[Offtopic] Weaving stories for 2010 and beyond

Roland Gesthuizen rgesthuizen at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 18:51:30 EST 2009

 Apologies for the cross posted and duplicate messages.

Our decade is drawing to a close .. I had so dreamed that by now we would
fix the planetary climate control system and make inroads to poverty . was
it wrong for me to hold these dreams of a united vision?

I am a member of a conference team made up of talented IT educators from
primary, secondary and tertiary sectors .. some from the country, some live
in the city .. just like you all They all share the vision of doing
something 'wow' that brings together friends from around Australia. As I get
to know them and like other teams I have worked with, I am increasingly
impressed by their passion for making this event work and now share their
dream. I frown at anybody that is too quick to pour scorn, quarantine and
isolate their hard work or just belittles the efforts they put in. Anybody
who volunteers to work for a subject association gets my thumbs up. Read my
tag line below .. it is people that matter.

At the Melbourne ACEC2000 conference,10 years ago, Dr Bernard Holkner spoke
as a keynote about an idea and story about sharing messages with small text
boxes to connect people. With groups pumping money into multi-media
upgrades. It was our burning questions discussions around this topic poured
the foundation for the social networking that has since, revolutionised the
Internet and our thinking about how it can be used in our professional lifes
and teaching / learning practice. I have been going over the past notes I
scribbled on papers presented by Tim Kitchener and Paul Chandler that helped
to focus my thinking about what I was doing. Things I learned at NECC2008
from the study tour that I attended with Jo, Jill and Renee, I am still
kicking around in my blog.

What role will you play to help help us weave together new stories beyond
2009? What will you take from and where will you be in 10 years time? What
dreams will you share with the next generation of educators?

I look forward to meeting up with many of you at http://www.acec2010.info in
Melbourne next year and to everybody, have a safe, Merry Christmas and a
happy summer solstice.

Regards Roland

Roland Gesthuizen - ICT Coordinator - Westall Secondary College

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
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