It has been a long but exciting day. The teachers from Ireland all got in very late last evening. Doreen and Cathal arrived at 11:30 and poor Christine didn’t get in until 2:00 in the morning. Then it was an early start to get the bus to the Renaissance Hotel venue at 7:00!!
There was only an hour to get their exhibits set up before the opening speeches started. Even though we all were severely lacking in sleep, I think we looked pretty chipper and ready to meet the day. Deirdre Butler, Head Judge, and Victor McNair, Judge, joined us for the journey.It was the 1st time I saw the sun since I landed, so that bode well for the day. Once we got in, Christine, Cathal and Doreen got stuck right into setting up their exhibits and were up and running in about 30 minutes
The layout and setup was very agreeable for the Irish in that they are the 1st thing you see when you walk into the room. You can’t ask for better placement than that.
The keynote was delivered by my good friend Lauren Woodman, Microsoft GM Worldwide Partners in Learning. I think everyone in attendance saw 1st hand her deep understanding and passion for education. Without her leadership this whole programme would just “drift away”.
So the 1st day of hard graft has come and gone. The interest level for all 3 Irish exhibits was phenomenal. The judges will deliberate all evening and tomorrow and announce the winners on Thursday evening at the gala dinner.
We’re off to dinner and a few glasses of vino. See you all tomorrow.