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Conferences, Conferences

The longest day of the year is less than 24 hours away, which can only mean one thing - a whole mess o’ edtech conferences are coming down the pike. Here’s a quick look at three of the big ones.

Every June and July, it seems there’s an overload of technology conferences. During some years I’ve found myself staying away from home for weeks at a time due to strings of conferences, one after another. (The worst was when I was doing a lot of international travel - imagine having to visit South Korea, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City in only five days - I am so not doing that again.) This summer is no different. Why so many conferences? The school year’s over, of course, so it’s time to cram in those professional development credits.

Here’s a look at three events over the next few weeks, in chronological order.

TIE 2006 opened today in Colorado, and runs through the 23rd. Now in its 20th year, TIE is the one of the premier edtech conferences. This year’s opening keynote is being presented by online safety expert Nancy Willard; you can even access a PDF of her presentation in case you’re not there in person.

The Anytime, Anywhere Learning forum and summit opens on Wednesday, running through Friday, here in Boston. The purpose of the conference is to examine the potential of ubiquitous Internet access and mobile computing devices to transform constructivist educational practice. There will be gobs of presentations about K-12 laptop programs, including a speech by former Maine governor Angus King, best known in edtech circles for his strong support of his state’s laptop program, which provided laptops to every middle school student. I’ll be attending the conference as well and will post a summary of it later this week.

The big cheese of the edtech conference circuit is the National Educational Computing Conference, or NECC. This year, it’s taking place immediately after the Fourth of July in San Diego. Over 10,000 educators are expected to attend, and it’s often the highlight of the annual conference calendar. Sadly, this will be only the second NECC I’ve missed in the last 12 years, but with the new baby it’s going to be hard for me to get away to the West Coast. Fortunately, though, there will be no shortage of bloggers there, so it will be easy to follow along online to see what’s going on. David Warlick is even encouraging bloggers to tag their blog entries with the word NECC06, so people will be able to use aggregating tools like Technorati and Flickr to follow all the blogs entries and photos being posted from there.

Feel like sharing any other edtech conferences to pass the time this summer? Post a comment and let all of us know about it! -andy

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Hey Andy, long time reader, first time commenter. :-)

Here’s one you don’t have to travel for at all! There’s a full day of Wikis in Education this year at Wikimania 2006 and it’s being held at Harvard Law School. This is a grass-roots conference that has been attracting international presentations and great speakers that I’m personally really looking forward to attending. Thought I’d put it on the radar.

(see Wikis in Education Track at Wikimania 2006)

Don’t worry, I know about it. SJ and I are friends. I’ll mention it when I talk about Wikipedia later.

Hey, Andy!

Don’t forget the Laptop Institute held in Memphis, TN on July 16-19. Over 450 teachers, administrators and techies from 36 states and 6 countries will be attending. David Warlick (2CentsWorth) as well as Pamela Livingston (ISTE Author)are keynoting. Hands-on workshops, demonstrations of best practices, and panel discussions will focus on the practical help most K-12 teachers need. And, Memphis is a GREAT tourist town: we’ll have more than our share of blues and BBQ to go around! While registration is closed there is an interest list already for next year. See the web site for more.

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