The Connecticut DEN Leadership Council held a kickoff/networking dinner right after the conclusion of the CECA/CASL 2009 Conference in Hartford this past Monday. As the pictures below show, it was a great evening to share perspectives about the conference, put names to faces, and to learn more about our DEN colleagues. The DEN Leadership Council was delighted that so many DEN Stars and the Discovery staff attending the conference were able to join in the evening’s fun.
One of the things that struck me as we all debriefed about the conference sessions and what we liked, and did not like, and what we wanted more of and less of next year, was that in a Web 2.0 world, these conversations do not have to stop as we waved goodbye. While we were concluding a one a year, one day event, our sharing and learning could go on. And for the colleagues who could not join us for the conference, sharing here might give them a look at the autumnal nuggets of knowledge we were able to gather.
So, my challenge to all the folks out there (DEN or not) who come across this posting – What were your three “take aways” from this conference? What three things will stick with you, rattle around in your head for a while and somehow leak out into your practice? I’ll go first and put mine in the main post, you can add yours as comments on this blog post. And Jane Cook, because I know you will have more than three you wil have to share your longer list on the Wiki page our colleague Pam Skelly made for the EASTCONN Tech Council – http://eastconntechcouncil.wikispaces.com/CECA09!
Here are mine:
Jamie McKenzie – The nature of the information question is key to spurring students to go beyond copy, paste and smoosh projects.
Kathy Schrock – The difference between managing your email via IMAP versus POP can smooth out your information work flow (and that I need to tweet the final score of UCONN football games!)
Maria Lizano-DiMare – The programming language Alice is 3D and spatial in nature. It seems a bit more complex than Scratch because of the spatial orientation to the programming. It might be a good follow on to Scratch. The presenter did mention Alice Story Telling which is an easier version, but did not show it. Alice Story Telling is PC only.
So there you go! What three things will you take away?
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