Tis The Season

Wow January is flying by and that means that February, and its many conferences, is just around the corner.

For those keeping score at home, here’s the skinny on the my February Conference schedule:

February 2-4, 2009 I’ll be at the eTech Ohio conference .  Can you believe that I’ll have to travel on Superbowl Sunday? Go….fill your favorite team here (as long as it rhymes with peelers).

Here’s a list of all of the fun stuff we’re doing at eTech Ohio.  If you’ll be there, please join us!

When –  Monday, February 2, 2009
WhereBar Louie Columbus (Arena District)  from 6:30 – 9:00 PM
The address is 504 N Park Street • Columbus, OH 43215 614.220.0900 and you can click here for directions to the restaurant.

You are welcome to bring friends.  So that we can plan accordingly, please let me know if you’ll be coming and if you’re bringing anyone with you.

I’ll also be presenting two sessions at eTech this year and it would be great if you and/or your colleagues could help spread the word and/or attend.  They are as follows:

Feb 2, 2009     11:45 AM-12:30 PM     Room E160 A-B
Here, There, And Everywhere–From Your Chair: Technology For Administrators

Feb 3, 2009     12:45 PM-1:30 PM     Room E172
50 Ways To Use Discovery Education streaming

Finally, please don’t forget to come by and say hi to Damien. Alex and I at booth number 931!

February 8-11, 2009 – I’m  be hanging with my PA Peeps at PETE & C.  Throughout the conference, we’ll have lots of activity including a super cool pre-conference event with an all-star cast including; Jason Ohler, Steve Dembo, Hall Davidson, Jannita Demian, oh yeah and that Lance Rougeux guy.

In addition to the pre-conference I’ll be delivering these two sessions:

Session Number: EL08
Session Time: Tuesday 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Program Title: Bend, Break & Bust it Loose:10 Ways to Engage Your Kids
Room: Magnolia C

Session Number: GL08
Session Time: Tuesday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Program Title: Here, There & Everywhere: Tech for Administrators
Room: Magnolia C
If you’re coming to Hershey please come by and say hi – I’d love your support :)

February 22-24, 2009  is going to be awesome because I’m going to be with my VA Peeps.   We’ve been working on a super special Digital Storytelling Day of Discovery and it is going to rock.  We still have space for you so,  if you’re going to VSTE and/or will be in VA Beach on February 22, 2009 please join us – we’d love to have you!

Whew and that is just February :)

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Tech Conference – LOVE IT!

Ok guys this is THE way to start the year off!   For the second year in the row I’ve had the opportunity to attend and be a part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Tech Conference and, I have to say, it was awesome…dare I say one of the best!

Will Richardson kicked things off and challenged participants to embrace 21 century literacy skills on Friday, January 16, 2009.   The following day Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, continued Will’s discussion and participants then broke into several break out sessions – including sessions by DEN Stars Jen Dorman and Joe Konecki!

One of the best moments for me came tonight.  As I walked out of my room towards the ballroom for dinner I overheard conversations from two administrators who expressed the following, “Did you get on the Wiki tonight” followed by “Yes, and I jumped on Skype to tell my friends about it!”  There was such an awesome buzz and genuine excitement throughout the day – I couldn’t wait to get back to my computer and share it with you all.

The Tech Conference wraps up tomorrow with a closing keynote by our very own Jen Dorman but not before the Archdiocese of Philadelphia really celebrates technology tonight:
I told you they were awesome!

A Global Film Challenge For All

Ok I have to brag about my friend Janet English and her super cool project, Film on The Fly. KOCE Film on the Fly   Janet has launched a fantastically creative project that anyone with a cell phone and built in video camera – and they all pretty much have them – can participate.   Janet’s organization, KOCE, has launched a global filmmaking challenge that is open to all ages.  And it breaks down a little something like this.  Janet is texting a secret story prompt to cell phones all over the world on 2/7/2009.   Then, over the next 20 hours,  people from all over the world will make and post their mobile phone videos on YouTube.    Janet has posted more information (including great How-To’s) on her website www.koce.org/filmonthefly – check it out!

Will you be part of this global experience?