For about the 90th time on my road trip, I am overwhelmed at the gracious openness that people give me, even when I drop in almost last minute. Two days ago, while I was visiting Cindy Jennings in Spartanburg, South Carolina, I looked ahead to me route map, and noticed I would be going through south central Georgia, and likely not far from Camilla, where Vicki Davis calls home.
I’ve “Known” Vicki for year through onlien channels, her early blogging as Cool Cat Teacher, and her Flat Classroom work, being part of the K-12 Horizon reports etc. Were it not for a chance meetup in Seattle early on this trip instigated by Steve Dembo, today would have been my first meeting with Vicki.
Dspite her being crazy busy with school, family, writing books, running online projects, and likely 600 other things, Vicki and her husband graciously met up with me this afternoon, showed me around her family farm, took me to feed the catfish and visit her (cousin?) who runs a real life alligator farm. She set me up in the lovely Eagle Eyrie B&B. Tomorrow I will gwt to visit Vicki’s world famous classroom at Westwood High School and do a StoryBox demo as well.
Sadly, I was not allowed to take any photos of the alligators, but I learned all about how they are raised, saw a few of small to medium size, and learn how they grown to spec for… um.. well fashion products and meat. In a big way. On a big scale. Hey! Maybe MOOCs don’t but alligator sure scale.
Vicki shared so many stories I wish I had my mike on the whole time or been able to broadcast to ds106, but since Dr Garcia asked so nicely, I made a recording of a bit of our conversation before pizza showed up for dinner.
We talked about her current projects, and what she thinks people in the future might make of this time period.
Later (likely not on recording) we had a bit of talk of what her students shared what might be “Web 4.0” Are you ready for that? Vicki sure seems like it.
Thanks Vicki, for being such a Cool Cat to this Road Dog.