Sunday, June 23, 2002

Last week I was in San Antonio to conduct a SMART board TM interactive whiteboard Master's training session and work the SMART Technologies Inc. booth @ the "National Educational Computing Conference". The Nexus in Texas was a blast.

This conference presented an opportunity to "preach to the converted." The attendees I encountered on the show floor "got it." It was nice to hear the interesting stuff our customers are doing with RoomwareTM. These technologically proficient customers presented challenging questions, which are always welcome. There's a kick to be had helping customers use our hardware and software in creative ways.

On the way to the airport on Thursday, I had the good fortune to be able to spend a few hours visiting the Education Service Center, Region 20 in San Antonio.

Man, what a facility! It's packed with people and resources with the expressed aim of providing service and support to educators.

My "behind the scenes" was conducted by Dr. Eddyth Worley. Dr. Worley is a dynamic and engaging individual who had us in stitches throughout.

The tour itself featured:
  • "modular" meeting rooms
  • state of the art computers -- labs, mainframes and networks
  • full television studios
  • the nation's second largest producer (behind the federal government) of Braille
  • supplies and facilities for preparing teaching materials
  • a greenhouse
  • a "lending library" for amphibians and reptiles
I remain very impressed. I've never seen anything like it. This link provides a little background on Dr. Worley's work.

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