Next week is my state’s biggest ed tech conference, North Carolina Educational Technology Conference. They’ve set me up with a room, and I’ll be presenting there just about the entire conference, except for the four pre-conference workshops I’ll be doing. They’ll be in another room 😉 Fortunately, that will end my traveling for 2006. Snoooooze!
Before mentioning some of my new presentations, here is a Web 2.0 counting for NCETC:
Following are the number of times that these new web terms are mentioned in the general conference program (concurrent sessions).
Blog — 17
Podcast — 43
Wiki — 17
RSS — 5
Social Bookmarks — 1
I will be doing a preconference (3-hr) workshop on wikis. This is a first. I have done Web 2.0 workshops that include wikis, but this one will help participants to understand more deeply what wikis are about, how to care and feed them, how to operate them, and their applications for teaching, learning, and classroom management.
I’m also putting together a new presentation on video games. The material available for this topic is much deeper than I originally believed, and I am getting to know, through my research, some of the main champions. I’ve been especially impressed with the insights of Henry Jenkins, at MIT. The challenge here, will be to take all of this material and sequence it in a meaningful way.
Finally, the folks at NCETC are allowing me to try some experimenting with more open-ended sessions. One will be an EduBloggerCon, which will last for an hour and a half. This will basically be an open discussion about issues of blogging and other new-web collaborative tools. So if you are already blogging or podcasting, or interested in blogging or podcasting, and will be attending the NCETC, please come on over to Auditorium III from 12:00 to 1:30 on Wednesday.
We’ll also be doing something called a Web 2.0 Conversation. This will be a show and tell of Web 2.0 tools. I’ll show a few of my favorite Web 2.0 tools, but anyone in the audience who has something to share can come up, demo, and take a bow.
This is a week that I always look forward to, seeing old friends, making new ones, and working a conference I didn’t have to fly to 😉 — and working off some of that turkey…
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