The Blog I Meant to Write Yesterday

Yesterday was a great day at NECC.  No presentations.  Just listening, conversing, and learning.  Today I have two panel sessions and the spotlight (2:00PM Murphy 2/3).  But I think that Sunday was the quintessential day of NECC for me.  It started out at the ISTE Leadership Symposium, rubbing elbows with state technology leaders (State Educational Technology Directors Association — SETDA). 

Then I headed down to my pre-conference workshop on Advanced Blogging, which was kicked off by Chris Lehmann and Marcie Hull.  It was a challenging workshop as some of the participants were already advanced and many didn’t have a blog yet.  It was a bit frustrating, but it was NECC.  We’re all over the place here, experienced and noobs — and we can all learn from each other, because folks who are new to this have a perspective that continues to be invaluable to the rest of us.

After the workshop, I rushed over to the International reception and was able to say about three words to about 50 people.  To many people, to much to say and listen too, and too little time.  This is very exciting. 

Then over to an amazing keynote address, the notes of which I will post soon.  Andrew Zolli was high energy and all of the information and ideas he shared was relevant to education in general and TO US.  I would love to see it again, but in slow motion.  Zolli is young, and so, talks fast.  I’d also like to see the comedy as one presentation and the content as another.  This is no criticism, just some supplementals I’d like to have.

Finally, I had dinner with Chris Craft, from South Carolina, Vicki Davis, from Georgia, Jeff Wipple, from New Brunswick Canada, and Julie Lindsay from Australia, who teaches in Bangladesh, but fixing to take a new job in Qatar.  This is what NECC is about. 

Nations coming together to make nations of ideas.

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.