Saturday, June 27, 2009

Following Conferences Virtually Is Like Drinking From a Firehose

So this year I am unable to attend NECC or any other conferences out of state due to budget reductions occurring in our district. I was even accepted to speak again this year, but had to decline. Anyway enough of my back story.

So this year I am attempting to follow what is going on at NECC through Twitter and blogs that I currently read. And much like other in-person events I have attempted to follow virtually (WWDC & Google I/O), the amount of information coming out of these events is overwhelming.

But with that being said, I did have some free time to follow what is going on, and since the conference hasn't fully kicked off, it was possible to find some really interesting and thought provoking tweets from today that I think should really be seen by a greater audience. Here are some of those:

There shouldn't be an Acceptable Use Policy, you should have a RESPONSIBLE Use Policy. -someone at my session. @imcguy

Don't call it Social Networking, it's Educational Networking - Doug Johnson.

@ittosde @imcguy I want districts to have an Empowered Use Policy. =) You, as a student/employee, have the right to be empowered to... @mcleod

Re: web filtering... "we know some kids will drink on prom night- we don't fix it by closing down prom" ~ @mcleod

We spend so much time teaching appropriate use. We need to teach EMPOWERED use as well. @bethstill

How about if we teach CTS computer programming by having kids learn to program iTouch apps. Bet that would engage students!! @kaminskiterry

As I try and keep up on this knowledge deluge the next few days, I will try and post some of the more interesting things here Tweet about them


nancyvonw said...

I laughed when I read your post title- exactly how I was feeling yesterday. I was also on the live feed during Vicki Davis's Smackdown at EBC09 and I had so many windows open at once I was completely confused. I will follow your lead and post the links from that session on my blog and follow your posts over the next few days. I'm in Madrid so it's afternoon viewing for me- siesta time. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!

Janelle said...

As a fellow notatNECC-er, I totally relate to your analogy. Thanks for the great collection of quotes you shared. I hadn't seen all of those.