In a little over two weeks, I’ll be making a trek around the globe I can barely begin to imagine. Even now, having my airline ticket reservations and having my passport in process with the Chinese embassy for a visa application, the reality of this trip is just starting to “hit home.” This “delayed realization” phenomenon may be a function of my busy summer schedule, but is also likely due to the fact that this conference and travel opportunity is so “out of the box” for me that it’s seemed more like a dream than an actual, upcoming event for several months.

In mid-September, I’ll be flying from Oklahoma to Shanghai, China, for the Learning 2.0 conference. I have never been to east Asia before. In 1986 I spent two weeks in Turkey (mainly in Asiatic Turkey) and in 1987 I spent the summer in New Zealand. Other than those trips, I’ve never set foot on the Asian continent or crossed the Pacific Ocean entirely.

Shanghai -Pudong, Pearl Tower

The conveners of the Learning 2.0 conference have asked each presenter to write their ideas about “what learning 2.0 means” to them. My post went up on the conference blog this weekend. You can also read Will Richardson’s thoughts, Jamie McKenzie’s thoughts, and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s thoughts. In upcoming days I hope we’ll also hear from Alan November, Gary Stager, and Chris Smith. Each presenter is sharing five sessions. A list of my sessions is also available now on the conference blog.

I was actually sitting in a session at the MACE conference in Manhattan, Kansas, this past March when Jeff Utech first skype IMed me and inquired about my availability and interest to present in Shanghai in September. When I received that IM from Jeff, I almost fell out of my chair. Of course I was interested! It is a real honor to be included in this distinguished panel of presenters, and I am really looking forward to the conference. My only regret is that I may not be able to attend any of the other presenters’ sessions! I take heart knowing, however, the conference conveners are making great efforts to utilize web 2.0 tools to enhance the pre-conference and in-conference experiences, and can safely hypothesize they’ll be archiving and sharing many of the sessions afterwards as well.

My post on learning 2.0 represents my “current synthesis” of thinking about how school/educational reform ideas should mesh with new technologies (web 2.0, read/write web and user-created content sites) in our schools. As always I’d value your thoughts and input on this. πŸ™‚

Hopefully I’ll get the kinks worked out on my podcast feed in the next week. I’m hoping to share several podcasts from Shanghai in mid-September! πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to Shanghai and “What is Learning 2.0”

  1. Gary Stager says:

    As soon as I get home from a half-dozen in Eastern Europe, most notably delivering a new paper as a plenary speaker at Eurologo 2007 in Bratislava, I’ll share my Learning 2.0 sessions.

    In the meantime, you might be interested in my EuroLogo paper – ”
    Towards the Construction of a Language for Describing the Potential of Educational Computing Activities”

  2. Wes,

    Looking forward to meeting you this weekend.
    Safe travels.

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