Preparing for November

My wife left early this morning for Hawaii. I know…completely lost on her. From Bangkok to Hawaii….. She’s off to visit a friend, one of the benefits of taking a year off from working and having frequent flier miles to spend. So that leaves me with a week of no school and time to myself to prepare for what has shaped up to be one heck of a busy November. Nov. 1-4: EARCOS Admin ConferenceNov. 7-9: Jakarta Weekend Workshop: Learning in a Digital World Nov. 21-22: United Nations International School of Hanoi This week I’ll be creating my presentations and focusing in on what my message will be. I’ll be pulling a lot from Presentation Zen. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. It just might change the way you teach. Also, make sure you subscribe to the Presentation Zen blog. It’s one of those books that simplifies the process down to something that just works. In fact Garr Reynold’s simple idea of going off line to plan your presentation has completely focused my presentations the way I want. I spent about 3 hours on Sunday sitting outside on the balcony outlining the four presentations for EARCOS in my notebook. It took me 2 hours to outline the four presentations. Now the fun part of just putting them together. This book has quickly made the rounds at our school. I loaned it to Kim Cofino after I finished reading it right before Learning 2.008. She got such great feedback on her presentations that she ended up holding a whole unconference session around Presentation Zen. The book has made the rounds at school as well, and our school just ordered four more copies of it. The best use by far has been watching a couple teachers use the technique as a way to present information in their classes and have all given feedback on how well the students liked the format, were engaged, and attentive. It’s not a hard format, actually….it’s quite simple, and Garr does a great job of explaining the process that one should follow. A process I now use. As I’ve been working through my presentations I keep coming back to a common theme of communication. On how technology and the Internet really boils down to allowing us to communicate in new ways. As I was doing some research yesterday I found this article...

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