I was honoured to be invited to deliver a keynote at the CNIE conference being hosted here at TRU. But with the other keynotes being Audrey Watters and Nancy White, I knew I would be held to a very high standard. Desperately casting about for a gimmick, I stumbled across an idea that worked better than I could have hoped.
Jason Toal was a huge help to me in developing my first-ever talk on educational technology back in 2001, and for this one I turned to his alter-ego Dr. Jones to DJ the session. The arrangement forced me to be a little more mindful of what I was doing, yet preserved a lot of spontaneity, and I was delighted to be among those surprised by some of the sounds he dropped while I was babbling. Dr. Jones made this session, it was a blast working with him, and I am so glad we got to to do this together.
Another huge debt of thanks are due to the participants of the pre-conference SoundCamp workshop that we (myself, Jason, Jon Fulton and Grant Potter) facilitated. We gave the participants the challenge of creating audio clips that we would then incorporate into the keynote. They more than rose to the occasion, and their work is in the mix! throughout the session.
I have posted the audio, visuals and assorted links at: http://abject.ca/eat-the-data/
To be honest, I struggled with how to represent this barrage of ranting, sampling and animated GIFfage, I hope this does an OK job of it.