RSS Poster Session

With nothing but his laptop and a monitor, Stephen Rahn gathered a crowd with his poster session demonstrating RSS using bloglines.com as a feed reader. A year ago teachers thought RSS was far out there. That may be changing.

Handhelds were big in the poster sessions, too. I saw at least three, one of which looked very like the EETT grant I managed. This project also provided a 1:1 ratio of students to Tungsten E handhels w/keyboards. It looked like they dealt with a lot of the same issues, too.

I must admit I’m reinvigorated about handhelds now that I’m back on the Palm platform (with my treo) – and online this time to boot. All this photobloggging has been moblogging this morning.

NECC Live Webcast

I was lucky enough to catch a front row seat for the NECC Live webcast on Web 2.0 technologies in education. Chris Walsh from West Ed interviewed Tom March, Will Richardson, and Tim Wilson (all pictured). Highlights for me were when Will defended the name “read/write web” (instead of Web 2.0 – but I think two-way web is just as good) and when Tim touted the benefits of RSS for educators. In fact, I’m headed to an RSS for teachers poster session next.

If you watch the webcast, look closely… you can see me in the audience, especially when another lady asks a question. I also got to stumble my way through asking the panel what organizational changes they think will need to come about in schools and districts in order for these technologies to take hold. Their answers centered on giving teachers permission to use these tools, and freedom from other expectations. Tom suggested that teachers should be subversive and use them anyway. I liked the sounds of that. ;)

Mike Lawrence in the CUE Room

I missed the Extreme School Makeover performance but I caught Mike Lawrence at the CUE table. Here he’s pointing out fellow presenter and fellow Wagner (no relation), Jennifer Wagner. We had met via blog and email, but this was our first face-2-face meeting.

Mike was busy with questions so I headed out. I’m sure I’ll see them all tomorrow evening.

Steve Glyer at the ETAN Booth

I ran into Newport-Mesa’s director of educational technology, Steve Glyer, working at the Educational Technology Action Network (ETAN) booth. They are sharing a new system that allows you to input your zip code and then receive not only names and addresses of your senators and congressmen, but also drafts of letters to them advocating for educational technology.

I’ll post a link as soon as I can… Unfortunately I’ve already walked away from the booth and am watching a live webcast with Chris Walsh… More on that later.

Update 07/10/06:

Here is the link to the Educational Technology Action Network: www.etan.org/

I believe they were using the zip code search feature on congress.org to locate representatives’ contact information.

Is there anything I’m missing?

NECC Volunteer Booth

I found the volunteer booth and got my instructions for working in the Presenter’s World at noon.

Personally, I’m hoping to get tech support duty. :)

I also got my volunteer t-shirt and a ticket to the gala tomorrow night. I hope to see some of you there.

Digital Storytelling is Full

I noted the popularity of this topic this year, and sure enough the room is packed for Peter Scott’s Digital Storytelling: Be the next Ken Burns. A quote: “just because it can be animated doesn’t mean it should.” :)

As I look forward to my session on Friday, I note that Peter is presenting in a suit.

Next door, the old standby Ten Timely Technology Topic Tips is standing room only, too. Allan and Chris are presenting in polo shirts. Maybe I can go no tie in my first post-OCDE preso. :)

NECC Session One

Eva and I got up at five this morning, realized we had a lot of cleaning up to do after yesterday’s 4th of July Iron Chef: Irvine competition (Eva won… again), and then hit the road for San Diego about an hour later. We just made it in time to register and hustle to the first session. I followed Eva and Debbie to How to Engage a Reluctant Reader by Leveraging Technology… to ground myself in teaching stuff before getting too far into the stratosphere. I will probably pop on over to the CUE performance and the session on open source science tools this session – in order to get to know the building, too.

I also need to go back to registration and figure out how to do my volunteer shift at noon today. Oh, and I realized that I spent so much time preparing the new features of this site before the conference that I forgot to prepare my presentation for Friday! (And I didn’t even finish the new features.) It’s a familiar presentation, but something I want to update to reflect my most recent research efforts. This is going to be a busy conference. I’ll try to post some pics (and audio) as we go.

It’s exciting to see what everyone has posted so far. I love these conferences that are “extended” on line.

I’m off…

More NECC Program Searches… and My Schedule

Web 2 @ NECC (Via 2 Cents Worth.) I’ve been linking to Warlick a lot, but he did get the conversation started right. I was thrilled to see he included video games in his searches of the NECC program. Quite a few more sessions show up if you change your search terms a bit. While “video games” only brings up 4 sessions (including mine), searching for just “game” or switching to “simulations” generates better results:

Video Game 4
Game 17
Simulation 17

There are a few other searches I thought were important…

In 2003-2004 I managed an EETT grant that brought handheld computers (Palm Tungsten E’s) to middles school students. Enthusiasm for handhelds seemed to die down then for a while, but the blogosphere has been a buzz with talk of handhelds in education again lately (and I’ve followed a few blogs about handhelds for a while), so I also searched for these terms:

Handheld 32
Palm 13
iPod 13
PDA 9

Finally, I rounded out my own schedule with this important search:

Open Source 21

Below is the schedule I generated for myself using the online planner. I started with the games and simulations sessions and then any CUE related sessions. Next I added sessions by presenters I wanted to see, followed by sessions on open source software, and finally a few to fill in some of the blanks. There are quite a few conflicts, but I’ll like having the flexibility – and somewhere to go if something doesn’t work out.

