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Worldwide Read/Write Web

Today was a pretty good Monday. I got to spend the day discussing the read/write web for learning with a great group of educators from all over the world.

Everyone’s here to attend the Jefferson/Overseas Schools Technology Institute (JOSTI), an annual conference hosted by our sci/tech magnet school for teachers and tech support folks from American schools overseas.

My part of the day was a three hour workshop presenting an overview of the basic tools of the read/write web. Despite the fact we had no AC, on a day when the temperature hit the low 90’s, things went pretty well.

There were a few glitches, of course. I probably should have checked ahead of time to see if the school was blocking stuff like iTunes (they do). And I should have reviewed my web site one more time to make sure all the links were in place.

But it’s the people, of course, that makes any session a success. And the group we had this afternoon were great, asking good questions and offering terrific ideas.

The only problem with doing a conference like this is that there’s no follow up. I would love to know if they take any of this stuff back and make it work in their schools.

Oh, and I also did a short talk during the opening session. However, I don’t remember much about that. I’m not a talk-with-a-slideshow kind of guy so I think I blanked out for those fifteen minutes.

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  1. Miguel Guhlin

    Hey, that’s what digital audio recorders are for–those 15 minutes of fame! Just strap one around your neck and carry it around! (smile)

    As to follow-up, I know what you mean. That is what always drove me nuts when I delivered workshops that were “supposed to make a difference” in teaching.

    But then, you realize that adult learners take what they want from a workshop. It’s not your obligation to enforce change, but to set yourself on fire. If they happen to catch fire or just end up smoldering, or getting dipped in the pond, c’est la vie.

    Actually, you just let their bosses worry about that aspect. All you have to do is set ’em on fire.


    Miguel Guhlin

  2. tim

    I’m not thinking it’s my responsibility to make sure the participants use the knowledge. It’s really more of an ego thing. I’d just like to have some reassurance that I was able to get at least a few of them started on something new.

    But with this group, I really would like to follow up by following them them back to their schools… in Brazil, Denmark, Kenya, India, and some other very interesting places. :-)

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