Saturday, January 24, 2009

Yaqzan is My Hero

I am sitting in the auditorium in the Qatar Academy enjoying the debate about web 2.0 technology. Yaqsan (one of my brothers from another country) just got up and challenged the teachers in the room to spread the message of the conference virally.

He said if we go back home and teach other teachers, this message will spread. That is a powerful thought and a bold statement for a 16 year old student from Oman to make in a room full of strangers.

Yaqsan is a rockstar.

Here's another challenge to SSPJ students (8th grade you should know this):

What is the definition of "Viral Marketing"?


  1. Hi Uncle George,
    What kind of food are you eating?

  2. Hi Emily!
    For breakfast, I had baked beans, something called "cocktail juice", (which was awesome- maybe some sort of guava/passionfruit type of vibe) a buttered roll and coffee.
    Lunch and dinner were at the conference and the buffet had no names on the trays. Most of it I never recognized, but it all tasted good.
    Different kinds of breads, spicy chicken, some sort of beef casserole. Oh and the best part- the waiter brought around this green drink that was like a minty lemonade slurpee.
    Hopefully they serve more of that tomorrow.

  3. Mr. Haines,

    I am looking forward to learning all about your trip and integrating all of your future teachings into my own curriculum. The fourth and fifth graders will definitely benefit from your time in Qatar.

    And by the way, I am up to Oman’s challenge to spread the message.

    Mr. DiMenna

  4. Hey Mr. Haines,
    Cool pictures and videos!! What is it like in Qatar? Do you like it in Qatar?
    ~Mary Elizabeth Guida Grade 7

  5. Mr. DiMenna-
    Thanks for following. I told Yaqzan to check out what you wrote. It is great to know he is making an impact all the way back in NY.

    Hey MEG!
    Thanks. Stay tuned, there is more to come. It is a fascinating place. I am having a terrific time.

  6. Viral marketing and viral advertising refer to marketing techniques that use pre-existing social networks to produce increases in brand awareness or to achieve other marketing objectives (such as product sales) through self-replicating viral processes, analogous to the spread of pathological and computer viruses. It can be word-of-mouth delivered or enhanced by the network effects of the Internet.[1] Viral promotions may take the form of video clips, interactive Flash games, advergames, ebooks, brandable software, images, or even text messages. The basic form of viral marketing is not infinitely sustainable.

  7. hi mr Haines
    thank you ever so much for the blog you posted about me
    the first time i read it i was speechless
    you are a very kind teachers
    the students you teach are very luck to have a teacher like yourself
    thank you again

  8. Hi Mr.Haines you rock!