June 10, 2005

Catchup Blog Entry

Bless me reader, for I have sinned. It's been four weeks since my last blogging. Too busy doing bloggable things to actually write anything down. To break the fast, I'm just going to list and point and that will have to be that.

After Florianopolis, June and I went on to S?o Paulo for another presentation and a day long WebQuest workshop. It was so great to reconnect with old friends like Luciano, Seabra and Marta, and to meet people like Barbara Dieu who I had only known before online. Jarbas took us to the old public mercado which was filled with great photo opportunities, and while I was doing the workshop, SENAC arranged for June to have a professionally guided tour of the city. She saw things that I've never been to in any of my four visits. There's a slide show here.

The day after we got back from Brazil, it was time for graduation and all the usual congratulations and goodbyes.

The day after that, I started a four day workshop for faculty at SDSU which covered blogging, RSS, WebQuests, video poetry, wikis, digital storytelling, all kinds of stuff. It was great fun and went quite well. It was put together by a team that included Bob Hoffman on our EDTEC faculty and the famous Alan Levine at the Maricopa Community College system. We managed to design the workshop collectively using Skype and email without ever getting together face to face. One lasting residue of the workshop is a set of tool sheets that provide quick summaries and starting points for these new technologies for teaching.

A week later, a whole platoon of faculty and deans visited Apple for discussions about how technology can help us reinvent what we're doing as a College. Some secret stuff was shared, enough to make me glad to have kept the Apple faith even through the bad years.

And in between all that, I've been working on my own secret project which will be rolled out at NECC on June 28. Lots going on!


At 3:46 AM, Lesley said...

Love the tool sheets. I have a lot of exploring to do. Thanks.

At 5:50 PM, Tamara said...

Hey Mr. Dodge :)

Glad to see you around. You know what? The webquest project we did in your class was a key factor in me getting two interviews at a school up in LA. I didn't get the job (at least not that I know of yet :) But, I am so glad to have these to share.

Glad you're doing well. Great Brazil pics!


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