Here's another report from our intern and guest blogger Tim Ebner: Techies hit the town last night, spilling out of the NECC conference at the Washington Convention Center and into the many bars and clubs that hosted off-site networking parties throughout the city. These social happy hours provided a less formal environment, where educators could enjoy a drink, or two, and connect with fellow attendees. Most of the events happened in and around Chinatown. There was an ISTE sponsored tweet-up at a basement watering hole called Rocket Bar, a Schoolnet reception at Madame Tussauds museum of wax, and a Gaggle.net...
International Society for Technology in Education CEO Don Knezek spoke to reporters about the struggle to convince Congress to maintain federal funding for educational technology.
In an age when information can be easily manipulated through applications such as Wikipedia and Photoshop, who should be teaching our students about media literacy and what should they be learning about it?
The session on classroom learning stations today at NECC, led by Camilla Gagliolo, an instructional technology coordinator for the Arlington, Va., public schools, showed teachers how they could set up a number of learning stations with PDAs, computers, iPods, Nintendos, and smartboards. In the interactive session, several groups of teachers and administrators spent a few minutes using the gadgets to complete language arts activities, then moved to another table to try a different device. Although the stations incorporated different technologies, they all revolved around the same classroom lesson plan so that students could explore lots of different approaches for tackling ...
A few dozen educators, armed with hand-held devices, trekked around the National Mall to see how Web 2.0 tools can be used outside the classroom to engage students. But the educators' tech tools didn't work as well as some hoped they would.
I just got out of a packed session about library tools and resources where five librarians shared their best, mostly free, online resources. And luckily for everyone who can't attend NECC, they've put that information up on a wiki for everyone to see and contribute to.
During a panel discussion about open-source software this morning, tech administrators and open-source experts seemed optimistic about where open-source is going in education while agreeing that there is much more potential to be tapped.
So what did Malcolm Gladwell talk about during his keynote speech at NECC? Fleetwood Mac. No, really. Looking closely at the evolution and success of the late 60s rock band can teach us three important points about creating meaningful learning environments, he said.
Diane Brook from the Catholic Education Office in Sydney, Australia, outlines how schools should transform their classrooms into 21st-century learning spaces.
The agenda for NECC is chock full of sessions about how to use mobile computing to improve learning, especially through the use of cellphones. But not everyone in the education world is jumping on the mobile computing bandwagon.