September 30, 2005

Flying over Fire

I did a couple of workshops in Lubbock, Texas today with some great enthusiastic teachers. On the way here via Las Vegas, we flew over the Simi Valley fire. It seemed as though the pilot made a point of going around it as we flew north along the coast and only turned eastward when we were over Oxnard. Pretty amazing sight from 20,000 feet up. Almost like a mushroom cloud reaching far up into the atmosphere.

Tonight I'm in El Paso, getting ready for a keynote and a day full of smaller sessions at the TnT conference. Then home tomorrow night.

September 18, 2005

Third Day in Santiago de Compostela

What a beautiful city. I just finished speaking at the Congreso Nacional do Profesorado de xeografia e historia. We've been wonderfully toured and fed, but now we're ready to get home again. Last night we saw a WebQuest authoring tool done in the Galician language that was incredibly slick. Nuria Abalde, our host, has just given me a CD by Milladoiro, a very old Galician folk music group. June took some great photos which I'll put up on Flickr soon.

We leave in a few minutes Sunday afternoon and will be home Monday morning in time for a search committee meeting and two classes. Long day ahead!


September 03, 2005

The Potemkin Village Idiot Strikes Again

From Kevin Drum in The Washington Monthly:
There was a striking discrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV.

ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.

The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.

Lately it seems as though the US media has reached back and rediscovered its spine. I hope they'll follow up on this if it's true.

Update - September 7, 2005
But wait... there's more!

And a friend wrote to compliment me on the wordsmithing of "Potemkin Village Idiot". I googled it and found that the phrase has only been used three times before and I'm the first to apply it to Bush. It seems so completely appropriate. Pass it on!


September 01, 2005

QuestGarden Goes Public

At a wonderful event hosted by the Educational Technology Department of San Diego Unified School District, at 4pm today I demoed QuestGarden at its new, post-beta-test URL:

It was a great venue to be in, as I spent many hours with the group in the early WebQuest days helping with the Triton and Patterns projects. Some of the teachers and leaders from back then were in the room, along with telecommunications legends Al Rogers and Yvonne Andres, and four former presidents of San Diego Computer-Using Educators (including two Dodges). Lots of old friends and some new ones. Got great questions from the group and a list of new ideas for features and partnerships. They're archiving the presentation for later streaming.

There's an overview of QuestGarden here.

The baby is born. Now on to version 1.1.