NECC07: All over but the flight

As I sit here in the airport waiting for my flight to leave, I’m reflecting on “what just happened?” I’ve been thinking about my experience at this year’s conference compared to last years. In my eyes I don’t even think you can compare the two. Maybe it was my outlook on the conference…but I think it has to do more with the way this conference was set up. EdubloggerCon was a great kickoff to the conference…it started conversations that carried through the Blogger Café and into Will Richardson’s Spotlight session Wednesday Morning. This lounge area was created as a place to charge up and post blogs. We did blog, but face-to-face instead of on our web sites. David Warlick had a twit this morning that said “Trying to blog, but have given up and blogging f2f.” I think we all felt the same. If you wanted to write a blog entry you literally had to get up and leave the area…the conversation was so intense…so engaging that it sucked you in. For me, it just drove home the fact that blogging is about conversations. It’s not about writing, it’s not about journaling, it’s about connecting, sharing, conversing, and being part of a professional learning network. It was face to face blogging. It became such a conversation that today I showed up at the Café at 8:30 and couldn’t find a seat! Tables were moved, people created circles and just like blogging people came and went like wondering through an aggregator. I commend NECC for creating these lounge areas and I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more next year. Some of our conversations at the Café were around how to improve the space for next year. I hope that NECC gives some of us a chance to help design and create this area to include more voices and allow for even more conversations to take place. One thing I still can’t believe is the people I was able to meet and the people who wanted to meet me. That shocked me more than anything…and I must say I feel honored to be on anyone’s “who I want to meet list.” I know when you publish things to the web they are read by people all around the world, but it’s not until those people approach you just to say “hi”, to say “I read your blog” or take a...

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Drupal: Content Management for the Web 2.0 World

Presenter: Brett Hinton an Open Source Content Management System (CMS) You can set Drupal to allow sign up without a e-mail….that’s a good thing for schools who do not have student e-mail accounts. Drupal allows you to have a wiki, blog, podcasts all in one CMS system. I really like drupal but need to spend some more time setting it up, hacking it up, and adding good modules. What Drupal modules in your opinion are a must have? [tags]necc07[/tags] Technorati Tags: n07s814, necc, necc07,...

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My Thoughts: Tuesday at NECC

What a day! Like yesterday’s post there was way to much information for my brain to process all in one day but here is random thoughts that I’m still wrestling with. Skype Notes: Below you can read the notes that 5 of us took via a session this morning. To be honest the session wasn’t all that good…but Skype allowed us to ask those question and thoughts we have in real time and allow others to feed of them, expand them, and take them in new directions. If you have ever taken notes during a presentation, you know though questions you have that you want answered, those thoughts that you want to hear what others think…those make up our Skype Note. Everyone of us came out of the session looking at each other with wide eyes. It was the first time I think any of us had done something like that and it was so empowering…I’m sure you’ll see another one tomorrow. The most interesting part of the day (and the conference) as been the explosion of twitter. Part of yesterday’s conversation was around ways we can use this in the classroom? So today I downloaded TwitterCamp, installed it and the invited people to the Blogger Cafe for a preview of the software (of course the invite came via Twitter). Once there, things got out of control. The conversation started John Pederson grabbed my laptop and hooked it up the a TV that was standing by. From there we decided that nobody would watch it in the corner (and my laptop needed power) so we moved the TV so it was facing away from the Cafe and towards the foot traffic. People then started adding me as a friend and watching to see their twit pop up on the screen. For the next 5 hours the conversation was fantastic and I ended up spending the rest of the day at the Cafe.Ryan Bretag and I were talking tonight over where do you categorize twitter? The best thing I can come up with is a hybrid between IMing and Blogging. IMing is real time syncroness conversation. Twitter is not, but like IMing you write in short straight forward language. Twitter allows you 140 characters so you learn quickly just how much you can write. You also are connected to the network at all times. Blogging is asyncroness. You write, and...

