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Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Davey's: Best of NECC

Here are my picks for the NECC conference held in San Diego:

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:, Flickr and other tools like, 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!

tags necc necc06 necc2006


  • At 1:27 PM , Blogger Glenn E. Malone said...

    Where did geocaching fit in for you...and should we offer it in Atlanta?

  • At 7:42 PM , Blogger David said...

    You know, I am aware of what it is, I saw the booth but did not stop. I think anything that actively engages students in learning is a good thing-I would have to know more about this but I would definately think that Atlanta would seem logical-were there any concurrent sessions on this? I do not recall. If not, that's where I would go next.

  • At 11:11 PM , Blogger Glenn E. Malone said...

    This year we offered a geocaching 3 hour workshop, a one hour Birds of a Feather, a one hour California Gold and our 4 day event was attended by over 300 participants.

    The intent of the conference committee when they asked me to organize the event was to provide a fun tech activity for conference attendees to do outside.

    We checked out GPS units, hid caches, collected waypoints and sent those interested out for a high tech walk with the satelites.

    Seemed to be a huge hit with those that tried it. As an elementary principal, I enjoy how it engages the learner.

    I've only seen a few bloggers and a few podcasts (thecnosavvy, podcacher, and thetechteachers) talk about the NECC geocaching experience.

    The Atlanta folks came by and gave it a try. Afterwards they asked me to set up in Atlanta. So you may have another chance next year if you missed it this time.

    I'll be reading you on 2 blogs this week.

  • At 12:08 AM , Blogger said...

    I wanted to make it to NECC this year, but it just didn't happen. I hope to be there next year.

    One question, what is a "conference mini-matrix"?

  • At 10:59 AM , Blogger David said...

    It's just a very small organizer with all the conference sessions listed.

  • At 9:51 PM , Blogger Teach42 said...

    I knew I should have run away when I saw Will coming.

    Great recap though! Curious to hear your thoughts about the Supacam now that you've had some time to play with it.

  • At 9:04 AM , Blogger David said...

    Supacam has performed very well, the two things that I don't like are:
    1) zoom on the camera is not that smooth
    2) in video mode, doesn't pick up sound very well


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