Jim "I’ve got your children" Groom – Edupunk Posterboy, originally uploaded by bionicteaching.
Three recent triumphs by everybody’s favorite edupunker Jim Groom that merit some shout-outs:
I was on an airplane when the recent NMC Online Conference in Second Life session with Jim and Tom Woodward went down, and while I feel very fortunate to be here in Barca, I will always regret having missed out on this. The Revolution Will be Syndicated is a wonderful summary of where the work of personal toolsets and radical reuse stands right now, and it’s done with a sense of fun and inspiration that is simply awe-inspiring. Toward the end of the video, when Wish You Were Here (one of my all-time favorite songs) kicks in, and Jim and Tom open fire on the audience with their flamethrowers, and a voice pipes up “Jim Groom I LOVE YOU MAN!!”… I nearly wept tears of joy.
WordPress Revolution by Tom Woodward
It’s tempting sometimes to get swept away with Jim’s anarchic nuclear-powered presence, or his wild symbolism and humour, and to forget just how seriously and intelligently he works through these issues. So it’s a real treat to hear Jim finally get to do a keynote at WordCampEd in DC. The richness and deep thinking on the subject rings clear, and the passion is unparalleled – as about ten people who were at the session have subsequently commented on their blogs or on Twitter: “now I know why they call him The Reverend.”
But in terms of a contribution to the broader culture of education, Jim may have made his most profound contribution to the field with a criminally under-recognized post entitled Cloning the UMW Blogs Empire. It’s been understood for some time that UMW Blogs is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to the establishment of a WP blogging system as an educational publishing platform and as the basis of a campus community. But there’s only one UMW Blogs, and only one Jim Groom, right? Well in this post Jim describes how “two years worth of iteration and development [has been] given to Longwood in less than an hour” by the full sharing of a toolset, configurations, customizations, and documentation.
In an era in which budgets are tight, and getting tighter, I cannot fathom how work like this isn’t banner news across the blogosphere.