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At 11:44am on January 7, 2009, Jill Machemer said…
Working on developing my page and blog as we speak!! I enjoy kiwis-- nice to meet you!
At 9:59pm on December 27, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Gavin,

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!

Thanks,

Alyshia Olsen
anotherdayaway42@gmail.com
At 11:01pm on October 12, 2008, Paul said…
Cheers for that Gavin. I hope to get the application off by the end of the week Just had 1st day back (term Four) spot of testing and athletics were on todays to do list. The Children worked on their learning powerpoint, sort of a more structured blog.
At 1:45pm on October 10, 2008, Paul said…
Thanks for that Gavin, I've registerd with a couple of agencies so we'll have to see how it goes. Part of the CV process asks about challenges to teaching in the UAE any tips there please.
At 9:20pm on October 9, 2008, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
How can i make teachers exchange if i can't afford visa? Can anyone sponsor my exchange?
At 10:36am on October 6, 2008, Rebecca Vaughan Frazee said…
thanks for the welcome, Gavin.
glad to be here.
At 5:14pm on October 4, 2008, Kimberly James said…
Great recommendation to pick my 3. It's tough . . . I'm on Ning, I have 3 blogs on wordpress, I manage 3 websites, and I'm on Friendfeed, Twitter, Plurk, and FBook. I can't decide how to prioritize my SM time. I guess the first I'd have to let go of is Plurk. Suppose I'll start there.
At 4:07pm on October 4, 2008, Ana Balboa-Guenthner said…
Dear Gavin,

Nice beginning thoughts..Do you have facebook? let me know. I would like to also continue conversation there..
With so many social networking sites, I struggle to maintain ongoing conversation. Thus, response is usually slow, from my part. My incentive with facebook is that it connects me to friends all over..one place, one click.
At 4:05pm on October 4, 2008, Paul said…
Hi Gavin, Just found your blog while searching for info on Life in Al Ain. I am looking to come to the UAE for work. At present I'm teaching yr 5-6 here in Christchurch. Hows the advisors role going as this is a position that i'm interested in as i have friends over there doing the samething. It would be great to here from you Paul.
At 3:45pm on October 4, 2008, kosh said…
Hi Gavin,
It's always a pressure to meet someone who is also into video here. I am working on a screenplay for a feature at the moment and would be grateful if you can read it and pass me your comment. you could send me your email address so i can send it there. Thank You!
At 2:37pm on October 4, 2008, Beth Holmes said…
Hi, Gavin!
Just watched your new video on Dubai - trying to get an idea about your new surroundings. Good grief! You are in paradise! Is it ridiculous to ask if you are pleased with your new position?
Gavin, I'm looking for newer high end widgets for use on Ning pages. I especially like the audio player and slideshow kiosk on this page. Can you recommend a good spot to explore? Seems like there's something new each nanosecond. Cannot keep up!
So good to hear from you!
At 11:58am on October 4, 2008, LKF said…
Yes, Gavin, it is...And how GARDNER ESQUE of you...(the application of all that we are learning in new and different ways...) BTW...Have you read A WHOLE NEW MIND by Daniel H. Pink....similar thought processes...Gardner and Pink say similar things about this in their work...Gardner re: education; Pink re: the business world.
At 11:48am on October 4, 2008, LKF said…
These are definately things that I need to learn...Not quite a luddite...but new enough to the age of technology that I will take all the help that I can get along the way! T.Y.
L
At 11:40am on October 4, 2008, LKF said…
Abu D. looks a lot like Morocco....
What's a Voki?
L
At 11:37am on October 4, 2008, LKF said…
LOL :)?...COME ON!
Hardley worth posting! (Laughing!)
At 10:57am on October 4, 2008, LKF said…
Clearly, not my name!
Hi Gavin...I am Lois and it is a pleasure to see you on my page...
Whoa! Six bathrooms??? I want two.
Speak soon...
LKF
At 12:21pm on October 1, 2008, Kimberly James said…
Hey Gavin. Thanks for your comment on my page. I don't know how I'm going to keep up in a group like this, but I'm looking forward to learning from everyone!
Best,
Kimberly
At 3:01pm on September 11, 2008, Ana Balboa-Guenthner said…
LoL..Gavin..welcome to the reality of it all..yes, internet access. In working with or in another country much different in internet infrastructure as compared to our own towns...flexibility is crucial for several key factors: time, identity, cultural fabric, sensitivity..so, I am looking forward to your stories that impact your own thinking.
At 7:42am on September 11, 2008, gwyneth jones said…
hi Gavin! WOW 6 bathrooms [swoons] that's like a dream come true! (as long as i wouldn't have to clean all of them) good that you're settled and have a place you like! but man oh man you need that interweb connection!!
~Gwyneth
At 1:50pm on September 5, 2008, Ana Balboa-Guenthner said…
Hi Gavin,

I just got back from Asia, trying to unpack and get back to reality. I apologize for not replying sooner..yup, we can share stories.. Let's start the conversation. Are you in the UAE now?

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