There were some new technology implementations to help support the conference this year. I felt they were very well received and will help people see a use in their environments.
Future Technology - When I first accepted a position on the NETA board I was excited about the possibility to contribute some of my time and talent. At our last board retreat I suggested we might investigate having a supporting website for the actual conference itself. Something that would be a place that those who were unable to attend could participate and those that were there and unable to attend certain sessions could get the information they needed. We have steadily been outgrowing our facilities and even with a change in venue, we will be capped in the number of attendees we are able to support on site. There are a couple of models that we could use to have a truly integrated online supplement for the conference next year. One that I am thinking of is http://k12onlineconference.org/ I would love to entertain your ideas and other sites you have used to participate in something like this. Some of my initial ideas are below.
- NETA Dashboard
- News and Announcements
- Keynote and featured speaker podcasts (Already Here!)
- User Groups: Tech Coordinators, Apple, PC
- Twitter, Flickr, and other Web 2.0ish sites to showcase for K12 use
- General Session Information: Video/Audio/Agenda/Handouts/Links/Resources
- Live chats
- Workshop Resources
One of my revered colleagues, Graci Gillming, was unable to present this session and so asked me to fill in. It was a fun session with LOTS of people. The room host indicated there were 200+ people in a room more suitable for about 100. It thought it was an important session as we dive deeper in to what it means to be information literate. One of the keynoters, Bernajean Porter, indicated that information will soon double every 72 hours! It's these skills we need to hone to find relevant and accurate information to support our causes.