NECC07 Final Thoughts…

29 06 2007

WOW! I am home and reflecting on my experience at NECC07. I learned so much, but yet felt like there were things I missed. Tim Tyson, principal of Mabry Middle School in Atlanta was inspiring. His keynote was a great way to wrap up the conference. If you missed his keynote address, take the time to go visit some of the powerful videos that his students have developed. I believe that they are posted on iTunes.

I learned about how educators are integrating technology tools such as iPods, blogging, video game development, Second Life, wikispaces, open source software, and animation software to engage students. They are using the ISTE standards, as well as the professional development standards to guide them. One thing that stuck out was that there are many reasons for professional development, but if we aren’t doing it to further student learning, then we really shouldn’t be doing it. That is what NECC07 was all about.

The best part of it all was the networking – meeting people, sharing ideas, and finding out what others are doing! It was powerful and engaging for me. I want to put into practice immediately some of the things I have learned. Hopefully others at work will share my enthusiasm. What are your thoughts on NECC07?

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14 08 2007

I really liked some of the pictures, some I haven’t seen before. Great composition, balance, weight, contrast, light and dark, always with a center of interest. Or, do you really need a center of interest?

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