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Conversation with Jeff Lebow from World Bridges on EdTechTalk this Sunday
Friday, July 13, 2007
Ok, a late announcement...

EdTechTalk Session Sunday July 15th!!!
On Sunday night at 8 pm EST (New York/Indiana time) I will be a guest on an online talk show. I will be talking about emerging technologies, my WE-ALL-LEARN book project (currently writing-—the learning world is flat book), my Empowering Online Learner book (in press with Jossey Bass), and my fall 2007 Web 2.0 syllabus and other various other topics at the Worldbridges program called EdTechTalk (though it we will start chatting at 7:45 and a program is on before me from 7-7:45) (New York/Indiana time). Links are below. (This is what I get for asking Jeff Lebow from Worldbridges questions for my book-—instead of answers on email, he invites me to his online talk show for a conversation.)

Per Jeff Lebow at Worldbridges ( "Go to since that is where all the action will be taking place live and where all of the media will be posted afterward. The audio stream should be on as long as the conversation is still happening. There are links at the top of the right column menu, but just in case there's any confusion, you can direct people to the text chat at and the listen page in at"

Jeff also said that "Along the way, we hope to be joined by students from Steve Kossakowski's 'Emergent Technologies' course at UNH who have been assigned to stop by our webcast and get a feel for our emergingness. Steve is using 'The World is Flat' as a starting point for much of what they're doing. His 'students' are primarily school principals and district administrators working on advanced degrees. Steve ( ) is an an Assistant Superintendent in Exeter, NH and will probably join in at some point in the discussion. If all goes well, it will just evolve into an interesting discussion and lines between interviewer and interviewee will fade away."

Many of my former students and colleagues will be joining in from around the planet. This will be fun! I am still not really sure what will transpire. But checking out EdTechTalk and Worldbridges, if you have yet to do so, is worth it.

More on Worldbridges:
Worldbridges is an online community or network for individuals and organizations the employs webcasting and other media delivery formats to connect people in learning forums, including Webheads for those interested in English as a second language (ESL) learning. Worldbridges is filled with podcasts about a range of issues. Worldbridges also sponsors the popular EdTechTalk show and educational programming related to Korea (i.e., Koreabridge) and Tibet (i.e., Worldbridges Tibet).

The goals of Worldbridges are relatively simple and straightforward, as follows, “Our primary goal is to foster understanding and cooperation amongst the citizens of the world. We value civility and respect, open source collaboration, fair distribution of income, and a sense of world identity.” As part of these efforts, Worldbridges seeks to foster positive systemic changes in areas such as education, the environment, and politics. It also supports reliable and fair commerce. And it promotes a “people’s forum” for more civilized discussion of problems, issues, and conflicts that pose significant challenges in united the people of this planet. Values supported by the Worldbridges organization include respect and civility, fair distribution of income, world identity, and open source collaboration.

Jeff Lebow began experimenting with Worldbridges ideas (initially called “World Explorer”) when starting his master’s program in Training and Learning Technologies at the University of New Mexico in 1993 after a year of teaching English in Thailand (Worldbridges, 2007). At that time, Lebow became excited at the possibilities of the convergence of intercultural interaction and collaborative and interactive online technologies. After completing his masters, he returned to Asia—this time Pusan, Korea—where he taught English as a university and began to experiment with online audio and video, which included covering the Nagano Olympics in 1998. After burning out on all his activities and attempting to envision and build a webcasting network his life took a turn, or as he puts it, “I decided to quit my job, shave my head, and go to India for a while to contemplate the next chapter, for me personally and for Worldbridges. After some quality offline time, I decided to give Worldbridges a shot.” In Lebow’s vision for Worldbridges, he sought for it to become a means for using Internet technology for a global webcasting network of people. And it has!

So, perhaps now you are intrigued enough to join us at the session on Sunday. Feel free to listen in and text in a question. Or listen in later. Or ignore.

Feel free to forward to others. Enjoy your weekends. Also note that there is now a link you can click on to subscribe to my "TravelinEdMan" blog (look to the right).

References and Resources:
Text chat at
Listen page in at

Worldbridges (2007). History of Worldbridges. Retrieved July 10, 2007, from
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 7:07 PM  
  • At 4:07 AM, Blogger MW (My Wish) said…

    I've never used worldbridge before but will explore later. Too bad I am going out of town for a hot spring trip, otherwise I will for sure to listen. I hope some of your friends are able to log in. Let me know next time if there is something else going on. I love stuff like this.

  • At 4:39 PM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Will do Lori. This is a good experiment. I will see who shows up. I also do not have to fly anywhere and still can hear from many friends.

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  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…


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About Me: I am a former accountant and CPA and a former educational psychologist. I am now Professor of IST at Indiana University and also adjunct in the School of Informatics. I founded and later sold SurveyShare. As president of CourseShare, LLC, I run around the world training instructors to teach online and give motivational talks about emerging learning technologies. I also write and edit books related to e-learning and blended learning. See bio and vita.

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