Monday at NECC 2009

by Jean Tower

Terrific conference day at NECC 2009.

We started the morning at a 7:30 breakfast hosted by Polyvision. Attendees got an advanced look at some of their new developments. I continue to be really impressed by the Eno board.

We raced right from the Grand Hyatt back to the convention center to attend a preparation session for our visit to Capitol Hill tomorrow. I look forward to meeting with staffers from the offices of: Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and James McGovern. We will be talking about the importance of technology in education, funding, erate, and 21st century skills.

From the Storm the Hill session we went directly to a CoSN CTO Leadership Forum , How 2 B a Disruptive Technology Leader! This was an interesting session examining how web 2.0 tools are (and will be) disrupting schools.

After a quick lunch I picked up my advocacy packet and t-shirt (to wear to the hill) and then visited the exhibitor’s floor. It is so big I was overwhelmed. Every exhibit I visited had something interesting to share.

At 2 pm, I attended Leslie Fisher’s Gadget Class: Now with Web 2.0 Freshness! I saw more new software tools, useful web 2.0 sites, and cool hardware in ONE hour than I could have researched and found in weeks. Favorite things I learned? The turntable with the USB port (digitizing your old vinyl);;; and iPhone apps like Shazam, SmugMug, Yelp, and AroundMe. BONUS – it was lots of fun. Go Leslie!

From there I went to Scott McLeod’s session, Effective Leadership in an Era of Disruptive Innovation. I thoroughly enjoyed Scott’s interpretation of Clay Christensen’s work. Check out his writing on this at .

After such a busy day spent taking in new ideas and racing from one thing to the next, it was nice to visit School Wires reception and then to have dinner with a couple of MassCUE friends, Tom and Annamaria.

Tomorrow looks to be just as jam-packed, starting with a 7:30 am breakfast presentation. <yawn. . must sleep>

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