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Day 2…Fin.

Overheard on Twitter: “jonbecker: At NECC NETS-A refresh session, one guy said he had ‘multiple colliding epiphanies.’ I hope he’s OK.”

Learned at Unconference session with Chris Lehmann from the Science Leadership Academy about Understanding by Design: Too often we don’t know why we do what we do.  Teachers need to teach understandings…this is a powerful thing.  Give the students an intro to UBD and then have them reverse engineer the lesson.  The kids get to the work, rather than trying to figure out what the teacher meant.

Giggled at Storytelling with Wesley Fryer, Vicki Allen and Karen Montgomery: “How many of you do unprofessional development?”  Also learned how to teach Web 2.0 with Coffee 2.0.

Finally, at Google for Educators: “We need to stop collaborating like it’s 1999.”  Presentation is here.  Couple of marvelous ways of using Google Docs.  When asking students to do group work, you can check the revisions tab to see who has contributed and how much they did.  One school is using Google Docs Spreadsheets to keep track of discipline.  Each student has a row.  As they travel to their classes through the day, each teacher adds a note.  At the end of the day, the principal celebrates those students that have positive notes in the docs.  Instant feedback for administration, teachers and students.  Also, you can use the fill out a form feature to collect info from parents.  Cool.

San Antonio has treated me pretty well so far!  Dinner at Zuni Grill tonight – crab and sea bass.  Yum.  Once back at the hotel, Jeremy wowed me with his Excel and PowerPoint prowess.

Night.

PS – “kdumont: New blog post: Apple’s Big News from NECC http://theeducationalmac.com/blog/?p=260″

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Spotty Wifi…Unspotty Learning

It always amazes me how many people are NOT in sessions at NECC…and then you get to a session and you are closed out!  No close outs for me yet, but it’s only Monday.

This morning I was at the NETS-T Standards “release party.”  It was fun to be there for the beginning.  I did leave that session early though to head to a research paper discussion: Developing Teachers’ Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge  (TPCK) with Spreadsheets.  Yes, that is the actual title.  No, I didn’t enjoy myself.

I walked the vendor floor for my swag, as Bill Arcuri calls it.  A nice Amazon.com gift card and a stainless steel thermos were the best finds.  Getting a million NECC postcards finally paid off!  (Sorry we had to kill all those trees to get them though.)

Wendy Smith, and the other Klem South teachers involved with the HP Grant, showed their wares at the poster session this morning.  It is amazing how many people had great things to share at the poster sessions – and the three days of NECC are the only time they are all in one place at one time.  Overwhelmingly marvelous.

What am I looking forward to next???  The unconference session with Chris Lehmann at 12:30.

Later.

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Keynote 1 @ NECC

Favorite quotes:

“After 15 minutes in a meeting, you look around and realize you are dumber now.”
“Suggestion boxes are better than nothing.”
“Technology allows us to aggregate judgments very fast.”
“Diversity makes us significantly smarter.”
“Having the same person be the devil’s advocate makes things worse, not better.”

Too many people (!) in Bloggers’ Cafe…..have to move to a different satellite office.

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Behind the Scenes at NECC 2008

I am sitting on my couch, in dreary Rochester, NY, watching the fun going on at NECC 2008.  I am watching Will Richardson, Chris Lehmann, Jeff Utecht, Dean Shareski, Sylvia Martinez, Bud Hunt, Ewan McIntosh, Brian Smith, and Carl Fisch, among others, jail breaking Will Richardson’s phone.

Now, this is not the important part.  Sure, it’s cool.  These are some amazing people, who help me do my job better.  But the important thing is that they sit around and play with things.  They don’t wait for the administrator to come in and tell them what to do.  They don’t wait for the list of Time Magazine’s Top 100 websites.  They play, they try things out and they talk to each other about what works and doesn’t work.  Will had no idea why he should jail break his phone, nor did he know how.  But he had the resources he needed and he went after them.

I am getting on a plane tomorrow for NECC 2008.  I am traveling with a K-5 Technology Teacher that is not excited about NECC.  He lives in a place that is not experimental friendly.  He has tech tools, and he uses them.  He creates user guides for the teachers in his building to use the tools they have.  Of course he is successful, he is a friend of mine.  🙂  But he’s not excited about NECC.  He’s worried that he’s not into all the stuff that I like.  He’s worried he will be over his head.

If only he could see the stream I am watching now.  He would feel much better.

Oh – and props to Chris Lehmann.  He wouldn’t get his laptop out.  He said, “We talk to each other every day and we aren’t in the same room.  Now we’re in the same room and we’re still using the computer to talk to each other.”

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