Monday, June 29, 2009

NECC 2009 From Where I Sit - Part 2

As I've done each summer, I plan to do a lot of learning this summer. NECC always presents a great opportunity for learning, even if it's done from a distance. To harness that learning, I thought I'd experiment with something else I'm learning this summer: PBWorks.

I've enrolled in the PBWorks Summer Camp; we're just starting the second week. The main reason I signed up for the camp is that PBWorks (formerly PBWiki) has always been a bit confusing for me. I think it's just the way it's laid out; that sidebar is quite different from the Wikispaces sidebar that I've grown accustomed to. But I'm adjusting! I'm actually feeling a lot more comfortable with PBWorks now that I'm through the first week of camp. Actually, I'm thinking it may be an even better solution for me with my organizational challenges. The use of folders to hold your pages is tremendously helpful!

So, how am I combining PBWorks and NECC? I've started a wiki to collect all the information that all of my friends are sharing from the conference in Washington, DC. I add to it throughout the day, so be sure to check back and see what other wonderful things we're learning.

McTeach.pbworks.com

You'll notice the wiki has other folders that don't have much information in them...yet. I plan on using this wiki to help me process all of my learning goals for the summer. Up next: Understanding By Design.

One other way I'm keeping track of all the information coming out of NECC is through my Diigo account. I've created a list called "NECC 2009" and use that to save links to as I get them. Feel free to check it out:

NECC 2009 List

Saturday, June 27, 2009

NECC 2009 From Where I Sit

It's been quite awhile since I've posted anything here, and what better time to write something than the start of NECC 2009! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the funds to go myself this year, but I know I'll be learning plenty in the next few days as I read, listen, watch, twitter, and plurk from the comforts of my own home.

With all of the information that will be coming out of Washington, D.C. during the conference, I decided to try my hand at creating a Netvibes page with feeds coming in from several websites (Delicious, Diigo, Flickr) as well as a number of blogs from the folks I follow on Twitter and Plurk.

It is definitely not easy to keep up with all of the information that comes out of NECC, so I've got a couple of other ideas I'm working on. One idea is a wiki to use as a collecting spot for all the links that will be coming out fast and furious starting tomorrow. I don't know if that will be the best way to stay on top of things, but it might be at least a bit better than the mess from last year. (Don't ask!)

I'll be sure to share as I go, and if you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

For now, if you have a Twitter and/or Plurk account, be sure to follow the hashtag #necc09. Or, if you're like myself, you can also choose to follow #notatnecc09, a hashtag that @marierush came up with this morning for those of us who were unable to make it to NECC (in case you couldn't figure that one out on your own). To search for hashtags, go here:

Twitter Search
FriendFeed Search

For a Twitter search that updates in real time, you have to try TweetGrid! I'm sure it will be moving fast and furious tomorrow!