Documenting Symposium 2009


I thought that I would spend today’s post showing how Symposium 2009 was documented in words and pictures.  The technology here was very portable.  All of the images come from my iPhone.  It’s much more versatile that carrying around my bigger camera with its flash and programmable settings.

It wouldn’t be Symposium if we didn’t talk about the weather.  London weather was great although very windy.  I should have really checked the weather from Huron and Perth Counties, and Waterloo Region though…

We stuff the registration bags the night before and hire a couple of guards from the front lobby to keep them secure.

Unique to the Lamplighter Inn is the Pointsettia tree.  There were two on display this year; one in the atrium and the other in the lobby.

According to David Jakes’ website, he cannon balled into the pool.  I hope that he also went down the water slide.

The Crystal Ballroom is home for the event.  The stage is flanked by a couple of Christmas trees to set the festive feeling for the day.

And then it’s time for the opening keynote.  David Jakes talks about what really matters when you get past the Web 2.0 Hype.

After lunch, Leslie Fisher helped us with Christmas shopping with her presentation on Gadgets.

James Cowper and Amanda Mundy talked about first time blogging and their project to get all of the classrooms in their schools online and communicating.

My friend Rodd Lucier takes a standing room only audience on a search and understanding of Creative Commons licensing and how it applies to educators.  I had just brought in the two empty chairs you see in the foreground.

In addition to the pictures, the crowd helped document the day by using the hash tag #RCAC09.  I used a free web resource called Twapper Keeper to document the Twitter messages from the day.  Rodd complained about the order and the developer of the resource gave us another link to see the messages in reverse order.  So, you can play it in both directions.  You can even download the entire session and analyse it further if you want.

What a day.  I learned so much and are so appreciative that Western Ontario continues to support this annual event.  The Lamplighter is booked for Symposium 2010 already so circle December 9 in your calendars.

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