WOW! Remind me never to apply for 3 session at a conference again! I thought I would apply for 3 sessions in hopes that NCAECT would accept one. Surprise! The good thing was that we presented back to back to back in the same room and all on the first day.
Our best session was our first one, Digital Photos, now what?. We had people sitting on the floor. Kim and I were expecting maybe 20 tops. You can only imagine our surprise when people kept coming in. It was great! Of course, we had a few stumbles, but since it was our first time presenting on digital photos, it went very well. Our Animoto didn’t load in time, but Kim was a huge hit with Gogofrog. If you haven’t tried Gogofrog, you have to – it’s great!
We then presented Wiki This Way. We have done this particular session before, so it went off fairly well. I hope everyone learned something. We had some great comments from the teachers. Again, we had a huge turnout, but not standing room only.
Finally, we ended with Creating Magic with Web 2.0 Tools. Again, this was a rerun for us, but it still went well. Not as many people this time since it was also during Tammy Worcester’s session. She is so good, that I really didn’t blame people for attending her session. In fact, I suggested that a couple of teachers go there and view our wiki later. But, we did have a good turnout. I think that we need to refocus if we use this session again. Web 2.0 tools is just too wide open. Skypeing with a NASA trainer was the highlight. The teachers loved that!
Even though we didn’t get to attend many sessions on the last day, there were a couple of teachers presenting their lessons on SmartBoards in the hallway that I thought was one of the most beneficial I have ever attended. Susie and her partner, whom I’m sorry I have forgotten her name, had some great ideas! I’m so glad that she made a wiki. I volunteered to make one for her is she would send me her lessons. They are great – check them out!
The NCAECT conference was really good this year. Scott Smith and Marlo Gaddis did a wonderful job. It was one of the best conferences I have attended in recent years.
Until next time ~ Danita