On January 31st, 2009, I had the great opportunity of presenting at Nipissing University’s Pre-Service Teachers’ Infusion Conference. That’s really not newsworthy…except, I was in Sri Lanka and the conference was happening in North Bay, Ontario! Then, to make it a truly global experience, the presentation was twittered a few times during the week, announced on the Classroom 2.0 “Live” notice board and also promoted through emails. I was extremely pleased when we ended up with around 24 Pre-Service Teachers in North Bay and several seasoned Teachers and Web 2.0 users from around the globe, including United States, Sri Lanka and Canada. It was really special to see the activity in the chat room, the mixing of experience and support.
The webinar was entitled “Teaching in the Web 2.0 Era” – Here is the description:
Join us in Elluminate to investigate how the Read/Write Web has affected teaching and learning. We will review many ways teachers have incorporated web resources and ‘cloud applications’ into their lessons while highlighting the professional development opportunities made available through Web 2.0 technologies. Participants will be encouraged to share their own best-use examples for the classroom, as well.
I was lucky enough to have Paul Soppit, a Nipissing University, “ITeach Support” person in the Conference room at Nipissing to help out while Steve Hargadon got up at an excruciating 6am to assist in the Virtual Room. Both guys were gems…and were the key to making things go smoothly!