A community of apprentices and experts, loosely joined

To Graham Stanley (Barcelona), Judi Franz (Irvine, CA), Don Federico Salvago (Toluca, MX), my husband, John (Oberlin, OH), Adora Thurber (????) and Verónica Hendrichs Troeglen (Toluca, MX): my sincerest thanks to you for being available to talk on Skype and for leaving posts on blogs and for helping me teach my workshop at Middlebury College. You helped me emphasize to a classroom of individuals the importance and the power of loosely joined yet fluidly interconnected communities of people who use tools like Skype and blogging for teaching and learning…. THANK YOU.

To Rita Zeinstejer (Rosario, Argentina), Camino Bueno (Pamplona, Spain) and the ever awake Buthaina Al-Othman (Kuwait)… your willingness exchange resources to help me teach my Spanish class and to help Ali’s Arabic language students over the past semester was extraordinary. I hope your students also benefitted as well.

To Barbara Ganley: your enthusiasm and your energy is infectious… I have so many posts rattling around in my head thanks to our 48 hour adventure in technology and teaching… but first I want to get home and see my family and just stop moving for a few days. But oh the things I have seen, heard, thought about, wrestled with… thanks once again to you.

To the people at Logan Airport…thank you providing rocking chairs and wireless internet access while I wait for my plane back home. You made the 2 -3 hour delay almost a pleasure.

More soon.

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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  1. Barbara (the other one) · July 13, 2006 Reply

    Well, Barbara, you’re the one to be thanked. You brought the workshop attendees information, enthusiasm, grounding, calm, confidence and a real sense that they, too, could do this work. You’re amazing.

    And I feel completely re-energized by our talks, the plans for collaborations we’re hatching, and the knowledge that there’s someone else out there who really does think about technology, tecahing and learning the way I do. 😉

    I’ve posted the synopsis (audio file included) over on bgblogging. I think you’ll like hearing yourself!

    Cheers and many, many thanks–

  2. Graham Stanley · July 19, 2006 Reply

    I agree with Barbara (the other one) Ganley – I haven’t listened to the audio yet, but look forward to doing it. I think it’s amazing what you’re doing with your students, and I was very happy that I could help you transmit your cool-headed enthusiasm and good practice to other teachers in your workshop. There is nothing quite like practical examples of how this technology can be used to bring people from other parts of the world into your classroom to inspire students, is there?

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