At 10:00 a.m., I attended Carolina Rodriguez B.'s presentation on "Flipping a Blended Graduate Classroom in Colombia." Carolina participated in the EVO session on Flipped Learning this year, which made this presentation especially exciting for me. She talked about how Colombian students do not generally like online learning because the social aspect of learning together is so important to them, and how she was able to incorporate enough social interaction in her course to keep her students engaged.
After that, I left the EV for a while! I helped my colleague Daniela Wagner-Loera hang her poster for the 12:30 poster session and then attended her excellent presentation on "Don't Only Flip--Make the IEP Brain-Friendly." After that, I walked home to have a bite to eat. It was very cold today, and there were a few snow flurries. I was very glad I had brought my heavy coat!
I went back to the Convention Center and attended part of the Interest Section Assembly. Since I am not an IS leader, I would normally not attend this, but the CALL-IS planning meeting overlapped the IS Assembly, so Aaron and Jack wanted someone to be there in their stead. As it turned out, the meeting ended early and I was not needed, so I hung out with Laine and Carolina at the "Cafe700" (horrible decaf) for a while and then wandered back to the EV and tried to get a group together to go up the CN Tower tomorrow. We'll see if this actually happens!
At 6:00, I met Berta and Vance outside the EV, and we went to a beautiful reception sponsored by the British Council, at the beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Front Street. There was plenty of fabulous food and a crush of people! We met some nice people, and I had a long chat with Deborah Healey. Berta connected with some VenTESOL friends. At 8, B and I walked back to our respective hotels. It was nice to be in early. Now 10:21 and I am ready to fold my tent!
A few pictures from today:
|Carolina presenting in the EV|
|Daniela and her poster|
|Laine and Carolina|
|Berta & Vance|
|At the Fairmont Royal York: Nina & Vance|
|Berta & Vance|
|The Fairmont lobby|