TESOL Conference--some impressions
- Hi gang--
This has been one of the most exciting TESOL
conferences yet! I wish you all could have been in the
room to hear Karen Price's talk on totally WOW
computer technology of the 21st century: a pen where
you can draw a calculator on a piece of e-paper and
then tap the buttons to add and multiply, etc. It's
going to be for sale in Sept. in the US. (My
prediction--the paper will be expensive.)
Then the 3D "printer" which creates solid plastic
objects from two dimensional drawings--Karen passed
them around to play with--and they have moving parts
too! I've seen this advertized online already.
New voice/speech recognition tools that are ever more
sophisticated. And the list goes on. She'll have a
Webpage soon on it.
I should mention our newly active Webhead, who was
also displaying cool stuff in the same session. Jim
Duber has created some great multimedia sites. He
promised to send the group the addresses where we
could help with Beta testing--so come on, Jim! We
might have our own video-voice-text chat room created
by him, eh?
Vance's presentation on technology of the future, as
you might expect, was the highlight of the whole
conference. I keep hearing people talk about it in the
halls. The Wow factor was 12 on a scale of 1-10. Thank
you, all you Webheads who managed to get "there" with
him--it really made the whole thing outstanding. Vance
is expecting many more Webheads to join the group
My general impression of the conference as a whole is
that (1) communities of practice are being noticed and
are being demanded. One presentation on writing
suggested forming a global community to share ideas. I
had to tell her there were a couple already--beside
study.com, my Academic_writing YG that several of you
Webheads are already getting a lot of use out of, and
Vance's Writing for Webheads. And (2) there are lots
of cool authoring tools showing up. I'm going to work
up a little list and maybe we can try them out during
our TI chats? Some really neat stuff.
And thank you, again, Elderbob for a wonderful evening
of Webcamming, great food, excellent wine, and F.U.N.
The Virtual Fiesta was an event to remember for a long
time to come. I'll upload my photos to my blog ASAP,
and you can either pick some off there, or link to
them. Don't know if I'll make Tampa, but Hawaiian
shirts will definitely be de rigeur.
There is one more half-day of the conference, plus the
CALL IS Planning Meeting for next year. Feels like
everything is definitely winding down.
I'm staying on in San Antonio for another week to
visit friends, but will try to catch up with
Webheads-- Micheal's song was haunting my sleep last
night -- I may have grey hair, but I don't care -- I'm
happy online. I guess it's the Webheads theme song,
Great to see you "here."
Hugs to everyone--
- Thanks for the update from the conference, Elizabeth.
I'm looking forward to seeing some of those
innovations you mentioned becoming available.
Will you be with us at TI tomorrow (Sunday)?
Enjoy your visit in SA,
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