If you’re an educator working in New Jersey, I highly recommend popping down to Atlantic City this Thursday & Friday, Nov 4-5, to catch some or all of the 2010 New Jersey Education Association [NJEA] Annual Convention. As if keynotes and workshops from such educational luminaries as Sir Kenneth Robinson and David Warlick wasn’t enough, the High Tech Hall exhibit (click the link to see me interviewed by NJEA’s Vice-President, Wendell Steinhauer) promises to be even bigger and better than last year – quite an accomplishment, considering how good I thought it was then.
I’ll once again be attempting to earn my keep in High Tech Hall in the shadows of folks like Lisa Thumann, Kevin Jarrett, and Patrick Higgins. As if that wasn’t enough, Mike Ritzius, one of the co-founders of Edcamp Philly, has organized Edcamp NJEA, a “free-flowing, participatory event where the attendees are in charge — from planning through presentation”. The theme of this year’s Edcamp is “Technology in our Schools”, and the offerings so far promise to both complement and augment the already-packed schedule of High Tech Hall.
For my part, I’ll be busy on three fronts: as a HTH presenter for the NJEA, working Rider University‘s booth for a 45-minute session, and ending my convention batting cleanup at Edcamp NJEA’s final session. Here’s what I’ll be up to this week:
Thurs., November 4
11:00am – 1:00pm: Exploring Online Personal Learning Networks (HTH Main Floor)
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Collaborative Tools for 21st Century Learners & Leaders (NJEA Classroom)
3:00pm – 5:00pm: Collaborative Tools for 21st Century Learners & Leaders (HTH Main Floor)
Fri., November 5
8:00am – 10:00am: Exploring Online Personal Learning Networks (HTH Main Floor)
10:15am – 11:00am: New Classroom Technology Tools (Rider University booth)
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Collaborative Tools for 21st Century Learners & Leaders (HTH Main Floor)
2:00pm – 2:45pm: Stump the Geek! Making Tech Work For You in School (Edcamp NJEA)
Kevin’s got a great post on why this event is important, especially given the “conversation” (and I use that term loosely) taking place about public education, both in New Jersey and the US. Definitely swing by his blog to read his thoughts, and definitely swing by A.C. if you can later this week. Hope to see you there!