Normally, reflections are written entirely after the fact. They are a way of evaluating what has happened so that what is to come might be modified accordingly. I know that NECC isn’t quite over, but I feel like reflecting right now. After being here for only two and a half days, I can say I have been quite overwhelmed. From the huge, noisy and very flashy exhibit hall, with hundreds of exhibitors, to the catalog of sessions scheduled on top of each other (I think that I have usually had three sessions for every hour that I really really wanted to go to), to the really cool experience of walking through the poster sessions, and including the blogger’s cafe and SL lounge, I am so amazed at the sensory overload! On top of that is the evening events, receptions, and just plain socializing.
The truth is, I haven’t managed to attend many sessions. Frankly, I’ve decided that once I get home, I’m going to watch the Ustreams of all the sessions I wanted to see. I’ve spent my time presenting, doing meet and greets, volunteering at the poster sessions, and networking. Making connections has been an incredible experience. I’ve had the opportunity to meet my twitter pals, my SL pals, and then the usual new faces that a person happens to meet at conferences such as this.
I guess what I’m saying here is . . . even though I will not be walking away with any earth-shattering new techniques for the classroom, I have made some really good connections that will help me find resources in the future. I’m also asking for guest bloggers. If you attended NECC and would like to blog about your experience, let me know and I will get you set up.