Fascinating Al Upton

Thanks to Steve Hargadon for presenting this great Elluminate session (which was recorded for later listening) featuring Al Upton from Australia.  Al is the one who had his students, ages 7 and 8 blogging, and was asked to shut down his blog site last week.  One of the most fascinating things that Al shared was this quote:

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” 

Two weeks ago, very few of us even knew who Al was.  Many have eloquently expressed the surprise of this action and it will cause all of us to follow how this unfolds. Miguel, Vicki, and Stephen points to many others.

Most revealing to me are the comments of his students – the “mini-legends” – whose blogs got shut down – see comments 101-120 on his blog here.

I wonder who is most fearful of student bloggers that caused this reaction?

Here is  a summary of what has occurred from Sue Waters in Australia.

And an idea from Miguel Guhlin



5 Responses to “Fascinating Al Upton”

  1. 1 Steve Hargadon March 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Here’s a link to the page with the recordings from this “conversation:” http://www.classroom20wiki.com/LIVE+Conversations.


  2. 2 Gail Desler March 22, 2008 at 6:53 am


    I clicked on Sue Water’s Tweet link to the Al Upton wiki – and found your comment right off the bat. As always, it’s good to hear your voice.

    Gail Desler
    PS And you must take great pride in the evolution of the Calisphere, thinking back to your initial efforts to introduce a team of 20 teachers to the vast resources of the UC system.

  3. 3 Ian McLean March 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    And that’s why they call it a web!

    Amazing that a quote I found on a Star Trek bbs I frequent, and seemed relevant to Al Upton’s dilemma, would then get requoted in several other places, also in supporting of Al. Very exciting.

    Ian McLean

  1. 1 One More Voice in Support of Al Upton | BlogWalker Trackback on March 22, 2008 at 7:50 am

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