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ASB Unplugged

ASB UnpluggedThe whole school is aflutter this week because of a big technology conference we are hosting. There are administrators and tech personnel coming in from at least 26 international schools, and the 3-day conference is a huge showcase for the day-to-day uses of tech in the educational arena. Many teachers are personally delivering workshops: Susan is leading a group on the use of a digital document camera in the first grade classroom while Dave has ‘farmed out’ his presentations to students – they’ll be showcasing subject specific programs to the conference attendees.

It is a pretty big deal for the school, as ASB is very much on the cutting edge of computer use in the classroom. In the middle and high school, all students have a tablet computer (think “laptop with swiveling screen”) that they bring with them to all classes. The elementary school kids have a good deal of computer exposure as well – witness Alea’s webpage and Breck’s class blog. Of course, there are also a million other things going on, from grades being due to a PTA formal party, so there’s no chance to sit back and bask in glory!

Just to keep things in perspective, however, I did have to laugh at what I got when I googled the asb unplugged conference:
ASB Unplugged on Google

I was relieved to note that – no, people didn’t (necessarily) consider the conference to be ‘dangerously irrelevant’ – this is the name of a blog run by Scott McLeod, one of the keynote speakers at the conference. Whew!

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3 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Dave, this is pretty funny. Please come say hi during the conference!

    1. Scott McLeod on February 29th, 2008 at 5:15 am
  2. Hi Scott – yes, I was pretty taken aback by the headline – thinking, “Wow, we haven’t even started and somebody is really dissing the whole premise!” I was glad to find out that wasn’t the case.

    I’ll stop by during the afternoon session on Friday (or you can pop in my room during the open visit times).

    2. Dave on February 29th, 2008 at 8:52 am
  3. Dave, it was nice to meet you in person. Thanks for coming up and saying hi. Your school is AMAZING. Kudos to you and everyone else for putting on a great conference!

    3. Scott McLeod on March 7th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

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