It has been such a fun and crazed two days so far, and I wish I had more time to blog about the buzz here, but this ought to give you a sense of what’s happening. The US Department of Education is here talking about an interesting vision for “School 2.0” that it’s been working on, and as you can see by the picture, they seem like they are on the right track. I actually had the chance to talk with Tim Magner yesterday who is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the DOE and he is really passionate about starting conversations about different models and different visions for schools. I can’t tell you how pumped I am about that development. There will be much more to come on this topic I’m sure, but thus far, NECC has turned out to be feeling very much like a pivotal moment for these tools. 1,200 people in a podcasting session yesterday, tons of people blogging and posting pictures, just a very positive and progressive feel to it all.
Margo in Virginia says
Thanks for sharing the NECC blogging enthusiasm with those of us who are at a distance. Our school district had all day sessions on blogging and podcasting today. Progressive technology winds are blowing in the Shenandoah Valley too!
Kyle Brumbaugh says
Keep us informed as to the progress… It seems very encouraging as to some of the issues the DOE is supporting. I wish I could be there to experience it all myself, but Summer School called. My take on all of this is that blogs, wikis and podcasts are going to take off in the next 12 – 18 months in the educational environment. We will need many of us to be the one’s blazing the path others will follow in the future!
Hope the rest of the conference goes well…
Andrew Pass says
This is really great news. Can you imagine the creative collaboration that will come from Internet 2.0 schools. This type of collaboration will promote the feeling of empowerment and when people feel empowered they want more. I wrote a blog entry about Internet 2.0 and iMacs yesterday at my own blog: http://www.pass-ed.com/2006/07/technology-in-classroom.html
Maybe you’ll find it interesting.