to be faster up for Ustream to work, I think.

    This is, officially, my first blog comment posted from a shuttle van… not on my iPhone.

  4. Gary Stager says:

    See you there.

    I’m doing a session, “Papert Matters: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas,” plus participating on a panel about sustaining 1:1 on Tuesday.

    Stream away!

  5. Charlene says:

    Hi Wes,
    Continuing the conversation… see Kristen’s blog at

    Hope I can catch some of your streaming tomorrow!


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