I’m at the airport, waiting for my flight to Charlotte. I’ve a long layover (about 3 hours), so I thought I’d start to put down my impressions.
LOVED San Antonio – friendly city, great people. Gotta give a shout-out to Gabriel, our cab driver (he phoned us at 3:15 am to make sure we woke up in time to get to the airport). LOVED the Alamo, although we arrived too late to get inside. It turns out that Ozzie Osbourne had decided to take a public whiz near the site (although not actually ON it), and is, hence, persona non grata in the entire state (Tex translation – we gonna kick yo you-know-what if we even THINK we see you). San Antonians have REAL hard feelings about it.
And, in truth, it was a childish action, designed to provoke. Which it did – what Oz probably didn’t expect is that Texans are really laid-back, unless you cross the line. At that point, he’s lucky a hothead didn’t have a gun.
The conference focused on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). I mostly went to the Chemistry and Forensics workshops, with a few others just for fun. I also spent time with vendors, looking at what their wireless, tablet and IPad, and other technology could do for us. I’m getting grant fever again.
I need to talk to our tech person about how we could deploy wireless science equipment. It really would make our work so much easier to be able to wirelessly collect data, and send it to computers for further analysis. By looking at multiple groups and their work, it would enable us to zero in on error analysis, improving technique, and enhancing understanding of the core concepts, as well as their connection to real world topics.
MUCH LATER – May 6, 2013
I’ve had a busy 3 weeks catching back up – grading papers, entering grades, planning, etc. I’m not QUITE caught up, but getting close.
I’ve finally finished several committments – an online course, my faith group, an online weight management group – or, nearly finished (the last online group meets tonight). I should have about 10-15 extra hours each week to get things done in the future.
Regardless, my plan is to ready a BIG pitcher of Margaritas for the evening after the last day. I’ll be parked in a lounge chair, eating chips and salsa/guacamole. I feel that I’ve earned it.