Your Name and Title:
John Graves, PhD Student. Founder and CEO of SlideSpeech
School, Library, or Organization Name:
AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Language in Which You Will Present:
Short Session Description (one line):
Learn how to reach learners -- globally -- via the web and mobile devices at no cost
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Imagine a Wikipedia-scale resource of learning materials. The English language Wikipedia has 4 million articles, 25 times as much information as Encyclopaedia Britannica. New technology allows us to collaborate to build a new system of linked lessons which will enable anyone, anywhere to search and learn whatever they like, at any time.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Just making sure--this is not a commercial project, right? Otherwise, you have to be a sponsor to present.
SlideSpeech is free.
Being free and not being commercial are not the same thing.
Learning 2.0 is open and free to all attendees, so if you are a commercial venture we ask you to help support the conference by becoming a sponsor.
SlideSpeech is open and free to all non-commercial users. It aims eventually to build a marketplace for on-line learning materials and offer a subscription plan for commercial use (such as mobile advertising) to subsidise the free collaborative development, use and distribution of learning materials, globally. Think Wikipedia with a store attached for premium content.
SlideSpeech has no revenue at this point and, frankly, almost no money, since every penny we have is going into product development. Take a look at SlideSpeech.com and you'll see there currently is no way for us to charge for anything. So SlideSpeech is a no-profit company, at least for now.
If, given these circumstances, you still insist on sponsorship, let me know what is required as SlideSpeech just had a good session at MMVC12 and it would be nice to have a similar success at Learning 2.0. Here is the MMVC12 presentation: http://slidespeech.com/s/ilalo5jgen/
The unconference session, Seemless Learning and the Mobile Lesson, was not as successful as the equivalent session at MMVC12. Clearly learners who are accustomed to having a live person or talking head (video) are going to be better able to follow live webinar-style instructions than those who are coming to the interaction "fresh" -- as billions of new mobile-only learners are about to.
I have the distinct impression that what we have right now is the same situation Henry Ford faced when he worked to popularize the automobile. Mobile learning technologies have the ability to transform on-line learning "from a very expensive, heavy, hand-built toy for rich people into a lightweight, reliable, affordable, mass-produced mode" of learning for people who have a mobile smart phone but no shoes, living on a planet that desperately needs to get smarter, soon.
OK. When SlideSpeech interactivity is enabled, you will be able to add interactions like this one.