The Davey's: Best of NECC
Best Presentation: DeWitt Jones, keynote, Extraordinary Visions.
Next Best Presentation: Will Richardson, spotlight session, A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything
Most interesting presentation style: Richardson again, with his Lessig-style Powerpoint
This was everywhere: podcasting, 2) one-to-one initiatives
This will be everywhere in Atlanta: open source solutions
Most inconspicuous absence: del.icio.us, Flickr and other tools like Box.net, Writely, etc.
Least surprising: the emergence, big time, of digital storytelling on the national stage
Most aggravating: 1) cell phones ringing during presentations (big surprise, right?), 2) Powerpointlessness, 3) walking 2 miles to your next presentation, 4) the feeding frenzy around the brownies on Thursday afternoon-wow!
Most ridiculous: Steve Dembo at the Discovery booth with his wings on. Sorry, Steve, I just had to put this in.
Best advancement from previous conferences: wireless conference floor
Best ideas: 1) A conference on the Read/Write Web and 2)a full-time Blogger Cafe for conversations (suggested by David Warlick)
Best new tool for conferences: David Warlick’s Hitchhikr. See the NECC entry here.
Best social event: Edublogger meetup on Thursday night
I finally got to: meet Terry Freedman
Best Quote (or as close as I could get it): "Where avocation and vocation are one, a heart can be united..." DeWitt Jones
Most Amazing: the power of like-minded people to inspire each other.
Best San Diego restaurant: Fleming’s Steakhouse
Best New Product: Supacam
Best almost presentation: Hall Davidson, who had to give a different presentation as the result of Google Earth’s end user agreement
Most important function of NECC: the conversations, especially the informal ones….
Most surprising: the size of the exhibit hall. Just how many electronic gradebooks can there be? See Jeff Utecht's interesting post about the conference floor.
If I see another of these presentations it will be too soon: The “Best of” K-6 Websites. Stop the madness....
Best NECC navigational tool: conference mini-matrix
Best in-your-face, challenging, get it done presentation: I didn’t see one. Will's was the closest.
Most distracting: San Diego’s Gaslamp district
Honorary NECC paparazzi: David Warlick
Must have in Atlanta: Philly has cheesesteaks, Chicago has pizza, but Atlanta has the Varsity! Whata ya have, whata ya have? Take a trip to visit the Varsity, an Atlanta and Athens institution. Order like this: Gimmee two daaawwwgs all the way, walkin’, rah-aannnngggs. Translation: I would like two hot dogs with everything, to go, with onion rings. (I lived in Georgia for five years.)
Place to visit in Atlanta: Little 5 Points Neighborhood
The biggest question to ponder: Where do we go from here? Leave a comment and suggest it....
See you in Atlanta!
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