September 25, 2004

One Class Done

Originally uploaded by bdodge.
The first of our new 1-credit Saturday classes is over. Motivating Student Writing with Weblogs went pretty well for a first run, I think. Everyone created their own blog and designed a lesson that integrated blogging in some way. We had an iChat videoconference with Anne Davis in Georgia this morning that got us off to a great start.

Along the way, everyone got set up with accounts on Blogger, BlogLines, Furl and Flickr as well. So many free tools out there for anyone to use!

And tonight, I'm off to New Zealand. Busy day!


September 22, 2004

The Perfect Drug

I'm not sure what's ailing me, but I've been knocked out by low energy lately. So much so that on Tuesday I closed my office door and actually fell asleep on the floor for awhile. I dragged myself down the hall for my 4pm class, my pre-service-mostly-English-teachers class, and walked them through the process of creating their first web page. A few minutes into the class, I felt wide awake. I don't think anyone outside my head would have noticed, but I fell completely into the rhythm of teaching, all gears connecting, energy flowing exactly where it was needed. I was high on it. Endorphins washed away my fatigue. One of the students wanted to set up his own domain for some charitable work he's doing, so I stayed after class and walked him through the GoDaddy pages and by 7pm he had his own piece of internet real estate.

There's something about teaching. We're not in it for the money, so it must be this other thing that keeps us at it.


September 17, 2004

New Zealand Digital Archives

Since I'm leaving for New Zealand in a week, I was interested to come across Matapihi, an archive of 50,000 pictures and sounds from Aotearoa. Try typing in "bird" or "chief" to see the variety of what's in there. Every place should have resources like this.

September 15, 2004

Grooving with Gandhi

In these bellicose days, shouldn't we all get more familiar with the last century's greatest peaceful change agent? Of course we should, and ZMQ Software Systems shows the way. This Indian elearning company seems to do a little of everything. By clicking on the Virtual Gandhi Ashram you'll be playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire with the Mahatma in the role of Regis Philbin. World peace is just around the bend.

September 12, 2004

Six Days in Singapore

It's been a busy time here at the lCET 2004 conference. My keynote had around a thousand in the audience, and they dutifully laughed in the right places. Lots of sessions on all the latest topics: learning objects, building online communities, constructivism in all its forms. I did a Saturday workshop at the National Institute of Education for a smaller group and they were very adept at things. Very congenial and smart.

I've been hosted magnificently all week by grad school pal John Hedberg who has the unusual distinction of being blogged about in two places thousand of miles apart during the same week, both here and in Abu-Dhabi.

More pictures here.

Tomorrow (Monday) I leave for home, and though the trip will take more than 24 hours I will, thanks to the International Dateline, be back in time to teach my game design class at 7pm on Monday.


September 05, 2004

Off to Singapore

The plane is revving up its engines and I'm about to leave for lCET 2004. Twenty-three hours in transit, none of which will take place in First Class. I wish I could take about 12 inches off my height temporarily for days like this. Pictures and tales will appear here soon.

Oh, and by the way, today's my birthday. To celebrate, June & Alex took me to the Legacy of the Popes exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art yesterday. Made us all eager to see Rome sometime soon.


September 02, 2004

I've Made it Onto the Lithuanian Olympics Team!

The Geography Olympics team, that is. I clicked over to the Geography Challenge page and saw that I could choose a country to compete for. Since Sierra Leone wasn't on the list for some reason, I decided to help out my fellow Sons and Daughters of Lietuva.

To play, you have to identify 10 countries within 200 seconds. You can only play 3 times a day, but in my 3 times at bat I raised the average score for the Lithuanian team from 54.4% correct to 62%, vaulting the spunky little nation ahead 27 places in the rankings. I'll be back tomorrow to do my bit for Lithuanian pride. I got 9 out of 10 each time, but clearly I need to work on those other damn former Soviet republics. Can YOU find Tadjikistan on a blank map?

Last night June and I were helping Alex get ready for a quiz identifying the US states on a blank map. He used this online drill and learned most of them in short order. Still gets Colorado and Utah mixed up though.