Conversation with Ben Rimes

Join me Thursday, June 6th, 2013, for an live and interactive conversation with Ben Rimes, creator of the virtual Book Club 106. Please note that this show is 30 minutes later in the day than usual (so that Ben can be a good dad!).

Book Club 106 is an open online book club for educators that has been meeting weekly and so far has covered two books: Switch and What Video Games Have to Teach us About Learning & Literacy. In this community conversation (meaning, please join us both to ask Ben questions and to brainstorm together), we’ll look at the whole idea of virtual or online book clubs: do they make sense, how do they compare with in-person book clubs, and are they catching on? We will also drill down on the changing forms of writing (many of us are reading more short-form material, like blogs and e-books), the role of reading in education and society, and how the Web invites participation in the great conversations of humanity (and are we taking advantage of that?).

Ben can also give us an overview of the lessons he has learned about holding online book clubs, from inviting participation to the technology he has used. I’m particularly interested in this, having held a virtual book discussion or two myself and having been somewhat unsatisfied with the outcome–which I think may reflect my own lack of organizing appropriately rather than the potential of online conversations. I hope you’ll join us.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon

Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Time: 5:30pm Pacific / 8:30pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording: A full Blackboard Collaborate recording and an audio mp3 recording will be available at and at