This just gets stranger and stranger. Barring any late breaking important news (maybe Britney getting another tattoo or something?), I will be appearing on Seattle talk radio next week. (For those who are more casual readers of The Fischbowl, this is particularly strange because I live in Colorado.) It seems that a friend of the producer of The Dave Ross Show was sent an email with a link to the video that shall not be named (with apologies to J. K. Rowling). After doing a little research on the web (I imagine with three hours to fill every day, they are pretty good at doing a little research on the web), they gave me a call. After thinking about it for a night – and checking with my district to make sure this was all okay – I decided to say yes (although I may still chicken out). You can’t change the world by whispering and all that . . .
Dave Ross is an apparently popular talk radio host on KIRO in Seattle, and does commentary for CBS Radio. (He also ran for Congress in 2004, but narrowly lost.) He wants to talk to me about the Did You Know? presentation and what the ideas it contains mean for education. According to the producer, she thinks it could be fifteen to twenty minutes, but I should set aside half an hour just in case (my bet is the over/under is more like ten minutes, but we’ll see). Then after we’re done, he’ll open it up to callers (I don’t have to be on for that part, which is a good thing for my sanity).
So, why am I posting this on the blog? First, because it’s another chance to point out how the world has changed. As I’ve said many times before, if a simple little PowerPoint that I almost didn’t even show to my staff . . .yada, yada, yada – you’ve heard this part enough to know what I’m going to say. But it’s still worth repeating, if only in your head.
Second, because I’d like your help. You see, I’m just a tad bit nervous about this. The producer has assured me that this is not “gotcha” talk radio, but still – up to thirty minutes? Live? On talk radio? Yikes. As the folks in my building will tell you, I can certainly talk for thirty minutes. I’m just not sure I can talk intelligently for thirty minutes. I’m generating my own ideas of what I’d like to talk about and what points I’d like to try to make, but the producer has indicated that the host does not work off of a prepared set of questions – he pretty much wings it. This does not help my nervousness any.
So, I’d like to ask two things of the wonderful readers of The Fischbowl. First, leave a comment on this post about the one point (or two, or three, or . . .) you’d most like me to try to make about all this stuff we’ve been talking about on our blogs over the last couple of years. It probably needs to relate at least peripherally to the Did You Know? presentation, but probably just about anything we’ve been talking about will. This is the easy one - anyone can do it – and I hope you will.
The second thing I’d like to ask is a little more “out there,” but it sounds really good in my head. You see, the Dave Ross show is streamed for free on the Internet. You can tap into the stream here. You have to register – for free – with an email address and some other info, but there's not even a confirmation email (you can just login after registering). So, I’m thinking that if you are available at 11:00 am Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 17th, maybe you could listen in. But, of course, I don’t want you just to listen, but perhaps call in (877-710-5476) after I’m done to add your two cents – or possibly fix any horrible gaffes I’ve made.
But, wait, that’s not all. You see, if you’re listening while I’m actually on, maybe you could help me while I’m still talking. Skype, anyone? What better example of how Web 2.0 is changing everything, including education. Think of it - a few of you, after reading this on my blog (probably through your RSS aggregator), listen live on the Internet, then Skype me (text IM) while I’m talking (via VOIP) and give me suggestions. There’d be a few ground rules (no berating the nervous high school guy while he’s talking live on the radio), and I’m not sure how good I’ll be at multitasking like that, but I think it would be interesting to try.
So, if you’re available at that time and at all interested, I’m karlfisch (Centennial, Colorado, United States) on Skype. Please request my contact info via Skype no later than 12:00 pm Mountain Time on Monday, April 16th, to make sure I have time to add you to my contacts. Please include some info about yourself so that I know who you are. Then, if anyone actually takes me up on this crazy idea, initiate a chat session with me at about 10:45 am Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 17th (check the blog first to make sure it hasn't been canceled or postponed - I'll post if there are any changes). That way I’ll have the chat session(s) open well before my time on the air starts. Once I’m on the air, if you have something to add you “chime in” via Skype IM with very brief, helpful messages about points I might want to make. Assuming I can handle the multitasking (which is a big assumption), I’ll occasionally glance at the chat session(s) and see if there’s something I can incorporate (no promises).
So, am I completely nuts? Next question please.