Sunday, June 14, 2009
Soon I will fly off to my first technology conference. I have the honor of going to Washington DC (also a first...) for a week of priceless learning and connections.
There are so many choices for sessions to sign up for. I have to say I have lost some sleep trying to figure out a direction. Since I am a special education teacher I am involved in every curricular area. I would like to find sessions to meet each area. Of course, the techie side of me would like to have some enrichment! I have tried to make every minute count. I have a feeling I will be dead on my feet. I am looking forward to a capitol hill visit with many other educators. I am scheduled to visit the office of U.S. Senator Mike Johanns. Unfortunately, he will be back here in Nebraska on business...I am sure his staff will be just as informative. At the end of the week I would like to tour other sites. The Holocaust Museum is tops on my list.
I have to mention that one of the best things happening during my week in DC will be meeting members of my PLN (Professional Learning Network) from Twitter and Plurk. I have officially registered for a "Tweetup" on Monday night. I am pretty sure there is a "Plurkup" planned as well...How amazing to meet many of the people who have become colleagues via the internet!
Here is my tentative itinerary for the conference:
-DEN (Discovery Educator Network) Preconference Event
-21st Century Technology Leader Forum (sitting on panel)
-Capitol Hill visit prep. session
-Chalk House: 3D game for Building Literacy in Middle School
-Spreadsheets for Math
-Wonderful World of Wikis
-Leslie Fisher's Gadget Class
-Strategies for Using Blogs and Wikids with SPED students
-iTouch and iPhones for teaching and learning
-Technology in Afterschool Programs
-Essential Technology Tools for Struggling Learners
-Personal Learning Networks in Second Life
-Technology Velcro-Tools that make education stick
-Beyond Blogging - WordPress
-Promethean Board Teacher Tips
-Integrating Technology into Science
-After-School Technology Enrichment Program
-Moving Mainstream Technologies into the Classroom
-LOL @ NECC
-Do so Much with an iPod Touch
I will most likely be blogging, Tweeting, and Plurking along the way. Wish me luck!