Blab

Blab

Yesterday, I had another one of those cool experiences; I got to talk with some friends about technology using new technology. Yesterday, I participated on my first Blab chat with Cody Connor and Debra Beck. We talked about different technologies we were using on our individual campuses. In this post, I want to let you know a little bit more about Blab.Im.Blab.Im is a new Web-based, live, social, video broadcasting application on which 2-4 people can come together for a conversation that the world can view. If there is an “open seat”, anyone can join the conversation. This morning, I was watching a Blab that was just ending, and the moderator invited others to join the chat. Blab.Im can also be recorded for later replay. Blabs can also be scheduled so that you can create an event around a discussion topic.

To get the most out of Blab, you should log in with your Twitter account. Once logged in you can 1) start a new Blab, 2) watch an on air Blab, 3) see what is scheduled, or 4) watch a Blab replay.

Blab participation options

Blab participation options.

Here is the basic nomenclature of a Blab session.

Basic Blab Session

Basic Blab Session

  1. Shows who is actively watching the Blab session.
  2. Identifies if presenter is a host or guest.
  3. Tally of number of total visitors and current viewers.
  4. Blab topic.
  5. Shows if session is being recorded or not.
  6. Tweets announcing the session. Recommended to always send out a tweet to let folks know you are on.
  7. Presenters.
  8. Props let presenters know they are saying things that resonate with viewers.
  9. Live chat showing who have come and gone as well as questions and comments.

Here is a nice tutorial by Steve Dotto on how to use Blab.Im.

A couple other notes

/Q followed by a question in the chat will result in a Question flag.

When done recording, the host will get an MP3 and MP4 video as well as embed codes. The Embed codes will allow you to place the session on your own site.

Here is a link to a playlist about Blab.

I would like to thank Dr. Deb Beck, the NPMaven for hosting yesterday’s session and Cody Connor’s participation. I always love to share ideas with these folks, and I am grateful for the invitation.

This is very cool technology with lots of potential. If you have questions, please contact me, I would love to explore the possibilities with you.

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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