October 17, 2006

David Warlick and little old ladies

This post was last updated on December 12th, 2011 at 03:18 pm

I spent last night listening both to David Warlick’s opening keynote as well as the fireside chat as the K12 online conference begins.

David, as usual, uses his southern drawl and relaxed approach to bring you into the conversation. The method he used was very innovative, speaking and telling stories in various locations around his home in North Carolina. Just as blogs are designed to be personal and transparent, so was David’s keynote. While I’ve heard David a number of times and read his blog,(even had coffee on the floor with him once, remember David?) you can’t help be engaged.

I think for me the format was as much a part of the story as the content. Getting up close and personal draws me in. I’m glad the little old lady part and the joggers weren’t edited from his presentation. That’s life and also naturally illustrated David’s point about sidetrips and informal learning.
After listening to the fireside chat, a good deal of the time was focused on barriers and in particular on filtering. I’ll be watching with interest some of the presentations on Overcoming Obstacles.

So if you haven’t checked out this conference you need to and oh ya did I tell you it’s free?
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