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vance_stevens: well how did it go?
Buth: it was good
Buth: i'm glad some teachers followed with us, i mean from
vance_stevens: yes, that's good, maybe if I were an English teacher
I'd get more of a following
vance_stevens: I'm one of these nose in the air computer people
vance_stevens: what would I know about communication over the Internet?
Buth: what does it mean? sorry could you explain?
vance_stevens: I mean, tech people often don't relate to users,
and I just arrived here so the English teachers probably don't see me
as a fellow user
Buth: oh, I see
vance_stevens: even at MLI,
six years I was there, some people thought I was a computer person and
didn't realize I'd taught ESL for 20 years
Buth: oh, I can see what you mean..yes right Vance
Buth: but the good thing about this project
Buth: is that it had a good number of teachers at least talk about
it and ask me questions
vance_stevens: it was a
GREAT project, proud of you
Buth: Thanks, your student Vance
vance_stevens: you keep doing these
things and eventually they catch on
vance_stevens: I tried to find your url
and couldn't even find it because the sites were timing out
vance_stevens: it's working ok now
Buth: and , yesterday when i went home to upload todya's ppt-presentations
of my Ss, i found my pc, crashed !
Buth: i took it to a shop and was working on my laptop until 4
Buth: in the middle of the presentation of the second group Geo
disappeared and the Ss' powerpoint slides!
Buth: We got a message that said, this site will be restored after
vance_stevens: oh the joys of using the Internet!
Buth: this was the weirdiest thing ever happened to me on the Internet
Buth: you said it: The joys, but still we love it
Buth: gtg home , and get ready fro next tasks or missions
Buth: I liked Teresa's
message, it's very supportive and warm, i'll show it to my Ss tomorrow.
you have done exceedingly well
vance_stevens: it's very nice to
see people in our
group succeed with the support of other group members
Buth: i wonder if i could have access to the Internet from home..if
i don't show up at TI , it
means i am not able.
you are a great example of the power of constructivist learning, scaffolding,
learning in a social context
vance_stevens: yes, no problem, you've done enough for today
Buth: oh, thanks for those
nice supportive words, they really mean a lot to me.
Buth: Tomorrow , we continue presentaions in class, f-to-f
it means a lot to me that someone would get on a plane,
spend a night in a hotel, and drive 4 hours just to be with us at an
Buth: thanks Vance, it worth it
vance_stevens: glad to hear that, the pleasure is mutual
Buth: What I learned from &
with you and Michael on that day I did
with my Ss.
Buth: sure it is.
Buth: okay, gtg , take care and see you later
I see, ... the connection -
what you have just said corroborates
points I'm making in talks