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I think I'm ready for EARCOS

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After dragging my wife away from the beach, we’re back in Bangkok ready for the conference to begin tomorrow. I’m just putting the finishing touches on my wiki handout site (click the wiki link in the nav bar at the top) and making some final adjustments to the presentations.

My first presentation tomorrow is on Podcasting, but in the list of presentations they put a wiki description. That should be interesting. A wiki podcast presentation…that will stretch me. 😉

Our opening keynote tomorrow is from Jean-Francois Rischard titled High Noon: The Urgent Need for New Approaches to Global Problem-Solving.

Sounds interesting enough…I’ll blog it, but there is no wireless. I know this isn’t a tech conference, and I’ll probably be the only geek blogging it, but shouldn’t wireless just be a MUST at any conference in this day in age? I can’t believe that a hotel of this caliber wouldn’t already have it in place. Frustrating really.

I also have my camera with me and hope to capture some pictures from the conference to add a little visual aspect.

OK, off to meet Justin Medved for a drink. I’ve been talking with Justin for over a year now and he’s been a great resource from the International School of Bangkok to bounce ideas off of. Only having a one hour time difference has allowed us to Skype ideas back and forth.


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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


  1. Thanks Brian!

    Tried to view the site, but wikispaces keeps taking me to the front page. I’ll keep trying…this would be a great resource.


  2. Hi, Jeff. I’m at EARCOS, too, and agree with your assessment: how can a hotel of this caliber not have wireless?

    I hope to see one of your presentations during the conference. I’m presenting one, too, on i-Videos and i-Images with David Wong, which happens to run during the same time-slot as one of your presentations.

    If I see you, I’ll say hi. I’m the one who introduced Rischard at today’s keynote address.

    Take care!

  3. Apparently the hotel has wireless, but the cost they wanted to charge earcos was apparently unbelievably high…

    I was thinking today, that perhaps they could save on printing and handing out all the clipboards and pads of paper and use that money for wireless access at future conferences (more enviro too).

  4. ‘Glad to hear the conference was inspiring. I read on one post that YOU were the source of someone else’s conference highlight! I guess that means that I should REALLY look forward to meeting you in August….I join the SAS faculty for the 2007-2008 school year.
    Speaking of Rischard, NAIS’s 20/20 project is based on his book and has been a great program for our curriculum and students. In designing how our students would process the concepts from the book, we set up our schools first blog in 2005. This was also the first time many of our students became part of the blogging community. Check out their final projects at http://www.w2wexhibit.homestead.com

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