Yesterday was super busy with the Sakai conference.
I went to a great session on how the Uni of Indiana is using podcasts as a learning tool. Liked their process a lot and can see real applications for SKIL2.
One of the Sakai committee members – Jim – gave me 3 hours of his time to show me how Sakai works.
Folks – it’s both really clear and totally complicated.
When Jim started showing me computer code to reconfigure elements of Sakai tools – my brain got a little woozy – but I could follow him.
By 3pm I was bushed so went back to the studio for a shower and siesta – it was about 30C and really hot.
Up and about for the Sakai reception – a 45 minute walk from the studio.
Walking up the Boulevard St Germain and then Bvd. St Michel – it’s so lovely. I walked past the Luxembourg Gardens and watched kids playing in the park.
The reception was fun and I got talking with some great people from South Africa, America and Spain.
A few of us went out to dinner later. got something to eat but I wouldn’t rave about the cafes on these roads – high prices and mediocre food.
Woke today and was totally exhausted.
I think all the walking (2 to 3 hours a day in the heat) and the intensity of my brain trying to take in a mountain of new information – just made me tired.
I stayed in bed and slept for ages and then went out to get some food in the afternoon. It was raining (Maggie don’t get mad – but I loved the rain after all the heat) and the place was cooling down.
I walked along a street that has an amazing number of comic stores. I had no idea the French loved comics – and many of them are hardback.
Bought some lovely food from a Greek takeaway around the corner as I was getting very wet.
Spent the rest of the afternoon lolling.
Will be more energetic tomorrow as there is a really interesting session on mashups at the conference.
And I have a free day on Friday and will wander and buy some chocolate and comics.
Decided not to come to Paris in October.
I’m going to Singapore for 2 weeks to work with Marc and some of his developers to start to build the SKIL2 foundations.
Whether I use Sakai or another OS CMS/LMS is yet to be seen. I need to review a few more.
EIther way I’m going to have to learn about:
- Apache Maven
- My SQL
- Tom Cat
Yeh – scarey.
But – that’s why it’s called a learning curve.
New knowledge and skills doesn’t just wander into our heads fully formed.
We have to struggle with some stuff, find other stuff easy -and just be patient and persistent.
Oh yeh – and get all the help and support I can.
The SKIL2 vision I have is very clear.
Now it’s time for some of the baby steps.
Hope your day has gone well.
Loving Paris and looking forward to getting back to Ballinamore and my friends and the Sunny Funny Garden.