One technical issue arose, however, as it appears as though Blogger temporarily blocked our computers from commenting on the blog - via IP address. After 152 or so comments, suddenly commenting was blocked from our computers - but not from outside. We think Blogger automatically suspected an attack was occuring on the blog, with 150 or so comments coming from one IP address (we funnel through a proxy server) in a short period of time. It's actually pretty cool that it could do that, even if that causes problems for us. It's unblocked now, so we'll see if it happens again (we've reached 200 comments before in a live blogging session without getting blocked, but maybe they've added a new algorithm to detect potential abuse).
The first visitor was Dan Maas, our district's CIO. This was his second visit - which we very much appreciate - and he participated in the fishbowl - submitting questions and thoughts via the live blogging. Very cool. We're thinking that in the future we'll try notifying parents of when and where (URL) the live blogging part of the discussion is taking place so that they can attend - and possibly participate - virtually. Even though they won't hear the inner circle discussion, they can still get the flavor of the discussion through the live blogging. (I even have thoughts of "broadcasting" the audio of the fishbowl live via Skype, but that will have to wait for a while.)
Our second visitor didn't participate in the live blogging, but shared his thoughts later.
I want to thank you and your students for a fantastic learning experience. The multiple iterations of question/inquiry/response gave me insight into the depth, sophistication and intelligence of the class. Well done by all!And:
It was learning at the speed of thought.Who was that second visitor? Scott Murphy - our Superintendent. He posted some questions of his own on the blog later in the day and the students have been responding to them since.
But wait, as if that wasn't enough, I received an email from Stan Scheer - our previous Superintendent - later that night. Stan is now Superintendent in Murrieta, California, and sent me this note:
Karl--I recently connected with the Fischbowl and that wonderful future's presentation [Did You Know] you provided. I sent the kindergartners of the Class of 2019 here in Murrieta a letter recently with the point being, we need to take it up a notch for these kids given the facts provided in your presentation.So, I guess it was a two-Superintendent day here at Arapahoe. Not bad for a Monday.
. . . Nicely done. I plan on making your media presentation a part of my superintendent's remarks at my next board meeting here in Murrieta. Thanks for giving permission from the blog to use this.
Exciting but challenging times. Sounds like you are well on your way at Arapahoe . . . I am so pleased that you all are carrying on with this important work. You are having such a wonderful impact on students there. Thank you.
Have a great year. Stan