I’m a little late (2 days actually since she got it to me via email). I called Cheryl on the phone and asked her to put together her reflections of the NECC experience to share with everyone. In her words:
Atlanta NECC was
fantastic! I really enjoyed all aspects of the conference! The best was the
exhibit hall. The vendors took time to talk and show and demonstrate their
products. Everything from hardware to software and everything in between was
displayed. I am not sure why I took any shirts with me as I came home with at
least a dozen new t-shirts from various vendors and I didn’t get them all.
Another area of the
conference I really enjoyed was the playgrounds. I attended the AT for IT
playground, Open source Playground and 21st Century Media Center
Playground. The Playgrounds were informal, all-day exhibit-style presentations
featuring interactive hands-on demonstrations of technologies and resources
available for specific topics. I really enjoyed this area as it had vendor as
well as actual users (teachers/parents/students) to talk with. I also attended
a hald-day workshop by Smart Technologies on Smart Ideas – Smart’s answer to
Inspiration. Other sessions I attended were on Web 2.0, 21st century
skills, Special Education, and emerging technologies. NECC definitely created
excitement and energy for me to bring back to
and share what I can!
Don’t get me
wrong NECC was not just work-we had a lot of fun there also. Okay, now for the
entertainment side of NECC. Sunday was the Keynote and it was great with the
Atlanta Drum Corp entertaining us. Followed by Andrew Zolli to inspire us! Then
we were supposed to go to the aquarium for a tour and appetizers.
I made it to the Georgia Aquarium, just never made it inside. It had reached
its capacity and so they could only let people in as people came out. Gave up
on that and headed back to the hotel. Monday night was the DEN Birthday Dinner. Buffet
dinner, drinks and good friends old and new. It was great, who could ask for
more. Tuesday night I won a Hummer limo ride to the
sky top lounge for drinks and
food from Turning Point – then on to the Olympic
park for a block party and fireworks, sponsored by Net trekker, Atom learning,
and Promethean – it was awesome! Wednesday, I was unable to hear the closing
keynote so I could make it to the airport in time to fly out!
yeah I won $50 cash from Net trekker for wearing their t-shirt in the exhibit
hall and the prize patrol found me! I also won about $500 in software from
Learning Services in a drawing.
As for me, my summer of learning continues next week with the Florida Institute. (See Scott, I remember the ‘proper’ name for it this time ) I am looking forward to seeing many old friends and making new ones again thanks to DEN