Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Thoughts on NECC07

NECC07 in Atlanta is over, and I have the luxury of staying over one more night before flying back to Cape Cod in the morning. I think this option might become a tradition since it gives me a chance to reflect on everything that I saw and learned before getting back to my "regular" routine.

The conference was a great success, in my opinion. Thank you to ISTE and the GA and NECC Conference Committees for a job well-done! The amount of energy from the participants and the presenters kept me excited the entire time! It was great to spend time with colleagues from all over the globe and to listen carefully (although not always quietly, which is no surprise to anyone!) to what others had to say.

I would like to thank all of the wonderful educators who took the time to stop me and make me feel so special. I appreciate all the feedback and suggestions and the new friends that I made. I look forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio in 2008!

Tired and full of new ideas,

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Lighthouse Learning Island

Well, we did it! Four school districts in Massachusetts (Nauset Public Schools, Barnstable Public Schools, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, and Plymouth Public Schools) have purchased an island in Second Life!

We are calling the island "Lighthouse Learning Island" and it is intended to prvide two things. The first is an engaging venue for traditional professional development and collaboration including staff meetings, presentations on topics of interest to the educators in our district, and training materials. Noticess about workshops and events that are open to the public will sent to the members of the Second Life group "K-12 Educators", so you might want to join that group within SL if you are interested.

Secondly, the environment is intended to ramp up the Second Life skills of the teachers in the four districts in order to move ahead, in year two, with content-specific Teen Grid islands. The plan is to staff the Teen Grid islands with teachers who will use those venues to enhance student content-area instruction.

The island has been approved and should show up in a week or so. I requested a certain area for its location, but I will not know the location until it shows up!

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Saturday, June 16, 2007


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