It was a chilly Saturday Nov. 16, 2013 and all I could recall is that I was struggling with Blackboard Collaborate, a New tool to cheerfully close 2013 to me. Shaken and hoping I managed to launch a Ticket under Lucy's +1 service help to have my Blackboard files open. I was too desperate not to miss a single bit of what I had fallen into- the Treasure of getting along with globalized educators, communicators, Tech savvy and brilliant brains living their inspiration and passing it on especially in young souls of their communities or points of contact- in other words, the Generation Next.
From the Harry Potter series of Ayat's Egypt to Luis' IOS- Apps in Apple Americas, Technology can be a greater tool that has advanced communication, greater opportunities and opened the bridges to talk about our cultures and or define ourselves with confidence to who we are on a global scale no matter the disability or challenges. And that's why Tatyana's story from Russia left only tweets full of shocking surprise and wondering if there another Russia fun-filled with more than story sharing and reconciling the past to reflect on the future. Stories from Hello Little World Skypers left me silent and stunned wondering on how I can hatch on the brilliant minds that were in the session.In Africa, we have a saying that "Before the lizard puts on a trouser, it should know where to put its tail" and that's what I met with Anne Mirtschin HLWS session. Why? Skype being my first online telephone and tool, I couldn't stop wondering and imagining how powerful it had impacted on global education till I heard from the horse's mouths. To confess it all, it was a session full of expounded minds as presenters.
Sometimes I imagine a world of telepathy where its a gift or a skill in education and Anita Samuels out of culture shocks and online learning, she has acquired that. We quite often perceive that online learning is like a holiday with a pet near by a book/laptop or any device in one's lap but that's far from the Truth. It a compilation of many books, 'dictionary like if you may say' waiting to be read and reviewed. Now I understand better why online courses are paradoxically fun and annoying. I imagine a world of how she gets people like us to do a particular course test and make us submit without much annoyance caused.
Truth be told, every presentation or session had its own flying colours. Noel Feria's Philippines is now far ahead, thanks to his contributions. Larry Specht, Maria D.Shaheen, Mark Otter, Honor Moorman, Omar Eldarawy, Tania Rashid, Michelle Macumber and the rest..made every second count to share their experiences on what I little knew.
And nothing lasts forever...So came the Closing Session. Inside is wailing and outside is voicing tears of joy right away from the heart...that's because you may not escape it when Lucy and Steve and all the GlobalEdCon members speak, chat or tweet about their experience.
No matter how the week went or the close of the conference, the 'Declaration' Lives on. The shared ideas keep on re-generating and new members keep on coming daily. A world without education is a dead and extinct one and good enough in my senses it does not exist. We would wonder or ask ourselves today how the ancients communicated and re-vibrated the sophisticated technology at the time to keep on surviving for generations. Today's generation too needs that! Today's children are smarter and as research challenges us as in one of the presentations, they love more to share about their experiences or know more about other countries, cultures or locality before they get enrolled for Maths equations. This is a great message that technology can close all those gaps and the sky is the limit.
Lucie Mingla encourages me that 'what's next is to be world leader of education' and I am still counting...!