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July 26, 2008

Now that NECC is over and I've had a little time to absorb and reflect on some of the sessions I was able to attend, I've been following up with some  of the information I gathered. 

One of the sessions was about 21st Century Learners by Ian Jukes.  Jukes has a great website called the Committed Sardine.  If you want to know more about that, I'll let you do the search, it's not difficult to find.  He is a powerful, interesting and energetic speaker to say the least.  I must thank Jim for the recommendation.

Through his website I came across the following video that I think, without a question, is worth a  view.  A reminder that if we need our students to WANT to attend school, we have to make some changes in how we teach.  And that alone can make a huge difference in their learning.




Keywords: Committed Sardine, Ian Jukes, NECC

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July 02, 2008

For the final NECC keynote, Idit Harel Caperton shared her vision for the future of education technology. She is tremendously accomplished, perhaps best known as the co-editor (with Seymour Papert) of the 1991 book, Constructionism, the first book about constructionist learning

Idit's presentation was, to say the least, challenging for many of us. She promised to take us on a journey through 3 decades of catalyzing change, 3 days of  the catalysts of change (ie those at NECC who are endeavoring to drive change), and 3 wishes for the future. The overarching theme of the presentation was “The Transformational Power of Social Media Technology in Learning”, which was of particular interest to me, for I am a proponent of the use of social technologies in education. More ...

Keywords: Constructionism, Education Technology, Idit Harel Caperton, NECC, NECC08, Social Media

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June 29, 2008

EduBloggerCon 08 is over and it was quite a day. For me, it was something of a battle just to get there, having flown through the night, with flight delays putting me on the ground (exhausted) at 9:00am Saturday morning. I rushed over to the convention center, grabbed Arlene out of the waning moments of her first session (Google apps, I think) and she graciously oriented me as to the “whos” and “hows.” 

This is a unique conference, or “unconference” as Steve likes to refer to it, in that it is run entirely by the participants. More ...

Keywords: ebc08, EduBloggerCon, NECC, NECC08, Social Networking, Unconference, Web 2.0

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This year the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) is in San Antonio.  For me it's both a little work and vacation as I've never been to San Antonio before.  If you can ignore the heat and humidity, along with thunderstorms expected any time now, it's a beautiful town.  

We've walked to the Alamo, the Riverwalk, Mission San Fernando and already been to events at the Convention Center.  Yesterday afternoon in front of the Alamo there was a bull riding event.  Interesting being close up to a real Brahma bull.

Bull Rider 

As far as tech events yesterday I participated in a unique "unconference" called the edubloggercon. More ...

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June 25, 2008

NECC 2008 is right around the corner and I must say, I'm pretty excited about it! I'll be doing two sessions,  My Space, Your Space: Effective Social Networking Using Open Source on Monday, 6/30/2008, 2:00pm–3:00pm in HGCC 217 A, and Social Networking in Education on Tuesday, 7/1/2008, 2:00pm–3:00pm in HGCC 217 A. I'm looking forward to meeting up with educators from around the world to share and discuss technology in education.

There has been a great deal of interest in Elgg, which is the social networking platform that we used to create this site and the SUSD Student Community, and there are a lot of other schools and organizations using it. To help us all "group up", I have created this group on the NECC Ning site. If you are interested in Elgg, or educational social networking in general, please join us on the NECC Ning! I'd love to get a great discussion group going, and maybe coordinate a meetup or two with those of you who will be at NECC next week.

See you in San Antonio!

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Keywords: Elgg, NECC, NECC2008, Ning

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July 08, 2006

Now that I've had a minute to digest all the information from the final day of the conference, I have to say that the experience was unbelievable at best.  I never did have enough time to really see what was offered in the exhibit hall, as the various one hour sessions took most of my time.  On Friday I spent a couple of hours volunteering for CUE at an "Ask Me" booth with a teacher from Texas.  Besides answering tons of questions from other attendees, most looking for directions, we had a chance to talk and share about our various schools and districts.
I made a point to be at Jim's presentation and take a couple of pictures.

