Just bravo Daf. Brilliant. Well done! And thanks for sharing this - warms
the soul it does.
At 04:04 PM 11/1/2004, you wrote:
>Since the conference was over yesterday I had not had the chance to
>connect to Internet to give you a final report on the event, after the
>successful beginning with the 3 workshops on Friday.
>My plenary was to be one day before Halloween, and one ghost seems to have
>been around me. In my previous report, I mentioned how the CD I brought
>from Caracas with my PPT could not be recognized by any computer here, and
>that I asked Arnold to send me a copy to my e-mail box, and it was saved
>on a CD, and tried on Friday morning. Well, on Saturday morning before my
>plenary, while trying to copy the ppt from the CD to the laptop on the
>stage (podium), we found, to everybody's surprise that the PPT had
>vanished from the CD. No answer to that mystery. Again, the PPT attached
>to e-mail saved my life :-)
>The plenary: Yes, the plenary was in Spanish, Teresa (I will make the ppt
>available as soon as I go back to Caracas). I started a bit nervous.
>Talking in front of more than 400 people is not easy. But as soon as I
>started to speak, I realized I was getting people's attention, and the
>rest came easy and in an spontaneous way anding from the podium to be
>closer to the audience. After finishing with the PPT, I showed the
>audience the collage, and explained its meaning, emphasizing that this was
>a real symbol of all I had been talking about. You cannot imagine how I
>felt when,at that moment, the whole auditorium started to applaud. Which
>they did again after I finished talking. As I got off the podium, people
>started to come to me to make comments, congratulate me, ask questions
>about webheads, etc. Three of the comments that I still remember very clearly:
>"you put the human touch to CALL in this conference" "you have given us
>hope, you have shown us it can be done, and we can also do it" "your
>presentations did not finish when we left the room, you have opened a
>door, the beginning of a process"
>Well, those Webheads who were with me Saturday afternoon, know how the 2
>workshops were full house. 2 and 3 people for each computer (I had 27).
>Many webheads online to help me too, and needless to say that without them
>this event would not have been what it was. Showing my audience that all
>what I had said was a reality, seeing, talking, listening to people
>located in so many different places and at so many different hours, ready
>to talk to them, is something that touches people, and you guys did that,
>you touched my audience.
>Let's see if I can remember all those present on Saturday (I was really
>tired and trying to do my best with the rest of the energy I had left to
>deal with a room full of people), so if miss someone, please accept
>my apologies. I remember Teresa, Sus, Elizabeth, Maria Irene, Bee, Rita,
>Maria Jordano, Chris Jones, Wendy, Rick, Agata, Jean Michel (who spoke in
>French with an ex-student of his present in the room)
>It is almost impossible to summarize all the things that happened when you
>guys were there for me, and I was dealing with the participants in the
>room. So, I will just say that this was an exciting experience which has
>contributed to make more teachers aware that they can be helped to learn
>how to use technology with their students. In this case, this is very
>important because most of these teachers were coming from public schools
>(sent by the Ministry of Education) and from the elementary and high
>Well, but this is not all I have to tell you. On Sunday, when I was just
>waking up, I had a phone call. It was Maria Rendon (Webhead from Cali) who
>had traveled 9 hours by bus (all night) to be with me here in Medellin
>even though she knew I was going out with the organizers of the congress
>who had prepared a tour for all presenters. Well, the organizers, when
>they learned about this, invited Maria to come with us on the tour. So,
>Maria and I were together today, we had a great time, and she managed to
>integrate with the whole group with her nice and warm personality. As
>usual, there will be pictures from this f2f encounter with Maria.
>I cannot finish this report without saying that Tom's and Susan Gaer's
>plenaries (webheads too) were also favorites as well as their workshops
>Now, I need to go to bed because tomorrow (I mean today) I am flying back
>Thanks again, you are wonderful :-)
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