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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Caught in a Whirlwind

Already three weeks into school.

No standards with which to start.

New standards adopted by the state.

Four online classes to teach with University of Phoenix.

Mom diagnosed with cancerous tumor on her spine.

Trip to St. Louis to see Mom in the hospital over Labor Day Weekend.

Started our Running Club today with around 25 students.

I miss writing. It's not that I don't have anything to say (My wife says I never shut up). It's almost that I have too much from which to choose. I'm making myself sit down and write. I simply have to do this, or I feel my thoughts getting rambled, and my life disorganized. Writing is how I think and learn.

I received an email from Doug Johnson today. Doug and I have never met in person, but I enjoy his writing, and admire his integrity.

A few months ago, Doug posted a review of NECC 2008, and asked a question of what we might like to see in the future. I commented that I would like to see a TEDTalk format for the lesser known edtech people to have a chance to share their ideas...no more than 15 minutes...but going on all day.

Doug sent an email to me today. He had forwarded my idea (and others I'm sure) to Don Knezek and Leslie Conery of ISTE. He received a response, and sent me a follow-up. That's integrity.

Truth be told, I had forgotten about the comment I had made (which is why I wish there was a way to automatically post comments made on other blogs as a post to my own blog). I would have remembered it later, if some conference used the idea. It would have been another of those "I thought of that years ago" moments I have frequently enough...which is why I like to blog, because then I have a record of my ideas that I can refer to when things happen.

Anyway, Doug - thank you for possessing the integrity and honesty to keep me in the information loop of this idea. Second, I think I should get my 15 minutes of fame if NECC 2009 coordinators include this in their program. I think I'd call it - How To Develop Ideas On The Fly.


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