Presentation board listing

Presentation listing

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Keywords: NECC, Open Source

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NECC 2006 has come to a close, and all in all, I believe it was quite a success. ISTE did a great job of organizing and planning the events, with plenty of options for every interest and skill set. If there was one criticism I have of the conference, it would be that there should be a bit more scrutiny of the sessions, and that the schedule needs to be reduced to specific tracks in key interest areas. Wading through 20-25 session options on overlapping time schedules during any given hour was a bit unnerving at times. Fewer, more focused sessions with proven speakers along track lines would be a big improvement.

Yesterday, Mike and I participated in a BOF (birds of a feather) session More ...

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July 06, 2006

Talk about overwhelming!  This morning our little group - Sharon, Mike, Jim and myself listed to Nicholas Negroponte talk about the One Laptop Per Child Initiative.  Very inspiring.  They even have one of the prototypes on display in the Open Source Pavillion. 
Today's sessions included one on using Microsoft Movie Maker in the classroom.  Some great ideas there.  It's a free download from Microsoft. This will help for those classrooms with PCs. 
I've also taken some time to peruse the Exhibit Hall.  There is just no way to explain how huge it is - maybe the length and breadth of a football field.  At least it seems so.  Every vendor who does anything with technology and education is here.  I picked up a demo of Rosetta Stone which Sharon has used and feels is very successful.  Also found a new company that has a multiplication only software that can be downloaded for free (the basic program) and I'm getting lots of copies that have a 30 day free trail of the whole program.  It's PC only now, but the MAC version will be released this fall.  Looks promising.  Let me know if you are interested in taking a look at this. You can check it out at
I'm off to check out another presentation and then a reception for volunteers.

Keywords: NECC

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July 05, 2006

Arrived at NECC today, and have been quite impressed, not only by the number of attendees, but also by the number and quality of vendors in the exhibit hall. The selection of sessions is downright dizzying for any one hour period, on a wide variety of topics. I have been happy to see a large number of sessions incorporating open-source tools, some of which we use (or are thinking of using.) There are quite a few districts exploring the possibilities of open technologies. After seeing the state of blogging and e-portfolios at these sessions, however, I'm looking forward to demonstrating our teacher community on Friday - boy do they need something better!

I'll be serving on a variety of panels and other meetings as well while I am here. Will keep everyone posted with pictures, etc. as the days progress.

A view of the NECC show floor:

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Keywords: NECC, NECC 2006

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Okay, so here I am again.  After an eSchool News orientation and wonderful fireworks on the harbor yesterday, I'm in my 3rd session for the day.
I started out with some great info in a session with Bernie Dodge from San Diego State on Quest Garden.  I'll post specifics in documents that will be available for download from my file after I get back and write it up.
My second session was on Podcasting.  I continue to attend these to make sure I have as much information as possible to assist anyone who is interested.
And now I'm waiting for a workshop on Using Technology to Improve Student Writing.  I have talked to one of the presenters and she assures me that this will have many solutions to help out students.  Let you know when it's over.
After this I'm off to learn more of Garageband and will finally be done for the day about 4:30.
Oh yes, and I must say Saugus is well represented.  Sharon Wagner is with me and I ran into Debbie Rocha and Linda Candib from Helmers.  Also Jim and Mike are here as they are presenting on Open Source. 
More to come....

Keywords: NECC

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July 02, 2006

This next week is the National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego.  Several of us from SUSD will be attending.  This is a huge conference with about 16,000 attendees and their families converging on San Diego to attend workshops, hear presentations, and view exhibits from the newest and best in educational technology.  Some may even take in the sights and events available in San Diego.

For this conference  I have tried to get a little more involved in the community of ed tech and will be volunteering at an information booth and filing reports on sessions I attend for eSchool News an online e-zine.   This is in addtion to attending  a workshop on integrating writing into technology and attending many one hour presentations.  I'm hoping to fit in some time at  the Open Source Pavilion and view the $100 laptops that will be previewed.  (If you don't know about the One Laptop Per Child initiative check out Jim's blog)

As you can see, it's not all fun and games.  I'm looking forward to getting out of the heat of the Santa Clarita Valley for a few days and expand my knowledge to bring back some great ideas to share. 

I'll be blogging along as the week progresses and maybe sending along some links to great info, so keep posted.

Keywords: National Education Computing Conference, NECC

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