Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sapna and Angana are showcasing WAVE on May 12 in Washington DC

Hello everyone!
Angana and myself have been invited to attend a showcase event for Digital Media and Learning competition 2 winners on May 11 and 12 in Washington DC. We're currently working on a 3 minute video about WAVE for the same event, so watch for that soon.
:) Sapna.

Friday, April 9, 2010

HASTAC 2010: free, virtual, international conference April 15-17, 2010

Greetings colleagues,

It is with great excitement I write to let you know about our virtual HASTAC 2010 conference April 15-17. Here's a few teaser titles from some of the presentations:

Future of thinking: Learning institutions in a digital age (with Cathy Davidson and Theo Goldberg)
Now what? Rethinking the digital media participation gap
Should the technology match the pedagogy? Interactivity and critical pedagogy
Avoiding a cultural bottleneck: Networked, distributed and agile collaborations
Google technologies for collective mapping
Real collaborations for social change
Digital pedagogy and literacies for the near future (Holly Willis)
Interactive experience and world design (Steve Anderson)
Demystifying cloud computing
Storytelling tools for social change (featuring VozMob)
How I learned to stop worrying and love media obsolescence
Lowering the barriers to communication
Community, collaboration and innovation
Student-produced documentaries on the Web
Future of computers in classrooms
There are many more presentations, so please check the schedule (link below)!

HASTAC 2010: Grand Challenges and Global Innovations, our first-ever entirely virtual HASTAC international conference begins 9am CST on April 15 and ends 7:30pm CST on April 17, 2010. Many thanks to the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science at the University of Illinois for hosting this free, entirely virtual, and international conference.

The preliminary schedule of events for HASTAC 2010 is now available at

Participation details

To register for HASTAC 2010:

1) Visit to register. Registration is free.

Once you have completed registration:

2) Visit Scroll to the bottom of the page to "Request an invitation." It will take 24-48 hours for your application to be approved and google will notify you that your wave account has been activated via the email you provided them. If you already have a wave account, then you are already one step ahead. For those unfamiliar with wave, we encourage you to test it out once your account goes active. Help for wave is available:

Wave will be main way for conference participants to interact with one another. There are a variety of ways to interact, but the most common will include using Wave for live chat. For each presentation, a Wave will be pre-established that includes biographical information of the speaker(s), video, link, abstract, welcome statement and other presentation information.

You can view the conference schedule at: The conference will launch at 9 am CST on Thursday, April 15th and is currently slated to end by 7:30 pm on the Saturday, April 17th. You can attend all events by visiting the conference schedule link above and click on any presentation link to access the Wave. Presenters will be live at their scheduled times, and will check in to interact over the course of the conference.

Finally, if you want to participate in Second Life events (some very dynamic SL presentations are on the schedule):

3) visit to register for your free account and customize your avatar. There will be SURL's for the Second Life events that will take your avatar directly to the location for presentation. For those who want to participate, but do not want to meet in Second Life, there will be a Wave for interactive chat. See conference schedule for more details.

Feel free to direct friends, colleagues, community members to: so that they too can join in this exciting event. We are already seeing quite a crowd of people register and tweet HASTAC 2010.

Sheryl Grant
Director, Social Networking
HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 now live!

The WAVE website is now live!

You can visit either OR - whichever you find easier to remember ;)

We have over 35 profile videos, 9 training videos, and some cultural videos from all over the country!

Read about our bloggers, check out our new video production toolkit, pictures and much more!

Stay tuned for more videos frequently added, and the new Hindi website to be launched in the near future...

Send in your feedback, we would love to hear what you think :)

The Heretics - New documentary about a Feminist Publication in the US during the Women's Movement

Check out the 10 minute trailer produced by my friend Crescent Diamond. Also notice the nice editing techniques that can be used in WAVE videos!