Monday, June 30, 2008

Thoughts about NECC 2008

With Julie Lindsay and Viki Davis
NECC Saturday, June 28, 2008 - Monday, June 30, 2008

WOW! Well we drove down early on Friday so that I would be sure to be here for Edubloggercon. That was an amazing day getting to meet and talk with many of the fantastic edubloggers like Ewan Mcintosh, Viki Davis, Julie Lindsay, Steve Hargadon, Wes Fryer, Scott McLeod, Darren Draper,
Stephanie Standifer and others, I apologize if I forgot to list your blog.

It is hard not to be awestruck when you meet the people in person whom you have learned so much about educational blogging by reading their blogs. Being a relative newcomer to the edubloggosphere, I have relied heavily upon what I have read on their blogs and it is a real treat to be able to sit down and talk to them about what they have done, in some cases, over a very long time in the world of educational blogging. In every instance, I have enjoyed meeting everyone who blogs, listed above, or not and have had very pleasant conversations and have learned a lot.


One of the funnest sessions was the Web 2.0 Smackdown hosted by Viki Davis which was a lot of fun with different people sharing some interesting Web 2.0 applications that they use or find interesting.

Wes Fryer gave a presentation on Digital Storytelling. We is always amazing,especially in person. This is the 3rd time that I have been able to hear Wes present, and it is always very informattive.

8:00AM Volunteer Shift
Worked on a session presented by Michelle Moore from Remote-Learner I have met Michellle several times and always enjoy her presentations on Moodle.

10:30 AM at the Bloggers' Cafe hanging out offering help to people who are interested in Educational Blogging and just planning on listening to some of the sessions in the Bloggers' Cafe.

12:30 listening to a presentation on UBD by Chris Lehmann who is the Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA on understanding backward design in developing lesson plans. Chris has tremendous energy and ideas and would be a principal I would like to work for!

1:00 PM Listened to a presentation by Ken Pruitt about Wikipatterns

3:00 PM Just finished listening to a session on Flat Classrooms at 2:00 PM with Julie Lindsay and Viki Davis it is one of the most anticipated sessions of the conference for me and I wasn't disappointed. Great job ladies.

3:15 PM Listening to a presentation by Dr. Scott Mcleod from Iowa State University and Johnathan Becker from Virginia Commonwealth University on Educational Technology and the Law a facilitated discussion.

3:30 PM listening to Sandy Fivecoat CEO of We Are Teachers

4:30 PM Went to a nice dinner reception at the Menger hotel sponsored by Data Projections

6:30 PM Went to a fun party at the Blue Star Brewery with the NECC Unplugged crowd! This was sponsored by Sandy Fivecoat with We Are Teachers.

9:30 PM Back at the La Quinta downtown thanks to our son Trey who picked us up at the Blue Star Brewery and drove us back.

11:25 PM Putting the finishing touches on this blog entry and getting ready to get some sleep and start all over again tomorrow.

I will be in the Student Showcase area from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM tomorrow afternoon enjoying Rhonda Curtsinger and her students from Hereford Junior High School showing off their Project. Go Herd!