Posts Tagged ‘conferences’

I’ve officially moved my blog to from my site. It will allow me to utilize a variety of new feature, host ads/sponsored post, and a little more freedom to customize in the future.

I’ve enjoyed my time on but it’s time to move to my own hosted site. I’ll be posting soon on the difference for those interested in blogging.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to move since I’ve had the domain and hosting for awhile now.

I’ll be redirecting this blog soon, since all the archives have been moved over successful. Make sure to subscribe to my new blog! 

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Professor Josh New Website

Check out this photo gallery from BarCamp Orlando hosted at Wall Street Plaza on May 18, 2013.

Check out this video featuring lots of other photos from the event.

barcamp orlandoBarCamp Orlando is coming  back to Downtown Orlando very soon. When you think BarCamp, you might be thinking mixing drinks and juggling bottles but it’s not about that at all. BarCamp Orlando is an annual community-building event which aims to bring people from different backgrounds together for cooperative learning. Technologies such as Ruby, PHP, Java and C could be presented alongside graphic design, music, photography, and other new media.

They typically provide free T-shirts and lunch to all attendees with assistance from sponsors, since the event is totally free to attendees.


  • 9:30 am – Doors open, sign up starts for giving talks
  • 10:00 am – Talks begin at all venues. Each presentation will last 25 minutes (we recommend leaving 5 minutes at the end for discussion)
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch is served
  • 1:00 pm – Talks resume
  • 6:00 pm – BarCamp ends and the after party starts

Why not come out to learn and share? I’m sure I’ll be presenting one of my fun topics too! 

For more information and to register:

Check out this video from BarCamp Orlando 2012 (you might even see me!)

It’s almost that time of year. Blackboard World is right around the corner and it will be hosted in Las Vegas this year. This year Blackboard is hosting a contest to become a VIP BbWorld Blogger!

BB the Robot wants to remind you why I should be a VIP Blogger for BbWorld13!

Who wouldn’t want Professor Josh to be their VIP Blogger, especially on anything EdTech related! I’ve worked in higher education for over 15 years with over 9 years experience teaching educational technology to future K12 teachers. I have a Master of Arts degree in both Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology with a graduate certificate in e-learning. I currently work at the top community college in the nation, Valencia College, as an instructional designer helping faculty navigate the world of Blackboard every day. I’m also an associate faculty member for the Educator Prep Institute teaching the technology for educators courses and IT department teaching Social Networking for Job Search.

Want to know more? Check out my awesome infographic resume!

If you are reading this, you already know my blog, which focuses on a variety of educational and technology related topics.

I also blog for our department at Valencia – Learning Technology Services Blog, which will include coverage of BbWorld for our faculty.

Many other schools have referred to the resources and the blogs we have developed, as they make the transition to Blackboard.

I’m on the planning team for a number of technology related events in Orlando: Florida Bloggers Conference, iSummit, TechVenture,  and Startup Weekend Orlando.

I have been a speaker at numerous conferences on social media, multimedia tools, universal design, networking in the 21st century, and other topics.

BB the RobotHere are some sample of other conferences and events I have blogged about recently:

Why do I want to be a BbWorld Blogger?

I’m a blogger at heart! It would be a great experience to actually get a VIP treatment as bloggers at an event like Blackboard World. Many companies are just now understanding the influence of bloggers and social media to propel their company to new heights and be advocates. This opportunity would give me a chance to have access to a variety of keynote speakers and other privileges that would help me create a number of unique blogs on the Blackboard World experience to bring back to our faculty and staff. We have been with Blackboard since the start of Blackboard Learn 9.1, through SP1 to SP11. I’ve been through the ups and downs of a new software that is ever evolving. Blackboard always has some big announcements planned for BbWorld. It would be great to cover them in person.

Please share this post with @Blackboard #BBWorld13 on Twitter and tell them why you think Professor Josh should be a VIP BbWorld Blogger!

This was my fifth Startup Weekend Orlando event as a mentor. Why do I volunteer my time to be a mentor at Startup Weekend?

It’s due to a couple different personal reasons:

  1. I enjoying giving back to the community with my knowledge and expertise in a variety of areas. 
  2. I believe in helping build Orlando’s tech community and I believe this is one of the events that will help build this community needed to grow.
  3. I like to network with like minded individuals, including participants, mentors, and organizers.
  4. We have fun! If you aren’t having fun at startup weekend, you are doing it all wrong.

It’s amazing to see how tight our mentor group is with the tech and business community in Orlando and how we all want to help blossom. Many of the mentors stay a majority of the weekend in Orlando, which isn’t the same at other Startup Weekend. I have always tried to attend Friday night, a good part of Saturday, and part of Sunday (including final pitches). I think this time gives me a good chance to see the teams grow, teams go through various stages, and really make an impact on the community we are trying to build.

SWORL Mentor Sketch

We do mentoring a little different in Orlando from various other startup weekends. As mentors we signup for various shift during Saturday and Sunday. Each shift tends to overlap to give us time to have mentor meetings; where we can discuss groups, check on group statuses, and are able to divide up certain talents to assist the teams who really need the extra push in the right direction. We love to use whiteboard with lots of markers representing different status levels for key parts of the pitch that need to come together by the end of the weekend. This lends itself to a 360 approach to mentoring that continues throughout the weekend. Throughout the weekend we encourage mini pitches for them to keep practicing on getting their ideas out. Sunday we have signup times for them to pitch to mentors for feedback before meeting the judges. Giving time for teams to add, delete, and modify pitches. It’s satisfying to watch these teams pitch, showing how far each has come along this 54 hour journey. Many mentors stay connected with various teams after the event, helping guide and connect them to the right people.

