Another Virtual Event

When Brenda realized that I would be presenting as part of a virtual conference, but was going to be doing it on site at the ESC XI Regional Center in Fort Worth Texas, she asked if it was really virtual them. I don’t know. But that event was followed by another virtual session last night, a “fireside chat” after the airing of my K12Online Conference closing keynote, a stroll through my backyard.

It continues to be a terrifying experience for me, to present before a camera, even if it is in my office or a cell in Forth Worth (inside joke). I probably goes back to my days at the NC Department of Public Instruction and the teleconferences we would organize and deliver, and the pressure to make it perfect.

Several weeks ago, I faced the camera again, and this time with a director and interviewer, Tech Learning’s Editor in Chief, Kevin Hogan.

Kevin Hogan
It was me and David Jakes, and we were the last pair to be walked into the makeshift studio. To add insult to the injury of my already creeping terror, there were two stools in the middle of the room, under the lights, in about the space of a phone booth.
David Jakes
First of all, I don’t like stools that do not allow me to put both feet on the ground. And secondly, there isn’t a phone booth on the planet that Jakes and I can fit in together.

It ended out being a pleasant and stimulating conversation owing greatly to Hogan’s probing questions. I remember little of it, except for a quote I used in a previous blog entry, and the fact that I kept thinking that Jakes was answering a question in some way that I was going to strongly object to, but then he would bring it back around to my own thinking — kind’a like a roller coaster ride.

Anyway, the recording was done as part of the upcoming TechLearning Virtual Tech Forum, to take place on November 17. It is free, though you need to register at the site. I do not know much about the layout, except that the interviews will be played and then a discussion forum will facilitate Q&A with the interviewees. I will try to spend a little time there, though I will be in transit for most of that day, so it’s going to be iffy.


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.