Finding old material from the Internet

Today I read a news story about ‘digital archaeology’ on the web. Digital archaeology is a term given to outdated and retro gadgets and sites, and this article was reporting on items still on the web  since 1996, some of which are still being updated.  For example, a Robert De Niro fan page has survived for 15 years.


It also mentions The Wayback Machine which stores archived pages and screen grabs.


For some time now I have been using this resource to check facts and figures for Conductive Education. It is possible to search the Way Back Machine by inserting the URL for the centre or organisation that you want. For example, putting in www.peto.hu brings up over 4,000 hits.

It is comforting to know that in this age of on with the new and forget the old, it is possible to find out things about Conductive Education’s history, that some of it is preserved and some things, such as dates and events, development of websites, can be checked.

But a lot is probably gone forever which reminds us  that we  still need the traditional methods of recording information such as books, journals and personal archives.

New Conductive Education portal now up and running!

New Conductive Education portal now up and running!

Today I received the press release re the new CE portal which is now up and running. Rather than try and summarise it I have reproduced it here. 


November 5, 2009 Contact: M.J. Szimanski
202.560.75 1 6

Conductive Education Communications Center (CECC) Launched at


Website Portal will Connect and Inform Parents, Educators and Legislators with Conductive Education Resources and News for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Related Disorders

WASHINGTON, DC – The Conductive Education Communications Center (CECC) website, blog and discussion forum was officially launched today athttp://www.conductiveeducation.net/.

The CECC website is specifically designed for parents, certified Conductive Education teachers and specialists, other therapists, center and facility owners, service providers, legislators, attorneys, the media and those involved with the care and education of children with cerebral palsy and related neuromuscular disorders.

The Conductive Education Communications Center offers areas including a blog, links, a resource toolbox, videos, attorney resources, worldwide Conductive Education centers, an employment center (for those seeking both Conductive Education employment and applicants), recent and relevant articles, news and perhaps most importantly, a discussion forum for parents, educators and others to discuss Conductive Education resources and experiences. Contributions from parents, educators and others will also we welcomed.

According to the Peto Institute

(http://www.petoinstitute.org/), Conductive Education’s founding organization, “Conductive education is a unique system of teaching and learning for children with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. It is designed to improve motor skills and increase independence of many aspects of common living.

Conductive Education was developed at the Petö Institute


in Hungary over 40 years ago and has now been widely established in Hungary, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel , and others. There are other centers using principles of Conductive Education in Malta and New Zealand as well.”

For further information on the Conductive Education Communications Center , please contact the publisher at


Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.

New content is still to be added and a little tweaking to be done. I am sure Mike Szimanski would appreciate any feedback that you may wish to give and it will be interesting to see how it develops.

Conductive Education Communications Center is nearly here

t is nearly the end of October when the new portal being set up in the US is due to be launched.The announcement of its aims and content has now been extended and updated. For further details go tohttp://conductiveeducation.blogspot.com/

The portal, Conductive Education Communications Center, hopes to provide information for all those interested and involved in Conductive Education and ‘will allow you and others to learn more about Conductive Education and share what they know’.It will provide, amongst other services, articles and information obtained from libraries, (I hope copyright has been looked at here), a discussion forum, a blog, access to videos and news, sample forms, correspondence and strategies to help support Conductive Education in your area, webinars, and advertise centres, services etc for a fee.

This is a lot of information to be kept up to date and accurate, so I wish the CECC the best of luck and look forward to posting about the launch soon.

US window on Conductive Education

The US CE portal is still not live due to technical difficulties, I understand. As I said before setting up such a website must involve collecting and collating an enormous amount of information, finding appropriate software for all the different aspects. Just getting this blog to operate as I wish can be a duel between me and the computer, so I have great sympathy and admiration for anyone who tries anything more complicated.
Let us hope it will be up and running soon.

Sharing information and experiences in Conductive Education via the Internet

I think that the internet has provided a number of ways of enabling people to to ‘talk’ to each other when miles apart and one of these is the discussion forum. Discussion Forums offer an ideal way for those working all over the world, sometimes alone and sometimes with others, to share experiences and ask for suggestions to help solve problems. There are several discussion forums now for Conductive Education and none appear to be very active, unlike the former forum on the Foundation for Conductive Education website was a few years ago. Is this because technology has moved on, blogs and sites such as Facebook, Myspace are the communication channels of choice now? Are conductors too busy, too tired at the end of the day/week? Are they communicating in a more private way? I would be very interested to know. Even so, I would like to note that the Conductive Education Community Discussion Forum has had some new responses to the question about what conductiors wear on their feet. Maybe this will encourage more to join in the discussion.

Earlier this year, Ben Foulger reported on his blog that there had been no use of the internet to announce the programme and record what had been presented at a recent CE conference in England.


As he said, this would have been very useful and of great interest to those who had been unable to attend. He asked for people to vote if they would like this to happen in the future and said he was willing to help set this up for conferences. At the end of the time allowed (which was a couple of months, I think) there were only FOUR votes (all for the motion), of which one was mine!

I know all those who work in Conductive Education are very busy and committed to it, but I hope they will try and build on these small beginnings to share the information and experiences which would benefit them all.

Do let me know what you think and of any forums you use.

Some other Discussion Forums


Please note that the new US CE portal intends to include a discussion forum on its website but has been somewhat delayed due to technical difficulties.

Another delay in new Conductive Education website

I have just seen that the new Conductive Education portal as been put back again until the end of April. Starting something like this is very time consuming and will involve co-ordinating a lot of material and people and there may be lots of unforeseen issues to deal with. Let us hope that the extra time will produce an extra good site.

Check http://www.conductiveeducation.net/ on 30 April and find out.

Update on Conductive Education portal in US

On 18 March I noted that there was a plan to set up a new website covering a whole range of aspects of Conductive Education. It was intended to launch this on 31 March. 

http://ce-library.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-recieved-email-today-telling-me-about.htmlThe plans appear to have been delayed a little and it is now hoped to get it up, on or around 15 April. For further information and updates, go to