Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NECC Redux

It has been almost one month since the ISTE 2009 (formerly National Education Computing Conference) and I am still abuzz about many things from it. I had the privilege of moderating a panel discussion on Professional Learning Networks, which is something that I have very strong feelings about. While I did not have a full standing room only crowd, after all I was competing against the likes of Steve Hargadon and Hall Davidson, I did have the perfect audience. Those who chose to attend my session provided valuable insights into their professional learning networks, actively participated in the discussion, and were a key component to a rich discussion along with the panel. I want to thank Kristin Hokanson for live blogging and participating in the discussion (she was multi-tasking brilliantly). I want to thank Alice Mercer who had to hustle to another session, but was gracious enough to set up the live stream of the session. And finally, I want to thank Paula White, Meg Griffin, Teryl Magee, Lisa Parisi, Adina Sullivan, and Dennis Grice for being the best panel one could ask for. The presentation slides that helped drive the conversation are here

PLN Panel Discussion Questions

I did receive a number of complements on a few things, of which I am extremely appreciative. The most important comment I received was that my panel was the most diverse and well represented panels some have ever seen. I think this says a lot about the Educational Technology landscape and something that was expressed by a number of people at the conference. There has to be a move towards being inclusive of everybody, rather than the same people doing the same things year after year. It has been mentioned within my PLN circle that perhaps new presenters work with an experienced presenter as a mentor and a co-presenter. This will foster a higher level of involvement and create a culture of inclusion, rather than exclusion. I would love to see ISTE and its' state affiliates develop a database whereby those submitting for the first time can request an experienced co-presenter or mentor to assist them in preparing for and delivering their presentation session or workshop. This would encourage many more to submit for presentations and increase involvement by those that want to be more involved, but just need some assistance. Feel free to post comments and suggestions on how we as an Ed Tech community can facilitate this change.

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SherryC said...

The discussion was rich and I felt like we ran out of time before all could be said. I think you all could do an amazing in-depth and show more of the tools you use for your PLN. Having a PLN has taken me places I never would have know about before!

Thanks for all you do for us! All of you are incredible!

Selena said...

I think that the mentor idea is a really good one. If ISTE doesn't take it on, at least we have our PLN to lean on. It might make me brave enough to submit a proposal for Denver.

Lisa Parisi said...

It was a pleasure being on the panel and meeting you in person. Thank you for including me.

Kristin Hokanson said...

The pleasure was mine. It is always great to hear others' thoughts about how and why they develop and use their pln. Was so glad to get the opportunity to FINALLY meet you!

K. Shelton said...

Selena, if you want to work on a proposal with me let me know. It would be a thrill to co-present with you. Sherry, Lisa, and Kristin, words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for you!!

jerry bates said...

Very inspirational speech I loved how he aimed for our kids of today to plan for tomorrow, its not giving them political empowerment or guiding them in the wrong direction as the media portrayed but its giving them hope that through all the struggles and storms you may cross you will come out the hero In the end way to go Mr. President.

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