FETC: Opening Keynote and More

Thursday was the first full day for FETC. It was a very weird feeling. The sessions started before the opening keynote. I was still trying to get a grasp on that. It’s all well though. Began the day with Hall’s Featured Session titled “Thinking Big as the World Gets Small”. I of course asked his permission prior to his presentation starting if I could ustream out his session. Knowing he’d be well okay with it, I had everything set up, so all I had to do was take care of the settings. You can view the presentation here in case you aren’t down here at FETC.

With lunch needing to be eaten and a Discovery Focus Group I volunteered to take part in, I missed out on the 2nd and 3rd sessions of the day. That’s well and okay, as the keynote was given by Philippe Cousteau. He weaved a wonderful conversation with the teachers here at FETC about his work, his life and his family. I thought the most touching moment of the keynote was his sharing a video clip of his father along the Nile River.

Afterwards, we were off to the VIP reception in the corporate room where we were able to do a meet and greet with Philippe. Having worked with and around celebrities prior to becoming a teacher, outside of last year and Jeff Corwin as the keynote, I rarely get awestruck with celebrity. Mr. Cousteau impressed on me greatly with his willingness to talk to everyone that came up to him, take pictures and sign autographs. He is well to be commended for his openness and humbleness towards the teachers who were coming up to him. Thank you Discovery for such an privilige to be able to meet such a fine and honorable person.

More tomorrow and hopefully we can finally get Debbie Bohanan hooked up with being able to access the blog.



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  1. Debbie Bohanan said:

    He was a great speaker and spent quality time with each person who came up to him in the corporate room. He autographed a picture for my son and I love the quote, “To a fellow environmentalist, you hold the future in your hands”.

    When I came home and shared it with my four year old, he looked down at his tiny hands and said, “no I don’t mommy”. Children can be so literal but little does he know that the future is yet to be written and he will have a hand in what it looks like.

    Philippe Cousteau reminded us that we are all environmentalist and it is our job to educate the future so that they can preserve this wonderful world.

    A big thank you to Discovery for providing us with this wonderful opportunity!

  2. David Fisher said:

    Thank you Discovery for a wonderful FETC experience!

    Phillipe certainly, I believe, excited the environmentalist in all of us. His words of doing something can certainly spur action, both large and small.

    I enjoyed the time that I had to chat with Phillipe. I told him that some of my favorite childhood television moments were watching his grandfather explore. It was great television then, and I’m sure that it would be great television today.

    I did bring a picture home for my daughter and told her that I met a televisoin star while I was away. I have to say that I wasn’t at all disappointed by her first comments, “Oh, he’s cute!”

  3. Ruth E Manlandfro said:

    Thank you Discovery for a wonderful time at FETC!!!!
    I enjoyed the evening with Phillippe – what a wonderful guy. My assistant principal talked with him about a project in Florida that they did and he know about it and talked with her.
    I attended Joe Brennan’s movie making session which was great fun and so much to learn.
    I attended the lunch and learn- thank you so much. I learned about the new site which has helped me with the navigation.
    I would like to get a group started in North East Florida. Is this possible?
    Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  4. Karen Pruitt said:

    Discovery – you are always the BEST at FETC! Thank you for the one days pass for the teachers that could not attend due to budget cuts!!

    Philippe Cousteau was an amazing guest speaker. This Irishman tips me hat to a fellow Scotsman!

    It was an honor to meet such an incredible person. What a great message – reduce your carbon footprint!! EarthEcho International, an environmental action group, founded by the Cousteau family, whose motto is “Everything you do makes a difference”.

    On March 29th will you turn of your lights -http://www.earthhour.org ??

  5. Nathan Guteras said:

    Yes, I particpated in Earthhour.org. Also the information Tom posted from FETC DEN trainings was helpful, as I use Google Sketch up with Discovery Streaming with my students when I teach math, science and social studies. Today we did a lesson on cordinates on the grid.

  6. Janet Hallstrom said:

    I just want to thank Discovery for taking such a big part in Florida’s FETC. Not only were all the events, workshops, etc. provided fabulous, but the networking was invaluable. I am still exploring all the resources, tools, and ideas the Discovery Team presented. Fortunately , Hall gave us this page http://www.halldavidson.net/downloads.html of his workshop resouces that I am still playing with. Steve Dembo has me following him when I can onto sites such as Prezi.com. Anyway, even though FETC was in January, I’m still learning so much 3 months later.

  7. Cheryl said:

    Thanks Discovery for being such a big part of FETC . I appreciated all you did to help make FETC a success. The preconference event was awesome as always even if we did freeze! Thanks Discovery for a great experience!

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