Jason Ramsden (@raventech) and Sarah Hanawald (@sarahhanawald) encouraged live online conversation and blogged notes using the Cover It Live tool during the following presentations. (Click on the name of the blogger to access the notes. Sessions with two bloggers listed have separate notes from each.)
- Sarah: Setting a Course for IT Success
- Sarah: Revitalizing the Veteran Teacher with Peter Gow
- Sarah and Jason: Opening General Session with Dan Heath, author of Made to Stick, Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
- Sarah: Creating Artists of Learning with Mary Cullinane
- Sarah and Jason: Michelle Rhee on Reforming Education
- Jason: Michael Thompson on The Impact of Technology on the Lives of Boys
- Sarah and Jason: Guy Kawasaki on The Art of Innovation
- Sarah and Jason: Closing Session with Oprah Winfrey
Instead of creating a live blogging session dedicated to a particular presentation, many other conference attendees used Twitter to post short messages or quotes of interest while attending presentations. Many people who posted messages to Twitter before, during, and after the conference marked these messages with the keyword #nais09 (called a hash tag). That made it easy for people using Twitter during the conference (whether actually there or not) to follow some of the activities. You can see a list of all of the Twitter posts tagged with that keyword using Twitter's search tool. The entries are listed in reverse chronological order, and people continue make Twitter "micro-blog" posts tagged with that keyword as they write related articles after the conference. This is how I discovered most of the content about the proceedings. (If you are really bored, you can scroll through the that list of twitter posts and find the announcement I recently made about for this blog post.)
If you have read this far, you might be short on time, but you can quickly read some of the best conference quotes and highlights that were posted to Twitter according to Liz B. Davis (@lizbdavis) in her blog post Gr8T Quotes from #NAIS09.
Thank you to Jason, Sarah, Liz, and everyone else who shared the conference live via the web!
For those who prefer more depth and less conversation, there were also three official conference bloggers:
- Jonathan Martin (head-elect, St. Gregory College Prep, AZ)
- KaTrina Wentzel (Mounds Park Academy, MN)
- Michael Obel-Omia (The University School, OH)
This experience provided me an interesting example of how blogging and social networking can connect people to a traditional conference when people actually in attendance are willing to share. This is good news for us life-long learners who don't necessarily have the time or other resources to traditionally participate in theses events.
As I find other web resources of interest specifically related to the 2009 NAIS Annual Conference, I will post them under the nais09 tag of my delicious bookmarks, which you can access by clicking here.