Saturday, April 5, 2008
Closing the Forum
Thursday was the last day of the forum. Although there were less than 100 attendees for this first event, those who attended definitely got a lot out of it. Hats off to Don and Lynn for pulling it together on relatively short notice. I was thrilled to be a part of it and hope to be invited back next year. The focus was primarily on technology in the classroom, but there is also interest in online. Maybe next year we can have a stronger track based on possible research between now and then (to gauge interest). I was fortunate to meet a lot of new people who made the trip even more fun than I expected. Here's one picture of the attendees listening to a demo on SMART boards. At the close, Don handed out beautiful (and heavy!) crystal displays that include the name of the forum, the name of the larger event, GETEX, and a 3-D image of the Burj Al Arab -- the largest hotel in the world (321 meters). We didn't get to go there but I took some pictures of it from a slight distance. I feel privileged to have been able to work with all of these folks. The talent among them is amazing. I've also included a shot of us during our debriefing.