NECC is the National Educational Computing Conference put on yearly by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009/).  This is the group that sets national standards for technology in education, and brings together creative and intelligent speakers and attendees for a lively discussion each year. I’ve been to the conference twice, presented once, but haven’t been in the last 10 years.  I do remember it fondly and follow the outcomes when I can from afar.

This year I was impressed to see a planned debate at the conference with the provocative topic, “Bricks and Mortar Schools are Detrimental to the Future of Education”.  It will be interesting to hear the outcome of that.

I speed-skimmed the program over lunch and found the following list of topics/themes.  My main goal is to learn a little about the ones that are completely foreign to me, see the themes that never seem to change, and wonder why there are some topics missing at a conference in 2009.

Quick-skim of topics for NECC 2009

1:1 (Laptops)

24/7 Learning

Adobe Captivate 4

Alice

Animation

Art

Assistive Technology

Astronomy

Authentic Learning

Blogging

Bookmarking/’Digg’ing

Cell Phones / PDAs

ChatBots

Classroom 2.0

Claymation / Stop-Motion

Collaboration

Constructivism

Content Management

Copyright/DRM

Cost Control

Data Recovery

Data-Driven Decisions

Datamapping / Analysis

Differentiated Learning

Digital Storytelling

Digital Textbooks

Foreign Language

Formative Feedback

Games / Using & Building

GIMP / Photoshop

Global / Remote Assignments / Projects

Go Green

Google / Google Earth / Google Sketchup

Individual Learning Plans for All Students

Inspiration

Intel Visual Ranking Tool

Interactive Generation HEAT (higher-order thinking, engaged learning, authentic assessment, and technology) – Nintendo Generation

Internet Safety

iPod Touch

ITRT

Jing

Knowledge Management

LEGO Robotics

Making Movies

Marzano’s categories of classroom instruction

Math

MindMapping

Moodle

Multimedia pictures, narration, music

netTrekker

NING

Parent-Child Collaboration

Performance Assessments

Personal Finance

Photography

PicoCrickets

Podcasts

Portfolios

PowerPoint

Primary / Quality Sources

Primary Sources

Professional Learning

Project-Based Learning

School Improvement

Scratch

Second Life

Shmoop

Small Basic

SMART Board

SMART Sync 2009

Social Networking / Communities

StarLogo TNG STEM

Synergy

Tablet

Technology Integration into Curriculum

Technology Proficiency

Tux Paint

Video Conferencing

Whole-Class Learning

Wikis