It's been nearly a week since our initial virtual meet-ups for EduBloggerWorld. Since the meet-ups, I've had a little time to think about what we experienced, and what we accomplished. As a result, I will now share a few observations I have made and pose a few questions for our community to answer. I will be frank and open, and encourage your thoughts as to how we can improve.
A Few Observations
First off, Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis have worked very hard on this. Their efforts should be applauded. I enjoyed both Elluminate sessions that were held, each for different reasons.
Being led by different people, both Elluminate sessions differed in purpose and scope. This difference was good, as we all experience "different strokes for different folks". In the future, I think that sessions should be led by an even wider range of individuals - as our network is full of quality educators from around the world.
The attendance in both sessions was comparatively sparse. In total, there were probably around 35-40 people that attended some or all of both sessions. Compared with the 350 members of our community, I was anticipating a higher turn-out. One of the things that made the original EduBloggerCon so exciting was the high turn-out. There were nearly 100 bloggers present.
Attendance by EduBloggerWorld members from countries outside of the United States was extremely sparse. I'm not exactly sure on the numbers, but I would guess that there were less than five that attended both sessions from countries other than the U.S. Given that the whole reason this network was created was to enable international participation, I was very disappointed to see such a sparse turnout. I thought for sure that there would be at least one or two of mis amigos hispanoablantes to show up, as well, but their seemingly thriving sub-community went unrepresented in either session.
At this point, I would like to nominate several people for positions as Global Greeters. I feel very strongly that it is time for a few more "non-yankees" to assume leadership roles within our community.
Second Life sessions didn't take place - at least as far as I could tell. I wasn't able to jump in-world during the times listed for Aug 23 (I did hit the Bloggers' Cafe just before the 2nd Elluminate session), but don't think anybody gathered.