February 11, 2006

TCEA Reflections

Well, I shouldn't just gripe about presenter rudity without turning the spotlight on my own presentations in Austin. I had two. First up was an introduction to QuestGarden
which seemed particularly appropriate since QuestGarden debuted in very early beta form in a workshop at TCEA a year ago.

I got off to a rough start since the data projector didn't arrive until three minutes before the presentation was to begin. I usually reboot my computer once the projector is attached to clear out any cruft that had accumulated in RAM over the previous few days. But I didn't do that and so midway through the talk the dreaded spinning beachball on screen let me know that Firefox had stopped responding to my wishes. Had to restart and tap dance through the long process of getting back to where I was. Since the demonstration of QuestGarden, the heart of the session, was cut short, it was not a completely satisfying experience for me or the audience. I'd give myself a C+.

The second presentation was called GeoTeleWikiPodBlogCasting for Understanding and this is the first time I've given it. I began with a quick review of some of the coolest applications of geotools, wikis, blogs and podcasting, then cautioned against doing things just because they're cool, and then went on to speak more generally about how these tools and sites can be applied well to teaching and learning. Unfortunately I didn't pace it right and spent too long on the examples. That cut short the time I had to cover designs and strategies for teaching which was really the most important part. No technical problems, though, so I'd give it a B.

I've got a list of things to do to bring both presentations to an A grade next time so it wasn't a total loss.



At 10:57 AM, astephens said...

I attended your GeoTeleWikiPodBlogcasting session and I would rate it an A. :) You may not have discussed everything you wanted, but you were interesting, gave good examples and caused your audience to leave with ideas of how they might apply these technologies in their classroom. Yours is the only session I wrote about on my blog. Thanks for what I consider to have been a great session.

At 1:47 PM, Beccy R. said...

I loved your session on GeoTeleWikiPodBlogcasting! I, too, don't like to introduce things to my students just because they are cool---with your information, I think these are wonderful tools for teachers and students! I left your session with great ideas and my mind racing. Thanks!!

At 4:53 PM, WBall said...

I too attended your GeoTeleWikiPodBlogcasting session. Once again you have sparked the imaginations of many in your audience. Unfortunately, I will go nuts until I can find the aircraft utility you demonstrated. Thank you for sharing your spark.

At 5:12 PM, Bernie Dodge said...

Thanks for the positive comments!

There was lots of interest in the demo of flights landing at LAX. To add that to your own copy of Google Earth, go to http://www.fboweb.com/antest/ge/intro.aspx

At 12:16 AM, Anonymous said...

I also attended GeoTeleWikiPodBlogcasting session...A+ Time well spent! I was looking for inspiration and found it there! manso3

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous said...

I attended your 2nd session in Austin and I've spent all afternoon exploring Google Earth and the Degrees of Confluence Project. I loved your session! I rode the hotel shuttle bus with a "stranger" who was at your Webquest Garden presentation and she gave it an A+. She didn't mention any technical difficulties at all. :)

At 5:43 PM, Robin said...

I attended both sessions and loved them! I know we didn't get to see a lot of the Webquest Garden, but what we did see makes a lot of sense. I am going to present the tool to my teachers this Spring. The GeoTeleWikiPodBlogCasting was very informative and got all of our minds turning. I do agree I would have liked to hear more about the affordances of each tool. Although, I don't know if I would have appreciated that information as much as I would now that I went home and played with the tools you presented. I considered both presentations time well spent, and the best I attended of my 4 days at TCEA.

At 3:56 PM, janice said...

I was also at both of your sessions at TCEA. I felt for you in the first one with the technology glitches, but I think we are all used to that. The beauty of your presentations is your low key enthusiasm for education. As many people mentioned this is a chance for us to learn about new tools or be reminded about old tools and try them again. It was nice seeing you.



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