NECC in Our Neck of the Woods!

I had the privilege to be a part of a conference call (Yes, land lines. Oh the embarrassment.) with several other Texas educators who blog as well as a few of the important NECC people at ISTE. We spent an hour or so batting around ideas of what was going to happen at NECC 2008 and what could/should happen at NECC 2008, which happens to be in San Antonio this year. From an educator’s perspective, I do not think NECC could be more open and willing to meet our needs and interests.

With the online conference planner to pre-schedule your session and the online planner as a place to create this agenda to print or retrieve online (is this thing iPhone/iTouch friendly I wonder), any participant can be organized and prepared for a full schedule of events.

Check out these things on the NECC site:
Schedule at a Glance
Program Search (to find which sessions interest you, has one touch adding to Planner)
Featured Events
Volunteer Possibilities

One really neat thing that came out of the conversation was about the opening social. If you are going to be in San Antonio on that Sunday, do not miss it. If you are not going to be there yet, you won’t have to miss it. You see, ISTE has taken the steps to recreate the event in Second Life. Yep, you will see other SL’ers and the atmosphere, and my favorite part, even the band will be in SL. What a deal! These folks have gone out of their way to show the power of collaboration with these tools. Only if other organizations would pick up on that. Sigh.

So no matter whether you are into iPods, leadership roles, open source software, higher education, tech products, or even just online communities, NECC has a place or a session for you. EdubloggerCon and the Blogger’s Cafe are already in the works to make a return trip to NECC. I assure you, it will be very difficult to stand in the convention center (or any of the hotels) and ask out loud “Who wants to discuss (insert ed tech topic here)” and not find a willing participant or two. It is the perfect conference to unconference.

As for me and my conversations, we will be all over the Riverwalk. After dark, you will find me by the pool with some BBQ, Cokes, and great educator friends during the evening solving all the world’s problems (or at least Texas education’s). Welcome to Texas!

7 thoughts on “NECC in Our Neck of the Woods!

  1. Scott,
    Hi there! My name is Beth Still and I will be attending the conference in San Antonio next month. I just posted my information on the edublogger wiki and now I am going throught the list hoping to find some people with similar interests to meet up with. I work for an educational service unit in western Nebraska. I teach at an alternative high school which is going to turn into a virtual high school over the summer. I am interested in learning more about podcasting, blogging, wikis, Word Press, and Moodle.

    I hope to hear from you!

    Beth Still

  2. Scott: It’s great to hear how many creative ways ISTE is going to try and make this the best NECC ever! I’m really looking forward to it and certainly hope to meet and visit with you, either on the River, the Edublogger cafe, or elsewhere!

  3. Thanks for the comment, Wes. It is our hope that we can funnel this type of activity into TCEA in the very near future. We can use NECC’s work to show the success of it all. Look forward to visiting more with you.

  4. Scott, hope our paths cross at the EdubloggerCon. I enjoy reading your Tweets and am glad to have discovered your blog (via Kevin’s Wordle post in the NWP ning).

    Gail Desler (follow NWP Tech Liaison – A3WP)

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