Magazine article Technology & Learning

Get on with the Show: Highlights from NECC08

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Get on with the Show: Highlights from NECC08

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Did you miss the conference in San Antonio? Not to worry. Here's a guide to accessing the great sessions, materials, vendors from NECC08.

The first thing you want to do is become an ISTE member. You can register to access the site without this, but ISTE members get discounts to NECC09, in Washington, DC. Members also get access to certain videos from the conference.

To see which vendors were there, check out the virtual vendor section. You won't get all the goodies we get as we visit the exhibitor floor, but you will get speedy service and great ideas. When you attend the live NECC, make a plan and cruise the vendor hall in sections and certain time allotments, otherwise you will be overwhelmed.

If you got locked out a popular session or didn't attend and want to find out more, the online conference brochure is a hidden gem from NECC. You can find presenter handouts and research papers, all in one searchable database.

Thanks to the Apple Learning Interchange for hosting the NECC 2008 Podcasts (http://edcommunity.apple. com/ali/collection.php?collection=2956). I was able to listen to Dean Shareski and David Jakes and their One Hour Powerpoint presentation. Then, if I clicked on the link to the page where Jakes and Shareski explain their presentation, I find hyperlinks to Blog entries about their topic, the podcast channel, Jakes' e-mail, and the URL where you can find the handouts.

Exhausted yet? Sit back and watch the video's that NECC08 was able to capture. You won't want to miss out on the Web-streamed (video) sessions. …

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