Archive for July 24th, 2006

Adam Geller, a current Teach For America teacher, has just announced TeachFor.Us, a special instance of the ibiblio developed multi-user blogsphere Lyceum. TeachFor.Us is available to all TeachFor.US (a UNC School of Journalism grad) describes the community this way:

TeachFor.Us is a blogging community created by a current corps member for all Teach For America corps members to document their teaching experiences.

TeachFor.Us makes it easy for all corps members to have a blog without having to worry about any technical aspects. Just register (takes about 5 seconds) and start blogging immediately! Every blog in the community gets a customized web address — http://yourblog.teachfor.us.

TeachFor.Us is free for all corps members. There are no costs now, later or ever!

The TeachFor.Us first-year Big Goal is 100 active bloggers in the community.

Links:
Teach For America
Teach For American blogsphere
Lyceum the open source blogsphere
ibiblio.org developers of Lyceum

Contacts:
TeachFor.US – Adam Geller ageller AT gmail .com
Lyceum – John Bachir jjb AT ibiblio .org, Fred Stutzman fred AT ibiblio .org
ibiblio – Paul Jones jones AT unc .edu

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BarCampRDU was the 3rd unconference that I’ve been involved in organizing in the past 18 months. And I’d have to say that it was the best one so far. Fred did a bang up job of using the BarCamp infrastructure of wikis, blogs and lists to work for the conference in advance and in securing sponsorship.

Podcastercon drew over 300 people, but it was national — over half of the attendees weren’t from this area. Triangle Blogger Conference was my first and although it went well, I think our version depended too much on having too many people in the same room for too long. Also both of these were on the UNC campus in the winter which meant that parking and the like were more challenging.

BarCampRDU
had the advantage of a great location and very good sponsorship from local tech oriented organizations — thanks to Red Hat (for the location and more) and to Lulu.com, rPath, 6th Sense Analytics, BlogAds, Aurora Funds, and the Council on Entrepreneurial Development.

Some press:
News and Observer did a fine BarCampRDU write up on Saturday (the morning of)

as did the WRAL.com tech blog earlier.

on the WRAL hosted Tech Wire
and Local Tech Wire itself
ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette reports as it happens

and WRAL’s Local Tech Wire has a good writeup.

About 150 pictures of BarCampRDU are posted publically on Flickr

Fred’s summary and thank yous are here.

BarCampRDU

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