The EdTech Survivalists are heading to SXSW

Well, it all got confirmed today, Tom Woodward and I will be traveling together to SXSW. The trip is made possible thanks to Dave Lester’s panel on EDUPUNK that I will take part in, along with Barbara Ganley, Gardner Campbell, and Stephen Downes. I’m really excited for this talk, if not a bit nervous.

But I have to admit I’m even more excited about working alongside Tom to create a series of videos of as much of SXSW as we can. A kind of documentary of our time there, the only twist on that is that we’ve agreed to be in character the whole time as EdTech Survivalists interviewing folks about our current social, economic, and political climate as it pertains to education and beyond. I’m sure four days of sustained madness will give us plenty of fodder for some fun stuff. I mean when Stephen Downes is using The Day After to put our current climate into perspective, I think it’s a sure fire sign things are getting bad. It seems an important moment for us to try our hand at a little Dziga Vertov Man with a Movie Camera and get out there an try and capture the pulse of our moment survivalist style. So it’s going to be all work as play at SXSW, and I’m fired up for the opportunity. It’s time to dig in!

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8 Responses to The EdTech Survivalists are heading to SXSW

  1. Steven Egan says:

    I welcome the video documentary. Mostly, I really wish I could be there in person. I thank you guys for planning to record and share the experience. There should be plenty of food for thought.

  2. Cole says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing, watching, and reading about your time in Austin. I know you’ll rock the crowd as always!

  3. You’ll be playing Dziga Vertov the man or the political filmmaking collective? Or does it get yet more meta?

  4. Congrats, Jim!

    Your first address to the academic nation! I hope you’ll deliver a speech a-la Limbaugh tearing apart Google and the cloud!

    Now, seriously, for those of you watching on http:/// and on youtube, I want to tell you who we all are in this room. I want to tell you who edupunks are. We edupunks have not done a good enough job of just laying out basically who we are because we make the mistake of assuming people know. What they know is largely incorrect based on the way we are portrayed in pop culture, in Wired, by Wikipedia.

    This thing writes itself!

  5. In character? So, I’m guessing you’re not a method actor.

    The classics like Vertov aside, I’d say C’est arrivé près de chez vous is the film you emulate – so meta meta it’s almost zombie meta.

  6. Mikhail says:

    Looking forward. Pack your water treatment pellets.

  7. Reverend says:

    @Sean:
    It needs to be captured for all the survivalists like yourself who are keeping the basement stocked for the coming conflagration 😉

    @Cole:
    Wish you were going, we could have ourselves a fun reunion. Still reveling in ELI.

    @Trip and Wmrandth: There’s a lot of meta going on in this comment thread. Might that be the Vertov effect 🙂

    @Mikhail:
    I”m going all the way, I’m bringing a catheter!

  8. Dave Lester says:

    @Jim & All:
    We have the event listed on upcoming, so if you’re attending — let us know and we’ll see you there! http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1826307

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