Archives For Conferences

Notes from various conferences

If you want to catch a lot of great content from this year’s NECC, make sure you subscribe to Conference Connections. This is the podcast channel that has taken all my attention away from my own podcasting for the past 6–9 months or so. I’m really stoked that we’re the official podcast channel for ISTE. We’ll be recording at least 25 sessions (including the keynotes) plus as much other content as we can assemble.

If you can’t make it to NECC, or even if you want to expand your NECC experience, you can subscribe to Conference Connections in iTunes by clicking here.

Spread the word. Tell your friends. Heck, you can even tell people you don’t like all that much.

NECC here I come

20 Jun 2007

7:16 a.m. Ugh. That’s a bit earlier than I like for air travel departures. But at least I have several days of interesting conversations and endless audio editing to look forward to.

NECC is back and in Atlanta this year. I’ll be doing two identical half-day workshops (Podcasting—The New Voice for Learners) with a fellow ADE and all-around cool guy Joe Morelock from Oregon. In addition, I’m leading a team of Apple Distinguished Educators who will be producing the official NECC podcast channel on behalf of ISTE.

I’m really looking forward to NECC this year. Every year there are more friends to meet and greet. I’m very impressed with how ISTE continues to embrace blogging, podcasting, and other forms of web publishing. ISTE is really way out in front on this stuff compared to any other conference I’ve attended in the last couple years. They’re even getting on board with a systematic approach to Technorati tagging courtesy of Steve Hargadon.

See you there.

Heading out for NSBA

12 Apr 2007

I’ll be in San Francisco this weekend for the National School Boards Assocation annual conference. I don’t think I’ll be doing any podcast recording, but I’ll be hanging out at the Apple booth talking with people about podcasting. I’m working the morning shift on Saturday and Sunday, and I’d love to talk to anyone who cares to stop by.

Here are links to all of the sites I’ll be mentioning in my talk at IL-TCE on Thursday and Friday.


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Update: I popped into Steve Dembo’s presentation to hear what Web 2.0 apps he’s using these days. Here is his top10freesites wiki.

Presenting at IL-TCE

27 Feb 2007

I’ve arrived in St. Charles, IL for this year’s IL-TCE conference. I’m presenting a day-long podcasting workshop tomorrow and a spotlight session about Web 2.0 on Thursday and Friday. I’ll also be doing some recording for the new Conference Connections podcast channel I’ve been working on. Come say hello if you’re at the conference.

I’m working on a new podcasting project that I’m excited about. “Conference Connections” is a new podcast channel hosted at the Apple Learning Interchange. I’m at FETC in Orlando right now getting ready to record sessions and other interviews from the conference. I’ll be at TCEA in Austin, TX in a couple weeks doing the same thing there.

The Conference Connections page at ALI has all the information about the channel including a chance to rate each episode and leave comments. Our goal is to capture some of the best content from ed tech conference throughout the year. I’m thinking of it as IT Conversations for the ed tech market.

Here’s the RSS URL for the podcast. Click here to see the podcast info and subscribe in iTunes. I hope you’ll give the podcast a listen and that you’ll find something really interesting.

Beijing High School to Join the Lake Conference? Well, not quite yet.
John Currie, Eagan-Apple Valley-Rosemount Schools

John Currie is superintendent in one of the largest school districts in Minnesota. He attended China recently on an official visit with a number of other education leaders. This talk is about his reflections on the experience.

Eight traits for world class schools from the Superintendents Forum:

  • There are many academic roads, but all are rigorous and all lead to higher education.
  • Educational investment starts early.
  • Learning takes as much time as it takes.
  • Great educators have great support.
  • Data and research affects teaching and learning every day.
  • Funding is predictable and sufficient to produce world class schools.
  • Services for students with special needs emphasize outcomes not processes.
  • Global citizenship is a core academic subject.

Tons of really cool photos and many points related to the traits mentioned above. (Way too many to type on the fly.) It’s clear from Superintendent Currie’s talk that there are many outstanding schools in China, but he points out, too, that there are many millions of kids in China that don’t attend school at all. We can admire the Chinese for their dedication to educating students to be globally competitive, but we have to remember that they have a long way to go to reach the universal access to public education that we’ve achieved here in the U.S.

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Personal Computing In the Classroom and Beyond!
Jim Hirsch, Plano, TX

Jim is talking about how to reach every student in the classroom no matter how limited the technology resources might be. He says “the future is here already, it’s just not widely distributed yet.” I think that’s a Tim O’Reilly quote if I recall correctly.

Heroes still exist for our students and affect their outlook on solving problems. What are the heroes of students today? Jim’s point is that today’s heroes are often ensemble casts. That extends to teacher heroes. Collaboration—not just sharing—is the way in which our student expect to find information, solve problem and create new understandings.

The new generation of kids thinks about “personal computing” in a very different way. Maybe cell phones will be the 1-to-1 computing device of the future? Personal computing needs to extend beyond school to the mall, coffee shop, home, etc.

How do we engage students within the classroom? Jim is going to talk about things they’ve tried in Plano.

  • Some kind of large-screen display to engage kids in large group discussions. They use TVs in elementary school, but have LCD projectors in every secondary classroom.
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse that can be passed around to enable students to contribute to an activity that’s being projected.
  • Annotation software (they use Master Pointer) to make it possible to annotate on top of anything being displayed on the screen.
  • A personalized portal for each student and staff member with links to classroom resources and other communication tools. (I think Moodle can do much of what’s shown in the portal that they’re using.)
  • Tiny mobile computing devices including the myPad from M&A Technology. Also the Nintendo DS and software in the style of Brain Age.
  • Cell phones and wireless test administration. This is pretty wild. Check out
  • The Sony mylo is a handheld wi-fi device. It supports Skype and has Opera’s web browser too.
  • Jim showed us how you can use Google Docs and Spreadsheets on the Sony PSP and other Internet-enabled devices.

What a great set of tools Jim showed. Most teachers have no idea that things even exist. Personal computing is going to be getting much more personal very soon.

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