Before Striking Out for NECC

It’s not quite 6:00 AM EST, and I’ve been up for a couple of hours, worrying over one of the presentations I’ll be doing at NECC.  I’m not nearly as busy with presentations this year as last, and won’t know until tomorrow if either of the EduBloggerCon sessions I suggested will fly. 

The one session that has me working overtime will happen on Sunday at the SETDA Emerging Technologies Forum.  I’ve been asked to present, along with David Thornburg, a ten minute presentation for state ed tech leaders, coinciding with the continuing development of their Class 20/20 Action Plan for Education.  While David will compellingly promote the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), I am planning to promote the equal importance of the creative arts (Music, Art, Drama) for the very same reasons, not just for the sake of culture, but as a critical economic leaverage point.  Then again, I may change my mind and do something entirely different. 

One thing that I do know is that preparing for a ten minute presentation is a lot harder than preparing for an hour.

I just took a quick scan of the NECC page on Hitchhikr, and found that it was not sorting the blog postings.  So I fixed that, and just to break the menotony of all of those pre-conference Second LifeTM events, I uploaded a picture of my computer, while it was helping me plan for that SEDTA session.  I’m sure that the photos will start pouring in today.  I also discovered that there are a lot of things, whose acronyms work out to be NECC, such as the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.  I blocked that one out of Hitchhikr.

Anyway, I think I’ll spend the final hour before hitting the road, trying to clean up my NECC planner! 😉

Author: David Istlandoll

David Istlandoll has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.