NECC 09 was a terrific event for Educational Technologist around the world. This year's attendance topped 18,000! The conference kick was excellent with NPR's Mario Armstrong during the members session.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of such notable books as "The Tipping Point", "Blink" and his latest New York Times bestseller, "Outliners" was the opening keynote. He talked about the value of effort over talent and how we should get a better understanding of failure and how it relates to learning.
The exhibits were powerful as usual. Conferences of this nature are very important to the educational technology field for not only teachers, but administrators. There are powerful networking opportunities to say the least. I had a chance to meet Janelle Leonard,Director of School Support & Technology Programs
. She oversees the ETT grant money that we all love so well in technology.
Other notable highlights was when 500 of us went to Capitol Hill to discuss Ed Tech funding, E-rate and Professional Development with our state's senators and representatives.
The meetings were very fruitful, and the staff was very open and receptive. We later had an awesome reception at the Library of Congress. Next year it is in Denver, Co. If you are in administration, you should make plans to attend.