I just learned yesterday that my favorite asynchronous video conversation/discussion tool http://seesmic.tv is being shut down on December 1. (tomorrow) i am devastated by this news.
I know I am being hypocritical lamenting the loss of this tool…I always tell the faculty I work with NOT to get attached to “tools” as they change, get bought and killed, or just disappear… I tell them to be fearless and that there are tons of tools, so that if one goes away, there are others to take its place http://www.appappeal.com/web-2-0-application-world-mosaic/ I tell them that you need to start with a learning objective, NOT the tool, and you just need criteria to evaluate tools – Does it help you achieve your learning objective “better, faster, safer, easier, or cheaper?”
So, I made the mistake of getting attached to this tool… I LOVE http://seesmic.tv/alexandrapickett for many reasons and am very sad that it is going away. It is the only tool I know of of its kind and would really appreciate any suggestions for alternatives.
I love it
- Because it is NOT youtube.
- Because it facilitates online asynchronous VIDEO threaded discussion.
- Because it is simple and beautifully designed - a simple idea and simple to use.
- Because the embed widget is beautiful and functional.
- Because it enhanced my connections to and conversations with students and colleagues all over the world.
- Because it facilitated conversations with those I consider “rock stars” in my field. People I do not know in RL that I never would have met or had opportunity to talk to otherwise.
- Because it allowed me to teach “outside” the box of my course management system and blur the boundaries of my online classroom walls.
- Because it allowed me the opportunity to invite the world into my online classroom to converse with my students. – and they came! See: http://seesmic.tv/threads/2s7FBTpoND & http://seesmic.tv/threads/zoJ4Uxx9JO 7 http://seesmic.tv/videos/whfffNRvSL – The people in these conversations are my ROCK STARS!
- Because it allowed my students to have access to and to interact and converse with experts.
- Because it allowed me to express and enhance my social and teaching presence in my online course and allowed my students to do the same.
I <heart> seesmic and am not ready to let it go. This tool has so much potential for online teaching and learning.
I wish there was a way for small tools like this to be saved from extinction for use in education.