Monday, June 25, 2012
The opening keynote began at 1.30 however, I was planning to spend the afternoon with the Global Collaboration Symposium with Lucy Gray which began at 2.00. I decided to drop in on the keynote, I was completely surprised that in a room of 6000 people I sat next to Dorothy Burt's husband Russell, we had first met four years ago at ISTE in San Antonio.
The keynote was a great rallying call, however I did slip away to Room 5 where a inspirational teachers were sharing their experiences in building a global network of collaborative projects.
The high point for me was hearing from teachers who have been able to integrate global projects into their curriculum planning, ensuring that the pedagogy is sound and that the projects are sustainable.
Ahead of the main keynote in which Sir Ken Robinson is a panelist, I managed to take a break in the luxuriously appointed Bloggers Lounge......I do still feel at home among my peeps :-)
Saturday, June 23, 2012
All of the folks began with 1 minute speed sessions reduced to 30 seconds as the hour mark approached. The sound of the bell focused the minds of presenters!
The event kicks off tomorrow with the Edublogger Con (unconference) always stimulating and interesting. The main event kicks off on Sunday through to Wednesday.
There will be more posts and tweets to look forward to live from the conference.
I am also hoping to meet up with some IB teachers, and would be grateful if they could be steered in my direction.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Missing the homeland! One has to develop an inner resiliance when living as an Expat. There are many methods that one can employ in order to stave off those times when the mind drifts into dangerously wishing that you were home.... my resolve has been slipping lately. I have certainly found the lack of anyone to have a conversation with a challenge recently ........I have attempted to avoid talking to myself ( often unsuccessfully!).
Those who have never had a family would I guess find this odd. However when you have lived in a home with a medium sized family, and now an extended family the sudden removal of this can be a relief in the short term. In the long term, the long silences even when filled by reading ( 4 books this year to date) can grate after a while! An upside if it can be said to be so is an addiction to 'The Big Bang Theory' and .....hoovering and dusting.......is there any hope?
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I spotted these chairs in The Bijenkorf
On arrival we were whisked off to Brighton ahead of our 'kick off' meeting on Friday morning..... the plan to catch the 2.05 flight back to Schiphol tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I was shocked to read this news today having visited Gouda's excellent museum in February......
Thieves target Gouda's museum Wednesday 21 March 2012
Thieves broke into Gouda's main museum and art gallery on Tuesday night by using explosives to blast open the front doors, news agency ANP reports.
It is not yet clear if the thieves actually stole anything, but two men were spotted leaving the scene by motorbike carrying large bags, ANP said.
The museum is currently hosting an exhibition of 16th century drawings for the windows of the city's St Jan's church.
The museum hit the headlines earlier this year when it auctioned a work by Marlene Dumas for €950,000 to head off bankruptcy.
I wait as do others to hear what if anything has been stolen.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Things took a better turn when Cy and Dave arrived in Scheveningen, stopping off at The Kurhaus Hotel on their way to an award winning local baker Driessen Bakery where amongst the speciality bread, our intrepid bakers made Apple Tart.
Having captured the eccentricity on the Dutch quite well the intrepid bikers headed across the border to Belgium.....if you are in the UK or have a VPN you can see this episode on the BBC iPlayer now [link].
Monday, March 19, 2012
The arrival of a fine crisp spring day can do wonders for the soul, and today was no exception. The brisk cycle run to work was still chilly enough to bring a tear to the eye, and chilly hands ( note to self - gloves still required in March!).
At 6pm on the way home the bright sunshine could not disguise the fact that at this time of year when you are out of the sun directly ......it is still Spring. We have more sunshine to come this week, hopefully this may enable some warmth to build up.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Please accept my apologies for the nature of this post, a blog after all is an online diary and life is not 'sweetness and light' all of the time.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
A work colleague and well known gourmand Fiona Clark suggested to fellow foodies that perhaps supper at local Restaurant M would be a nice way to end the week.
Having been to M previously I know that they serve a mean Sea Bass ( Zeebaarsfilet met truffelaardappelen en saffraan), and having checked my sparse diary I found myself free :-)
Fiona, Steve O'Regan ( no online profile Steve!) and Kassandra Boyd to look forward to that I cycled across the city to the Food Quarter of..... arriving in time for a small pre supper drink ahead of the meal. - M's MenuKart is a particular delight......
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Hugo in 3D did make me laugh out loud on at least 4 occasions and also brought a tear to the eye.
My belief is still that The Help retains top spot for me.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Thursday, March 08, 2012
This evening I found myself enjoying a 3 course meal with wine in the exquisite Hotel Des Indies on Lange Voorhout in the city. The surroundings are very much like one would expect a London Gentleman's Club to feel. The Hotel has an interesting history and was the place where Anna Pavlova died, it has had a string of high profile guests down the years.
The meal was an offer by the Dutch Dining Week where restaurants around the country offer 3 course meals for 27.50 Euro (drinks extra). I hadn't planned to attend however a few of the 10 people who had reserved places were unable to attend, and my diary for the evening was free!! I do also enjoy the fine dining in the city :-)
The meal was enjoyable and the company charming - so good of the ladies ( yup 9) to allow a token male to attend. It was certainly different from my hurried MacDonalds prior to watching The Help the evening before! Variety is the spice of life.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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