Monday, June 25, 2007

NECC: The first full day...

Today was a good but tiring day. I started the day with one of my favorites, Leslie Fisher. In her session on Gadgets, I think my favorite things were SnugMug (photo sharing online), the Logitech Harmony remote controls (programmable from the web), and her newest computer bag from Lowepro. Leslie shares a wealth of info on her website and gives anyone access to her resources. I spoke with her prior to her speaking and she shared that she has the NCaect conference on her calendar again for next year (YEAH!) and that she actually booked a conference in Australia. She is now International.

After that, our group tried to go to the playgrounds. Holly went to the Media Playground and got great info on some products available. The rest of us tried to get into the Second Life playground. It was a mess- I got pushed out of the way by a heavy set man. I had to control my "conference rage" (similar to road rage but stationary). So David did our own tutorial. However, none of us could get our accounts finalized so I am still without identity! As I type I am also trying to download the update for Second Life.

I went next to a session by professors at Kennesaw State University. They spoke on little-known Technology Facilitator/Technology Leadership Standards. Who knew they were out there? Evidently, NCATE developed them in 2002. There is a link to the standards ( or Their handouts will be available online.

What had the potential to be a great session unfortunately troubled by the fact that the next session (a BYOL session) had little to no connection to the web. However, the Cool Tools session by Jennifer Arns had some great resources. My new favorite is Trailfire.

We spent the rest of the time in the exhibit hall. We saw some GREAT new things and got way to much stuff (including tee shirts). I think we are going to spend a whole week or two just wearing our new shirts. We may have to develop a schedule...:0) Our new favorite elementary program though was by Fablevision. Stationary Studio ( enables teachers to make paper, writing paper, letter formats, envelopes, etc. with themes. I wish I had it! Holly won a copy and I won a tshirt.

Check in tomorrow!

*All my notes can be found at

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Preparing for NECC

After taking a week off to vacation at the beach with my in-laws, I am trying to catch up on email and blog reading before I leave for Atlanta in the morning. I was so desperate to be connected (there was no internet at the condo) that I actually spent one morning in front of the Bogue Banks Library (connected to their wireless) in my pajamas in my car!

As I read three of my favorite blogs to follow (Weblogg-ed, 2 Cents Worth, and Cool Cat Teacher Blog), I am even more excited about the trip. Last year I went by myself but this year there are 6 of us from our school system. Several of the NCaect Board of Directors are also attending. That is the best part about NECC being on the east coast. Our system team attending should have some great conversations. I am also looking forward to the team-building aspect of it too!

Last year at NECC, I was just learning about Web 2.0. I am hoping this year to actually participate in EVERYTHING Web 2.0. My goal is also to learn about Second Life. I feel so stupid when I go to the site- I haven't braved the waters yet. Maybe someone can help me get started.