For Want of a Power Adapter

JALT Nagoya was even better than expected. I enjoyed seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and buying books. I left with a head full of new ideas and a heart full of warm fuzzy feelings.

I also left without the AC power adapter for my laptop.

In the last week or so, I’ve come to appreciate that the greatest invention of our time may not be the Internet or the gadgets that channel it. It’s the adapters that allow us to power the gadgets (or power the batteries that power the gadgets) that connect us to the Internet.

The second greatest invention? For me, it has to be the USB stick that allowed me to save my presentation for the ETJ Kansai and Kyushu Expos before my laptop became a large pink paperweight.

If you’ve wondered why I haven’t been on Twitter or Facebook, if you’ve wondered why I didn’t post on a birthday wallwisher, if you’ve wondered why I’m ignoring your online message to me, now you know. I haven’t seen any of it since November 22nd.

I’m learning to appreciate borrowed computers and Internet cafes, and have a renewed respect for the teachers around the world who rely on both for their professional development.

My replacement adapter is on its way, and I should be back sometime next week.

In the meantime, I’m actually having a chance to read the books I bought at JALT!

See you soon :-)

P.S. I was able to upload both of my JALT presentations to my wiki before losing my adapter, in case you’d like to see them: High Tech Ideas for Low Tech Classrooms and Making Phonics Work for your Students. The ETJ Expo presentation will join them once I get the new adapter.

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

About Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto has taught English and ESL in the US, and EFL in Japan. An EFL teacher and teacher trainer since 1985, she has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the USA and Latin America. Barbara’s motto is ‘Always try new things’, so these days, when she’s not teaching, writing, or giving workshops, she’s exploring the potential of new technologies for collaboration and professional development. You can often find Barbara online working with teachers around the world as Program Director for International Teacher Development Institute ( or on her new blog for English teaches who work with young learners, Teaching Children English.

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4 Responses

  1. DavidD says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Sorry to hear about your AC adapter. The one on my old laptop broke a couple of years ago and the replacement was the size of a brick! I hope yours is smaller :)

    I had a look at your Prezi on High Tech Ideas for Low Tech classrooms. Thanks for the mention in the Powerpoint section. Look out for some extra examples of video for future versions of your talk coming your way soon. ;)


  2. Super Prezi! Also took a look and feel your pain on the ACadaptor :-(


  3. Be patient, Barbara! All’s well that ends well!

    Hello from Greece! :)

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