The NECC Experience: Night 1

IMG_0016.JPGIf my first evening in Atlanta is any indication, this is going to be one humdinger of a conference.  I’d just landed in my room, and was trying to get organized and to figure out how to move photos from my new Canon SD1000 digital camera to my computer when David Jakes called — just back from his afternoon health walk. 

“Dinner?”  “You bet!” 

After some Bison Chili, we took another walk, finding the conference center and walking the floors, eying the site of tomorrow’s EduBloggerCon.  What an amazing city.  It’s big and it’s modern, and there’s style — at least by my judgment.

But I have to take a moments like these to reflect, to find an equilibrium.  I think of myself as a learner, as one who is learning to use this new information landscape to keep on learning and growing.  But it’s nothing compared to what I learn when I sit down with someone like David Jakes, who’s smart, who cares about what we are doing as educators, and who is fortunate to still be able to use what he’s learning and inventing with kids, and see the moving effects first hand.  I suspect that I learned more and was exposed to more new ideas this evening than in the past several weeks of web 2.0’ing.

Thanks, Dave!

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.