Thank Goodness for Dubai

TRLD (Technology, Reading, and Learning Diversity) is an incredible conference.  It’s small, but it is a community.  Many, if not more than half of the attendees of my sessions have been to this conference before, and very few of them are from California.  There is a fairly sizable contingent from Canada. 

Dr. Donald Leu kicked off the conference with a presentation about web literacy, making a compelling case for expanding our definitions of literacy.  One of the most interesting parts of his presentation were findings that often children who test poorly in traditional reading skills on state tests, actually test high in the web literacy assessments that his team are developing.

Photos tagged with 'dubai'It’s early the next morning (actually, it’s nearly 9:00 EST).   I have one more session this morning, and then I get on a plane and head back to Philadelphia for the last day of Educon.  I’ve been lurking a bit on Hitchhikr.  I also popped my head in at the spot in Second Life, linked to from the Educon wiki, but no one was there.  They have a Ustream page, and some of the cameras are running, this it is mostly the students who will be recording all of the sessions.

I’m preparing for my 11:30 session on RSS, and worrying over subscribing to Flickr feeds.  The last time I tried it, a questionable picture showed up, and although it wasn’t such a big deal, there were certainly those in the audience who mentally scratched this extremely valuable resource off of their list.  Then it occurred to me this morning, Dubai.  List photos tagged with dubai, and there no chance of pornography showing up. Excellent! 

Thank goodness for Dubai.

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.