I've been busy doing the tourist thing, and now it's time to get down to work! Every year, I try to pick one or two themes to focus on when using NECC's online conference planner. One year it was blogs, another year it was ipods and podcasting, and this year I'm planning on investigating three themes. I'm interested in laptop programs, computer science curriculum, and anything related to global awareness. The first two themes relate to my work at the Lab Schools as we are pondering the possibilities of 1 to 1 and my department is currently realigning our cs curriculum. Global awareness is pertinent to my work with Apple's Distinguished Educator program as we are traveling to Europe in two weeks to write a global awareness curriculum. My summer is not exciting enough!
I also thought that this year I would simply enjoy the confernece and not subject myself to presenting, but I was lured into participating in a panel organized by my fellow ADE, Larry Anderson. For more on this spotlight presentation entitled Podcasting for the Absolute Beginner, check out the wiki created by David Warlick for this spotlight session. Feel free to contribute to this living document!
So my game plan for Wednesday is just to get through this presentation. We are scheduled to present in a room that holds 1100 people, and my fellow panelists are quite respected and experienced with podcasting. I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated, but I think it will be a really great experience.
Other sessions I am interested in are the One Year of Questgardening, the one by the AFI Screen Education Center, the keynote by Dewitt Jones, a couple of afternoon sessions on laptops, and a session on videogaming in the computer science curriculum. It looks like I will have to make some tough decisions tomorrow on what I actually take in!
Happy conference everyone... have a great time!