Is there anything I’m missing? Anything you think I should see? Leave a comment. :)

Conference Planner for Mark Wagner

Schedule E-mailed July 2, 2006, 10:37 pm

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Wednesday, July 5
7:15-8:15am
Welcome to NECC Orientation
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8:30-9:30am
Extreme School Makeover: Brought to You by CUE
NOTES: Time Conflict
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8:30-9:30am
Innovative Models and Student Activities for Molecular Literacy in Science
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00-11:00am
Use Your Noodle, Learn Moodle: An Open Source Learning Management System
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00am-12:00pm
RSS: What Does It Mean for the Classroom Teacher?
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00-11:00am
Data-driven Decisions for All: Open Source, Free, and Easy
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00am-12:00pm
simSchool: Future Teachers Play to Learn
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00-11:00am
Podcasting and Podcatching for the Absolute Beginner
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00-11:00am
A Further Investigation on the Motives of Online Games Addiction
NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm
Learning with Blogs: Bringing the Read/Write Web Into the Classroom
NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm
Just Blogging Along: Integrating Blogs into the Curriculum
NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm
Telling the New Story: Promoting Visions for 21st Century Classrooms
NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm
simSchool: A Game for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers
NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm
Prima Lingua and Your Foreign Language Curriculum: Customized Online Games
NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm
A Video Game Curriculum for Computer Science
NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm
Open Source Portal: Uniting E-learning, Digital Portfolios, and Student Progress
NOTES: Time Conflict
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5:00-6:00pm
Ed Tech Coast to Coast
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Thursday, July 6
8:30-9:45am
One Laptop Per Child
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10:00am-12:00pm
Teaching with Tablets: Planning, Process, and Practice
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00am-12:00pm
Online Projects For You
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:30am-12:00pm
CUE Affiliate Leadership Development Seminar
NOTES: Time Conflict
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11:00am-12:00pm
Open Source Technology: Why Teachers Should Care
NOTES: Time Conflict
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12:30-1:30pm
Great Web Sites with Open Source Content Management Systems
NOTES: Time Conflict
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12:30-1:30pm
Choose Your Own Wiki Adventure: Using Wikis with K-12 Students
NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm
K12LTSP: Low-cost, Stable, and Reliable Computer Labs
NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:00-3:00pm
Overview of Educational Roles of Computer Games
NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm
A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything
NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm
Playing the Part: Using Handhelds in Participatory Simulations
NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm
Zero to 60 in Three Years: A New Online Community
NOTES: Time Conflict
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3:30-4:30pm
Use Your Noodle, Learn Moodle: An Open Source Learning Management System
NOTES: Time Conflict
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4:45-5:45pm
K12 Free and Open Source Software
NOTES: Time Conflict
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4:45-5:45pm
A Meeting of Moodlers
NOTES: Time Conflict
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4:45-5:45pm
Games and Simulations
NOTES: Time Conflict
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5:00-6:00pm
Savvy Technologist Podcast
NOTES: Time Conflict
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5:00-6:00pm
CUE Reception Gala
NOTES: Time Conflict
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Friday, July 7
8:30-9:30am
“Got Game?”: Developing IT fluency through Gaming
NOTES: Time Conflict
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8:30-9:30am
Developing Vision: The Integration of NASA’s Virtual Lab into Your Curriculum
NOTES: Time Conflict
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10:00-11:00am
Context, Inquiry, and Collaboration: Video Games as Constructivist Learning Environments
NOTES: Time Conflict, Speaker
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10:00-11:00am
Creating Communities with Open Source Tools
NOTES: Time Conflict
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11:30am-12:30pm
Staggeringly Good Things Mixing Google Earth and Media
NOTES: Time Conflict
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11:30am-12:30pm
SchoolTool: a Free, Open Source SIS and Calendaring System
NOTES: Time Conflict
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2:30-3:30pm
Open Technologies: What They Mean for You and Your Students
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4:00-5:15pm
Closing Session & NECC 2007 Preview

Unscheduled Items
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RSS Feeds for NECC Tags

2 Cents Worth » NECC Prep I’m linking to Warlick’s post about NECC tags for a second time… because I had an idea. For those of you who are getting into RSS, but aren’t yet clear on this tagging thing (and for those of you who, like me, didn’t go over to technorati to subscribe to the tags), I thought I’d offer the links to the NECC tags right here, so you can subscribe without the trip to technorati. There is some redundancy in these feeds, but I’ve discovered a few more bloggers writing about the conference.

Subscribe to NECC.

Subscribe to NECC06.

Subscribe to NECC06PREP.

And if you don’t yet know what I’m talking about, make it a goal to learn about tags during NECC, whether you’re going or not. Any means to find or organize information is valuable in today’s info-impacted environment. Doubly so in education, which is a time-impacted field to begin with. If you’re interested, you can start by reading this. (You’ll also need an RSS reader, like NetNewsWire for Mac, FeedReader for Windows, or the web based bloglines if you want to subscribe to the tag feeds. Arg! I can’t get away from the jargon… that’s what workshops are for I guess. At least this will get you pointed in the right direction.)

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