Here I am back in Doha, Qatar after a personal invitation to attend the WISE event. (World Innovation Summit For Education
). Also here, so I found out through Twitter late last night, is Alan Levine
, Tom Barrett
....and 100's of others!
I have a wonderful room at the fairly new Grand Hyatt Hotel, with a balcony overlooking the pool area and towards the Pearl. Photos above taken just now from my balcony.
What an amazing event! At last I will see and hear Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, the Leader of innovation and education here in Doha. I can't believe I lived here for 2 years and worked at Qatar Academy, and for a time taught her son, but did not see her in person once, however this morning she will be opening the WISE event in person!
The program is full of plenary and breakout sessions. This is one of the the think-tank events of the year globally. I am honoured to be a part of it.
In addition, my friend and colleague Vicki Davis
(who was also invited to attend but could not get away from the USA), were shortlisted out of 100's of entries for a WISE award in the Pluralism
section for our Flat Classroom projects and Conference. Really looking forward to meeting the finalists this week.
Follow the action on Twitter
, and through the hash tag #wise09
, and the WISE official YouTube channel