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.