Recently, I participated in my first Blab. My buddies Jenna and Clara from Class Dojo and Ten Marka had me on a Blab to talk Growth Mindset, and while the platform is not perfect, it got my mind churning on how can I use it to advance the Edu Cause. My first thought was to go to something I heard about at a conference and is the title of my website...Ed Tech Speed Dating.
If you have not seen Blab, it goes back to one of my favorite terms in ed tech something on Steroids. This is Google Hangouts and Skype on Steroids. The idea is that you have a video conference show with up to 4 people live on video. Others can join in to what amount to a chat room and ask questions, and if there is an open spot they can then call in and be live on video. The person setting up the blab is the moderator and they can decide who gets to go live on video and who doesn't.
Experiencing this caused me to combine it with another idea...speed dating with ed tech. The idea is that someone gets on pitch to present their app or tool, and at the end we vote on which tool we want to hear more about. Then my mind went to time. I did not want to speed date for a full 30 mins. That would get boring quick. What else could I add to the show? I decided to add a short interview with the folks that actually work for our favorite companies, and then I thought why not connect it! Whoever wins the smackdown on the previous one will be the interview for the next show! I think I now have a format I can work with.
Will the be great right away? Probably not. I think I have a format though that people will like. We will interview ed tech leaders, have a q and a with them, then a smackdown, then decide on a winner. Hopefully you will join us on Jan 11.