We agreed to have lunch at 12:15, meeting in the Foyer.
I wish you a cheerful and rich conference venue, please bring a skol for me!
Sylvia and Cindy, I remember when we met in Toronto at the Telelearn 2000 conference, and had dinner & dancing :-)
Blogged my view at this flickr & video opportunity at elgg
Yes, I have met John and Bonnie and Sandy at e-Learn.
I am trying to paste in a flickr badge with my pictures ... but it appears that Moodle does not allow that.. most blogging systems do...
A posting as promised John!
What an amazing conference. I recognized John immediately, catching him off guard as he had no idea who I was. I was most surprised to meet Salvor whom I assumed was a handsome Mexican from her Flicker site and pictures. It was most confusing and a little disappointing to delete the handsome Mexican from my head. However, Salvor's enthusiasm, humor and warmth more than made up for my disappointment.
Salvor and I spent an incredible networking lunch with people from all over the world. At our table were people from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Japan, USA, and South Africa. Included in the group was myself, of course from Canada and Salvor from Iceland. Where else can one sit with such an International group and have so much in common. We got into a fabulous discussion on podcasting which became somewhat heated and captivated our collective attentions long after the rest of the room had cleared out.
It was an amazing experience. It was decided that we must all attend EduCa in Berlin and eLearn 2006 in Hawaii next October.
(How's that John)
During a chat session yesterday as part of our Enhancing Online Communication seminar we were accusing one member of posting her daughter's picture. It was just too hard to believe that she could have a daughter old enough to be married!
I still haven't bumped into you, Salvor. Big conference! Today will be the day.
A handful of others were Somehow, to me it did not make that much difference that I was today connecting from home, in another continent - Europe, Denmark, Farum. I felt srtongly conencted - aslo because our conversation was circling around our shared interests, ed tech, virtual communication strategies - and a bit of local conference related social smalltalk; with me having sweet memories from another edtech conference, the Telelearn 2000 in Toronto where I WAS present live, on location and already a virtual member of the Global Educators' Network. I recall from that occasion how I felt I had to find Sylvia (we were going to share an expensive hotel room), and I hadn't received a message from her that she would only arrive the next day! My memories are a mixture of the scheduled presetations, workshops keynotes and poster sessions that I attended, and the more informal social networking, the reception , the dinner and dancing, and a visit to a beer restaurant. I could make a lot of name dropping from those three days, so rich of impressions and inspirations.
As part of a small leader team, I am going to deal with the practical administration and social facilitation of a one week all online conference starting in just ten days. Chaos reigns in many corners, and some technological challenges are now less threatening as we have kept nudging the tech developers until they started bug fixing, and the presenters are getting more and more ready, etc etc. We even have a strong hope that Salvor will soon get in touch again. (Better go straight to me and Anne Fox; Michael D. seem to be a very busy person these days, Salvor!!
But - what if we arrange an online conference, and nobody will join us! It is open and free of charge, so we do not have registration lists to give us a hint. I think we should find a way to make people want to join the Moodle forums for each presenter/discussion leader. I was some involved in the knowtips online conference in February - but I am not sure how we managed that logistic detail. And we should follow up on our first email flyers with a more intensive campaign among the target group : Nordic language educators (and anyone else) with an interest in ICT, voice communication, social tools, etc, to enhance the Nordic neighbour languages. Whoa! It helped me clarify my thinking, to start writing to you as if we were still together in yesterdays' chat room; I guess this is a matter of trust building and a feeling of connectedness! www.nordiskestemme.dk
Well, dear Vancover conference friends, have fun at your dinner and meeting!
If I could afford it, I would be happy to join you and get fresh inspiration. Yes, perhaps educa in Berlin; that's not very far from Denmark...