So the ADCE is finally going "live" ... it has been an interesting journey getting to this point. Selecting technologies, discussing policies, and all the details of creating a community like this one. We had a soft launch earlier in the year and by all indications it appears as though this could become a very valuable resource for us all to utilize. For it all to really work, there needs to be a feeling by the community that they are in control of what goes on here ... it is critical to allow us to play nice with each other. It sort of reminds me of what Adam Curry used to say about the Daily Source Code Podcast -- it’s the place users and developers party together. What does that mean? Well, to me it means it is a place where people like all of us -- educators, administrators, lurkers, thinkers, and others get a chance to hang out with the people who are actually doing this stuff, building our tools, and envisioning new opportunities.
Apple has decided to help us all find a place to sit down, share some ideas, and chill ... you know a place to start our conversations. That is important.Will this space be perfect the first day the doors open -- no. Will it be perfect in a month, a year, or longer from now? Probably not. But at the end of the day, we have the ability to create what we want, what we need, and what we feel is the appropriate place to hold our virtual conversations. I'll do my best to throw some things out there for you all to react to and I'd love to hear back from you. Drop comments on me ... make me work. Let's get together and talk about some things ... the first step towards changing what goes on in and outside our learning spaces starts with discussion. I am hopeful that we will be able to come together and make that happen. It could be an amazing opportunity ... seems to me like it is up to us.