NECC Day One

 73 182108507 36E719D11A OI’m up at my obligatory 4:00 AM (7:00 AM EST) after what to me was a late night in San Diego. I walked the 12 blocks between my dumpy hotel and the conference center four times yesterday (I should have slept later), so today, I’ll get to know the shuttle system.
Yesterday’s International Attendees Reception was overwhelming, probably 500 people. This year’s NECC is being attended by educators from 37 countries. But that event was not as overwhelming as Steve Dembo’s pictures of last night’s fireworks, which were waiting for me in Hitchhikr’s NECC page. Just click “See Slide Show” to pull up flickr’s presentation of NECC 2006.

I had a wonderful dinner last night ordering a meatloaf that was nearly as big as most mountains in North Carolina. Not like mom’s, but it was great. The company was even better with friends from Technology & Learning Magazine and educator friends from suburban Chicago. Gary Stagger Stager (my apologies, Gary) even came by, but your schools filtering software wouldn’t let his contributions through, so I’ll not go there. That said, what an incredibly funny and creative guy. Who else could make a slap-your-knee funny story out of a billboard.

I recorded two quick interviews while at the International Attendees Reception with my friends John Lakatos, a 30+ year educator at an international school in Lima, Peru and Dorothy Burt, a teacher in Auckland, New Zealand. I plan to plant a link to the audio file here as part of one of my presentations today. So come on back when you get a chance.

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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.