Networking at NECC – part deux

Well I finally got home at 3:30 this morning and crawled into bed. Even though I was exhausted, I couldn’t fall asleep because I was still energized from all of the new information that I learned, the connections that I made, and the many creative tech-integration strategies that educators shared with me while I was at NECC.

But it wasn’t always about the technology or the latest and greatest gadget/gizmo. In fact the DEN is just as much about networking and having fun as it is about sharing information.

And trust me we did a whole lot of that – including going to a Dude ranch and shedding the world of web 2.0 for some good ol’ fashion down-home fun. Of course, as a Discovery employee I had to make a video. Check it out:

Whether it was Hall’s presentation on creative ways to use the Cell Phone, or a DEN Star’s use of Close Captioning to reach his ELL students I was constantly amazed, and bemused, at the richness of creativity that I was exposed to.

I plan on filtering this information over the long weekend and, as always, look forward to reading your comments, thoughts, ideas and suggestions as we experience this journey together.


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  1. Lee said:


    You call it a Dude Ranch, I call it a Doody Ranch. I dunno, maybe we stepped in different paths?

    Awesome video! Awesome day! I learned so much. Still processing it all.

    Thanks for a great week!!!


  2. Lori Abrahams said:

    And I can’t wait for more f2f, collaboration and learning at the DEN LC institute in only 10 days. I’m thinking real quality time is in store for us.

  3. Genevieve Kahlweiss said:

    Hey Matt

    You’re the best! What a fun video and more great memories. Thanks for always supporting us teachers in our work. I will see you at the institute for more learning and FUN!

  4. Suzanne Wesp said:

    Thanks, Matt. What a fun way to remember the day. Looking forward to National Institute in a couple of weeks. I’m sure we’ll be working more then – and no people roping!

  5. Tracy Standhart said:

    Wasn’t able to attend NECC this year and I knew I would miss it; the video reminded me just how much. 🙁 Thanks for sharing, Matt. I looked like so much fun.

    Can’t wait to hear stories in MD next week.

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