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While the Laptop Institute is winding down, and the Building Learning Communities conference is winding itself up, I’m sitting in the middle of nowhere. It’s a Hampton Inn in Salisbury, Maryland, in the middle of the Delmar Penninsula. It’s 4:11 and I just got through to tech support, so Internet started running much better, though I’m beginning to worry again as I try to load Google Maps. Now I’m trying Google Earth to see if it comes up better.
Anyway, I just wanted to write to say that I do not feel entirely left out. In a few hours I’ll leave my hotel to drive about an hour to Lewes, Maryland, where I’ll take a magnificent ferry boat ride to Cape May, New Jersey (pictures to come). From Cape May, I’ll drive another 15 minutes to Wildwood for NJELITE’s annual Wildwood conference for school administrators. I’ve worked this conference several times in the past, though not in a couple of years. It was originally funded by Bill & Melinda Gates, when they were funding administrative staff development, but this conference now runs on its own momentum.
The conference use to be run like a workshop, where groups of administrators would work together with technology trainers from across New Jersey and neighboring Pennsylvania. But this year administrators will cycle through sessions such as…
- Unique & Compelling Internet Applications for the 21st Century Learner — from CIESE (Mercedes McKay, Associate Director)
- Podcasting — from Apple (David Marra)
- Thinkfinity — from Verizon
- Teaching through Second Life — Beth Lynne Ritter-Guth, Lehigh Carbon Community College
- Video Games as Learning Engines — I’ll be doing that one
- “Net Generation” Speaks Out — a panel presentation from local students
I’ll also be closing the conference with a keynote about 21st century literacy. The theme of the conference is “Digital Age Literacy.”
The high point, however, in my opinion, will be the opening keynote by Daniel Pink, author of Free Agent Nation and A Whole New Mind. I will likely be blogging his keynote, A Different World, A Different Worker, plus, he’ll be doing a follow-up discussion about Transitioning from the Information to The Conceptual Age.