Dearest Dafne and Arnold,
Go and give another WOW performance. Having internet access would be
better but if the conference organizers can't provide one then am
sure that your PPT presentation will be as good. Without having us
online would allow you to focus on the content of your presentation,
and not on the technical aspect of blending online and f2f
presentation and making it work all together. In this sense, what you
say is more important than how you say it.
Having remote presenters and online participants requires multi-
tasking and you've got to be good at this. Take for example,
Michael's Ed-Media conference. It was a success and I felt great
about it because everyone's happy. In this kind of presentation, it's
not what you say that's important, it's how you say it. Making sure
that f2f participants understand what you're saying.
The way Michael presented and the way things are organized fit very
well in such a way that it answers and supplements the title of his
presentation: Voice: the missing link? People were very much
interested in the tool rather than the way it¡¦s used. This is a good
because it signifies that EFL/ESL teachers nowadays know why such
tools are used in and out of the classroom. Perhaps, many of the
participants have tried applying the methods but are only missing the
right tool. Alado is certainly the right tool if we want to integrate
voice and text, plus all other features without the fear of losing
voice. There are of course some caveats. For example, in my case, I
lost my connection when I clicked on the url that was being
projected. My screen turned blue and my face gray as my blood froze
when I got booted out a few minutes before the presentation. It was
nerve wracking. So, technology isn¡¦t perfect. We all know that. But
as we move on, one step at a time, we move forward not backward.
Kudos to you Michael, and to Daf and Arnold, break a leg!