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It is great to be working and attending a conference where I’m trying to decide if I’ll get there by train or on my bicycle. Bicycle’s out, as it turns out, because I’ll be carrying more than I can get in a messenger bag. But at most it is a seven minute drive to downtown.
Somebody Else’s Preconference Room
There will be a lot of new stuff for me here this year. The first day is pretty standard with a three-hour workshop on self-directed professionalized personal learning, SDPPL, if I might. But it’s a critical part of being an educator in the 3rd Millinnium — being a master learner.
On day two, we’ll be looking at something brand new, but intensely interesting to me. I’ve often said that data visualization and Infographics are the coolest things happening on the Web today. It’s about making too much information make sense — about making numbers tell their story. This is my first time with this fully planned presentation and I hope it’s a hit. This is mostly an introduction but I’m learning that a handful of pioneers are already discovering the instructional benefits — and have for some time. I’d completely forgotten about ARC GIS…
During the afternoon, well have fun at the Tech Fair, booth 1. My blue ribbon exhibit will be blasts from the past, some old tech that I’ve used in some way, and the stories behind them. Fun fun fun — but will be meaningless to very few, because for most attendees, this is going to be ancient history. You know, that makes me feel good :-)
During the last day of the conference, we’ll just be talking. I’m facilitating an unconference session. We’re going to be teaching and learning, and learning and teaching — and many say that these are among the most valuable sessions of their edtech conferences. ..or they can go very badly. I’m not sure, yet, what the focus is going to be. The worst thing I can start with is, “So what do ya’ll want to talk about?” Right now, I’m leaning toward building the perfect elevator pitch for investing in 3rd Millennium Schools.
The unconference session is settled — two topics, two stories. I’d like us, number one, to establish, in collaboration, the perfect Elevator Pitch. My only constraints, beyond the structure of conversation, is what are the three bullet points of your short opportunities to sell your collegues, administration, school boards (or other goverance), and community on investing in learning environment more relevant to our entrance into the 3rd millennium.
For the second topic — think slackers!
Looking forward to this one.
It is a true pleasure to be working and attending the NCTIES conference.
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