The announcement almost had no effect on me.
Anonymous exams in an anonymous amphitheatre had been dumped.
That would have been unthinkable even a few months before.
Today, the news seemed sort of a footnote to a forgotten battle.
A few days before I was sitting in Place de la Victoire drinking coffee on a terrace.
An ex-student had face-booked me to meet up with him.
Could I help him out translating for a new thoughtful magazine/periodical for running-enthusiasts aimed at a global niche market.
He spent a long time explaining his work and life values.
Somehow, what he said made me hopeful for the future.
I looked at some photos of #CLAVIER 2014-15 exchange activities.
They included, in no particular order:
Students tasting marmite sent to them by their correspondants in the UK.
Teachers of different nationalities drinking beer together in a pub.
French students dancing to Polish folk music in Poland.
Polish students teaching French students in France.
I met a librarian in the UK.
In the time it takes to write this blog, we had made contact via email and Twitter and made contact with French librarians to organise meetings.
Maybe librarians in Australia or the USA would like to join in the conversations?
A hangout organised by Maha at a conference had been blogged about by
- Alan in Arizona http://cogdogblog.com/2015/06/14/conference-buddy-dml/,
- Maha in Egypt http://blog.mahabali.me/blog/educational-technology-2/pjs-and-a-headscarf-my-privatepublic-life/,
- Tania in Australia http://taniasheko.com/social-learning/pln-unconference-virtual-learning/,
- And by myself http://tachesdesens.blogspot.fr/2015/06/magic.html in France.
The same hangout had been introduced to two more colleagues in France, sparking a discussion about social presence, gifting, hashtags, Instagram, memes and Strip Designer.
A ensuing photo was tweeted to the UK.
The tweet was retweeted within three seconds by @warwicklanguage in the UK , favourited by @clarissamfb in Brazil and resulted in a Twitter exchange between three teachers, @mcrustan, @warwicklanguage and @DELChristine, one of whom usually avoids Twitter :-)
Active participation of friends at #dml2015 met through cmoocs - in particular #ccourses resulted in me being drawn to the conference ignite sessions archived on Youtube.
One ignite presentation of RoadTrip Nation http://roadtripnation.com/
explore/interests resulted in an email exchange with 20 teachers in France.
One teacher immediately responded: "Thanks for sharing! It seems quite exciting. I'm sure my students will love it!"
This post was inspired by reading a blog post written by Tania in Australia and by comments written by Maha in Egypt. In the post http://taniasheko.com/social-learning/pln-unconference-virtual-learning/ Tania writes: