Monday, May 21, 2007

TeachMeet07


TeachMeet07
Originally uploaded by Edublogger.
I'm taking myself off to Edinburgh to socialise with a bunch of people, mostly male, mostly far younger than I am, all still working, who know far more about Web 2.0 technology than I'll ever know. Why do I bother?

Mainly because they appear still to be alive, that's why. In my last years at work I became depressed by the lack of enthusiasm for teaching displayed by relatively young colleagues, and the growing cynicism which made the expression of enthusiasm unlikely unless you were old and conceited. Like me.

I may or may not learn anything at this gig. But I shall find something of interest, meet up with some new people as well as others whom I really only know online, and feel reassured that there are some areas of teaching which are alive and well and firing on all cylinders. AB feels this will be a day of preaching to the converted - but it's important for the converted to have the chance to confirm one another in what they do. The unwired wilderness is still quite a big country.

Besides, the food part looks promising ...

4 comments:

  1. I didn't mean to come across as negative Chris - and as I said I rarely leave the company of said individuals without learning something new - which can't be said for a huge number of people I meet on a daily basis in this bizarre world of education. So I really am looking forward to it - it's great to catch up with friends. I just get a bit frustrated that we aren't widening the audience as much as we might (says he who only got around to posting about the event today...)

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  2. Good for you. I've decided to do a couple of workshops at Crossover (youth festival) for leaders around web 2.0 and why they should bother with it! I tried hard to convince the seminar person for Nexus, a huge christian resources event at SECC in August to ask Neil to speak but I just got blank 'what has that to do with church?'looks. Never mind...

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  3. i meant ewan... although I'm sure neil would be interesting too!!!

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  4. I know. It's really frustrating. I spoke at the Synod of the SEC last year about the need to embrace Web2.0 technology, and at the end of it all the convenor had as the last word the adventurous comment that blogging "wasn't for everyone'. He was younger than I am, but he made me feel about 20. Maybe that couold be seen as A Good Thing ...

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