Helen and I are getting ready for NECC. I can’t believe it’s here already! We’ll be driving down to San Antonio together on Saturday evening and are preparing for no sleep and lots of sharing and learning! We’re bummed we’ll miss the Edubloggers and the Twitter meet up. How unfair! But we do hope we run into old and new friends! If you see one or the both of us, please say hi!
I’m up late-ish for some unknown reason and found myself catching up on my feeds. I read this one on Learning is Messy. A few useful tips if you’re going to be attending a conference for the first time. Well, even if you’re not new to conferences, I like the tips.
#1 – Unless you have to be there, spend as little time on the vendor floor as possible.
#2 – Make a schedule of all the sessions you want to see … then be ready to ignore it … or at least a lot of it.
#3 – Don’t be afraid to hang out and put your 2 cents in.
#4 – Bring a cheap plug strip.
#5 – Don’t stress … YOU ARE GOING TO MISS SOME COOL THINGS YOU WISH YOU HADN’T MISSED! It’s OK
Well, there was a lot more on each point on the site, so be sure to check it out. But to these tips, I add…
- If you DO plan on browsing the vendor area, bring labels with your contact info so you can stick those to all of those cards for drawings and door prizes. I do tend to walk the floor but mostly because I seem to win something every year Yay me! And I’m a wee bit on the greedy side. But Brian is absolutely right about taking home junk you don’t need or want. I’m in the process of changing schools and while organizing, I found two bags of past TCEA years that were left untouched. Geez.
- If you’re a blogger, consider live blogging the sessions and keynotes you attend. It serves two purposes – 1. you’re taking notes that you can reflect on later and 2. others who can’t attend those sessions can be a part of it virtually. Even if you read a live blogged session later, the live blog feel gives you a bit of a sense of being there. Helen and I have used CoverItLive.com with success. Honestly, I haven’t tried any other live blogging software but we don’t get anything from CoverItLive either. :) Anyway, you can tweet that you’re live blogging and others can “listen in” and comment or question while you’re taking notes. Very cool!
Okay, so only two more suggestions. It’s late-ish and I’m tired. See you at NECC! I hope!