Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Career Strategies Congress

The III National Conference for Teachers of English was held in Concepción del Uruguay from April 22nd to 25th. Teachers from different provinces (Tucumán, Corrientes, Formosa, among others) attended to different presentations at the new local auditorium. The event was fantastically organized by Ma. Laura Perrotta and Roxana Embon.

I met Gustavo Gonzalez - vice president of APIBA (Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Buenos Aires) and vice president of FAAPI (Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Profesores de Inglés) - who delighted the audience with his energy, videos, music and magic - yes, he performed some magic tricks.

I also met Fabiana Parano (photo) who spoke about how to tell a story in L2 and performed "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe.

I also spoke with Mady Casco about her material concerned with the first episode of the TV, her series "LOST" and her experience as teacher trainer.

I spoke about Worldcall 2008, presented ARCALL and spoke about mobile learning.

The final raffle was amazing. I think everybody got a present from the different sponsors even a training course in England and another in South Africa. Can´t miss this event next year!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

LAN Parties

I went to a Design Exhibition in Buenos Aires last weekend and bought a magazine where I found an interesting article about LAN parties.

What is a LAN party? It is a temporary gathering of people together with their computers, which they network together. These local area networks (LANs) come in various sizes, from very small (two people) to very large (more than 10,000 people.

The Sweedish DreamHack Winter 2006 entered the guinness book of records because it was the biggest in the world : 10,638 laptops connected to the Net.

According to the sociologist, Ana Wortman, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) :"We can compare LAN Parties with a congress held by technology fans."

LAN Parties may have different aims. Some are organized by companies and have economic aims; however, others are held just for the fun of sharing with friends. The latter ones may be held in a garage or a house.

Some of the biggest events are Campus Party ( Valencia, Bogotá and San Pablo), Assembly Demo Party (Finland) LAN.Co (Colombia).

There was a LAN Party 2008 in Montevideo, Uruguay in May 2008. In Argentina there was one called Maximo LAN in Centro Costa Salguero last year.

More about LAN Parties. Click