NECC Day 3

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 | , , , | 4 comments »

NECC wrapped up today and I must say I'm a little relieved. Tuesday was a pretty powerful day for me and I'm not sure I could have handled as long of a day. I hit a couple great sessions and hit the exhibit floor a little bit before wrapping up the day with an adult beverage at a little restaurant on the RiverWalk with some new friends. My flight out of SA is Thursday at 11:30 and I'm hoping everything goes smoothly and I can see my family at the airport when they pick me up around 3:15 in the afternoon.

Two sessions really stood out to me today. The first, one pretty much set up for librarians was more of a panel discussion with each librarian talking about how the library is changing and what we need to do to keep up with the changes. Great points discussed and good conversation going on in the back channel of the uStream, which did include a participant on the panel. I follow some of the wonderful teacher-librians on the panel (Joyce V., Cathy N., Diane C., and Caryolyn F.) and it was great to listen to them share information.

I also attended another session that dealt with online collaboration. This session, led by Wes Fryer and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach talked a lot about the K12 Online Conference. I got pretty excited about the possibilities of this and after listening to some of the success of last year, decided to throw my hat in the ring as a possible volunteer. I will certainly be participating as a learner and am hoping to bring some of my colleagues along for the ride. A couple things in this session blew me away - not content wise, but technology wise. At this point in the game, new "discoveries" with technology shouldn't surprise me, but they do. One of the "presenters" was live via video Skype. I think it's rather amazing that I could learn from a wide range of people both in the room and in another country. In addition, in the back channel discussion on uStream, there was a follower participating in the discussion IN THEIR CAR driving home from NECC. A simple Verizon wireless card in the laptop allowed this to happen. Wow. It makes me think that a wireless world isn't too far away.

Near the end of the day, on my way to my last session, I walked by a room with a session being led by Steve Dembo. I met Steve a few days before and heard him talking about Acceptable Use Policies. I immediately went to this session. Sure, it saved me a few more steps, but I was interested in the topic and wanted to hear what Steve had to say. It was fast, but I got something out of it.

My time at the end of convention was spent at the Bloggers' Cafe with Lee K. and others watching the closing keynote and following Twitter and the many not so positive comments about it. After it was over, I said a few good byes and met a few new friends for a drink before heading out.

Overall, good day.

Look for more rambling about the conference other new discoveries in the next few days.

4 comments

  1. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach // July 3, 2008 at 2:37 PM  

    Glad you enjoyed the session and more glad you will be helping as a committee member.

    Welcome to K12Online08

  2. IMC Guy // July 4, 2008 at 10:30 PM  

    @sheryl Thanks - I'm looking forward to it.

  3. Lee // July 5, 2008 at 7:27 PM  

    Chad,
    What a fast-paced conference it was! It was so nice to finally meet you and to spend time with you. Perhaps we can work collaboratively online this year, somehow. At the very least, I know I'll see you involved with the DEN this year.

    I'll also be helping with the K12online08 conference, so once again, our paths cross!

    ~Lee K.

  4. Cathy Nelson // July 21, 2008 at 9:18 PM  

    Im delighted that you came to our session too! Wish I could have managed a f2f too. I stayed thru Thursday as well, flyng out late afternoon. Edubloggercon was fun (thought he vote is still out on how much some got out of it.) Please come to Edcon in Philly in January--google it-->Educon 2.1. Some of us will be there too. I will definitely be in the chats for K12Online. Welcome to my network Chad!

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