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Panel Forum: New Tools, New Schools: Starting the Conversation about Web 2.0

My Screen during this session [9:21:56 AM] Jeff Utecht added Brian Crosby to this chat[9:22:11 AM] Jeff Utecht added Vinnie Vrotny to this chat[9:22:27 AM] Jeff Utecht says: Let’s do it![9:22:48 AM] David Jakes says: This should  be very interesting[9:23:15 AM] Vinnie Vrotny says: and now we know why so many kids are being diagnosed with add[9:23:31 AM] Jeff Utecht says: for sure[9:24:01 AM] Jeff Utecht says: OK..I’m thinking that we have a great discussion here and then I’ll post it to the blog afterwards….everyone OK with that?[9:24:12 AM] Brian Crosby says: OK[9:24:11 AM] Vinnie Vrotny says: no problems[9:24:13 AM] David Jakes says: yep, thats a good idea[9:24:21 AM] Vinnie Vrotny says: interesting experiment[9:24:37 AM] David Jakes says: sweet[9:24:55 AM] Brian Crosby says: Does that mean all my comments have to sound meaningful?[9:26:05 AM] Vinnie Vrotny says: hope my battery holds out. I also am audio recording conversation with iriver. will see what the quality is later[9:26:06 AM] Jeff Utecht says: No[9:26:14 AM] Jeff Utecht says: cool[9:26:32 AM] Jeff Utecht says: It’s just a conversation…raw and meaningful.[9:27:22 AM] Jeff Utecht added Brian Grenier to this chat[9:27:29 AM] Vinnie Vrotny says: hey brian[9:27:33 AM] Jeff Utecht says: Welcome Brian Grenier![9:27:42 AM] David Jakes says: Brian:  we are chatting and this is going to  be a blog post so keep it clean[9:28:05 AM] Brian Crosby says: OH.. OK[9:27:58 AM] Brian Grenier says: hey vinnie[9:28:09 AM] Brian Grenier says: cool i’m in[9:28:17 AM] Brian Grenier says: dang[9:29:26 AM] Jeff Utecht says: http://www.danieldura.com/code/twittercamp Twittercamp a display after this in the blogger cafe if you are interested![9:29:46 AM] Brian Grenier says: That is one heck of a mic for a podcast[9:30:04 AM] David Jakes says: How many, about 50%[9:30:40 AM] Jeff Utecht says: Question to Dave’s answer: How many people are using 2.0 tools in the classroom?[9:30:51 AM] David Jakes says: Will is up[9:31:06 AM] Brian Crosby says: Good point Jeff[9:31:09 AM] Vinnie Vrotny says: conversation is happening now behind the scenes What they don’t know and understand. Real classroom 2.0 experience[9:31:16 AM] Jeff Utecht says: Blogger for 6 years….I didn’t know blogs have been around that long.[9:31:44 AM] Vinnie Vrotny says: Would be cool if they would post a chat window on the screen so that the underlying conversations can be shown to those not connected[9:31:50 AM] Brian Crosby says: Or have stus use and design as opposed to teachers just bookmarking.[9:31:58 AM]...

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School 2.0 : Technology and the Future of Schools

Presenter Timothy Magner School 2.0 website. (A must read!) Cell phones allow you to call a person not a place 65.4% of U.S. population own cell phones. Average U.S. home has 26 different media devices Wired teen population surges at the 7th grade 44% of boys 79% of girls online in 6th grade e-mail is a fixture -IM is preferred 79% of teens report helping adults do something online that they couldn’t do themselves. Use to customizing everything US youth lag much of the world in use of mobile devices to connect to the Internet Showing poster of School 2.0 (from link above) “We’re creating the future together!” Question: Top two challenges for schoolsAnswer: Recourse and effectiveness Said he would put the PPT online. Worth it if you give presentations to staff…great stats that can be used. [tags]necc07[/tags] Technorati Tags: n07s624, necc07, necc2007,...

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