One thing we can do is aggregate Google calendars. The Classroom2.0 Ning has a great calendar which I grabbed the embed from. I then grabbed a bit of code in my own calendar (which I own) where I'm updating the TAEdTech events I'm coordinating for Sundays at 1300 gmt (5 pm in UAE). By splicing that into the embed code I got off Classroom 2.0 I created a combination Classroom 2.0 TAEdTech calendar.
Jim Buckingham sent me the keys to a Google calendar he, or someone, is maintaining for TESOL Arabia. When I can grab a moment I'll find the little strip of RNA that will cause it to replicate and morph into the TAEdTech Arabia Classroom 2.0 calendar. After the code update, that TESOL Arabia events will update automatically in our calendar at our Ning.
Now if Heike is keeping a Google calendar and if she'll give me the code I need I could add Avalon.
This is my contribution to our getting the word out. Aggregation is pull technology, where you set up filters to feed the content you want into one space. In this way, when Heike in Germany updates Avalon the information comes to us automatically. We don't have to maintain it at all.
Sending messages out to lists is push technology and requires constant maintenance. I don't mean to detract from that because it's the way 90% of the world still works, and I appreciate it very much when people make those announcements.
So if someone can handle that side of things I think that will be great. But eventually I hope that people will come to the Ning to see at a glance what's going on in a large part of the EdTech World.
Thanks Vance ... I get the idea and can visualise all this ... however, I'm having trouble with the new TA combo calendar as can only seem to see half of it!
Can I get alerts from this site just for calendar updates?
Yes, we need to add in Avalon in view of upcoming SL Languages Conference.
And ... this is the woman who told everyone at the Retreat that we need to publicise in every way possible from posters/flyers on walls to Nings n things! (And, as u acknowledge, that's absolutely true!)
Please Vance - is there a way to add the TA combo calendar Jim and Rehab compiled into the TASIGs YahooGroup ... and assuming you have access (a Yahoo profile) please could you do that for me? Thanks everso!
Sorry, I promised to do it last weekend and was about to but couldn't find the links to their calendars. So I wrote for help and I believe they've added me now. But it's always a matter of finding the moment to do it. Hopefully soon, seems the urge to sleep gets in the way (no time at work :-(