I think everyone has finally recovered from 54 hours of coding, designing, and hustling. It’s always a truly amazing experience.

Just some basic Event Metrics! 
Metrics: 87 attendees, 37 ideas pitched, 12 teams formed
Congrats to the winners:
Frisbee – Frisbee is a proximity-based social network that allows users to communicate with the other people in their same vicinity.
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CareSpotter – CareSpotter is an online Senior Care marketplace that empowers families to connect directly with local Professional Caregivers.
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GITForce – Collaborative development for the platform.
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SignWaive – A liability waiver application for businesses that will allow providers to process payments and enable business to engage with their customers through email and social media.
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Get a quick video recap of all the excitement over the #SWORL weekend:

When is the next Startup Weekend Orlando?

Be on the look out for the next Startup Weekend Orlando in the next 3-4 months.

Stay connected with other attendees
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Join our Group
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Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, mentors, and host

SponsorsFlorida High Tech CorridorSeminole Technology Business incubation CenterSeminole State College CEDStartup Orange CountyADTOffice DepotCostcoMarriot OrlandoFlorida SBDCSCORESeminole CountyBraathe EnterprisesVesta TeleradiologyGizmo ProductionsAspireduOrlando iOS Developer Group, Professor Josh, and Orlando Tech Meetup.

Speakers: Peter Atwal and Jerry Ross

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The Judges: Henry Dreifus, Dr. Melissa Kuchma, Arthur Pancoe

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Mentors and VolunteersJosh MurdockNancy ReilandEddy BorjaAmy KirklandJoshua JohnsonMaria Rodriguez-ScottKen YorkRobert GoetzSterling BatesShawn Moore

Mentors working with teams

OrganizersOrrett DavisChristine OrtizRon Ben-Zeev

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Our HostSeminole State College @ Heathrow

Connect with the Orlando’s startup and tech community:

Here are just a few upcoming events and resources to stay connected with what’s going on around Orlando.

Orlando Tech Meetup
EdTech Orlando
BarCamp Orlando
Orlando Startup Digest
Orlando Tech Events 

See at the next Startup Weekend Orlando!  #SWOrl

Don’t forget about Trucks and Tech event this Thursday 4/25!


Startup Weekend Orlando #sworl is returning to Orlando, helping startups form, build, and pitch over a weekend (54 hours). On April 12-14th, Startup Weekend Orlando will take over the Seminole State College Heathrow Campus with dozens of new startup ideas being pitches and only a few making it to the final round of pitches to see which one will become victorious.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Get registered today!

Startup Weekend Orlando Judges

Trailer on the Startup Weekend Experience:

Past Startup Weekend Orlando events:

Startup Weekend Orlando EDU: Video Montague 

Startup Weekend Orlando Global Startup Battle

Startup Weekend Orlando EDU: First in Southeast

Startup Weekend Orlando Building a Strong Tech Community

edcamp orlando logoThe very first EdCamp Orlando was quickly develop in order to start create an environment of educational innovation and sharing in a style very similar to BarCamps or an UNconference. UNconferences are host to have people signed up in the morning to share something they learned, are passionate about, or want to have a discussion about with a community of like minded individuals.  EdCamps happen around the world through the Edcamp Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, to provide organizational and financial assistance to Edcamp organizing teams, promote their events, and help ensure the Edcamp (unconference) model is implemented with fidelity.

EdCamp Orlando ( was hosted on March 9, 2013 at Lawton Chiles Preparatory School in Longwood, FL.  Doors opened at 8:30 am with registration, breakfast, networking, and session-building with your colleagues. This is when participates signed up to lead a session, prepared for the day’s events, and met some new friends.

At 9:00, the organizers kicked off the UNconference and EdCamp Orlando got underway!

edcamp Orlando christine

Each session was 45 minutes in length, and there was 15 minutes in between each session to allow participants to navigate the building, network, tweet, and reflect on their learning.

The first session I attend was by Dr. Thomas Ho (@DrThomasHo) – Why use technology in 21st Century Learning?

edcamp orlando thomas ho

Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) and (@jswiatek) focused on PLN (personal learning networks) sharing examples and discussions on why they are important. Jerry shared his site (which is amazing amount information for educators), including a site devoted to PLNs

EdCamp Orlando Sketch

Carlos Fernandez (@Fernandezc4) discussed the Flipped Classroom 

edcamp orlando PLN

Lunch was provided and attendees were encouraged to sit with someone new, meet and greet people they never met and use this time to network, collaborate and share.

After lunch we were suppose to have a Google+ Hangout with 5 other EdCamps happening around the globe but something must have happened and we had to improvise. We instead did a rapid fire of favorite apps or websites to share which was a great lead into my session on Widget and Gadgets.

edcamp orlando app share

I (@professorjosh) actually gave my Widget and Gadgets talk before at the FLBlogCon last fall, but wanted to share with educators some of the same widgets and gadgets they could use to enhance learning and their own learning.

edcamp orlando professorjosh

Keep an eye out for the next EdCamp Orlando, most likely happening this fall (date soon TBD) but check out other EdCamps happening around the world via the EdCamp Calendar.