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Thanks for mentioning Cover-it Live -- it never occurred to me to use live blogging for a synchronous meeting, but it makes perfect sense.

I'm not sure which host for Elluminate called you at home, but the version inside Blackboard or Moodle does not require that, and is available to you. If it was CCCConfer, I think they do that because if you're conducting the session and they're providing call-up access to students who aren't using microphones, they probably want to reach you if you mysteriously disappear from a session due to a computer error. I'm guessing, but I don't think they meant to be invasive. I always give out the school's number for stuff like that.

Some folks deal with overwhelming social sites by using RSS feeds, pulling everything from FB, friendster, LinkedIn etc into one place in a local RSS reader or Google Reader. Of course, the latter means giving Google access to all your passwords for all your sites...spooky.

It seems to me that most of the convenience factor of using the web requires stuff that is spooky, now that I think about it!

Jim Sullivan

One of the things I found myself thinking about as I read your post, David, was what we can request as reasonable support technology for students to invest in. I think a microphone is fair in almost every imaginable case, but I think if skype or elluminate or other tools where you really want to look at students and have them be able to look at each other are a big part of your work, then asking students to have a camera on their computer or regular access to such a computer is reasonable. Of course, if we only use something requiring a camera once in a while then requiring them to invest in technology seems unfair. Just something you got me thinking about...

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