I’ve returned safely to Oklahoma from Anaheim, California and the EduComm07/InfoComm07 experience. Whenever I return from a conference, it is challenging to both publish podcast audio recordings from sessions and also digitize the notes I scribbled during the conference from time to time on pieces of paper, when my laptop was not open or available. I’ve uploaded all my pictures from the conference to a Flickr set, and I’ll briefly share a few images and thoughts.
Highlight number one was definitely getting to listen to Alan Kay’s keynote address on Tuesday, and seeing a working protype of the $100 laptop being manufactured through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) nonprofit.
It’s amazing to see that after publishing the audio recording of Alan’s keynote Tuesday night, as of this evening (Thursday night, 2 days later) it has been downloaded 1155 times. Wow! I don’t know what the EduComm total attendance was, but I don’t think it was that big. How cool that podcasting and read/write web technologies are enabling so many more people to have almost real-time access to ideas and thoughts being shared from a conference like this. That is great and powerful, but Alan’s ideas were even more extraordinary. I really do commend his keynote address to you, it was challenging, thought-provoking and inspirational.
Linda is based in southern California as is Beth, but Beth works mainly in the Los Angeles area. You can see all the AT&T California education advocates and their regions on this clickable map, which is part of the AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer website. Linda Woods is primarily responsible for keeping KNE up to date. Both Linda and Beth provide free professional development for teachers and schools, so if you live in California please contact your regional advocate if you’re looking for teacher training. BTW, I noticed this evening on the KNE staff development website a link for free summer training on web 2.0 skills– the California Library Association has put together a curriculum of activities which looks to be expanded and extended from the Spring. Check that out, and if you haven’t sign up for the free Blue Web’N Yahoo Group.
In addition to the wonderful people I met and visited with at EduComm, the vendor hall of InfoComm certainly was a highlight. An overwhelming highlight, perhaps, but none-the-less a highlight. What really caught my eye more than anything were these projectors that looked like canons, I think there were about 5 of them all in a line.
Each one of them could be precisely aligned to the one next to it, using this special light grid image:
Look at this amazing combination of images they created, which looked like a continous image of the stars over a planet, as seen from space:
This makes me think of light paper, or electronic paper, which is predicted by some to (in the future) be so inexpensive people will be able to wallpaper rooms with it. I have no idea how much those projectors at Infocomm cost, but I’m sure the number was huge. The sheer number of plasma flatscreens and digital projectors in that convention hall was overwhelming!
I’ve never seen so much multimedia in one place in my life.
There was an entire “Technologies for Worship” pavilion:
Was this equipment for worship or for a rock concert? There seemed to be no difference, except for the title on the banner over the stage.
There’s lots more to write and share, but I’ll close for now. If you have a chance to attend EduComm/InfoComm next year, be prepared for an assault on the visual senses when you go into the vendor area. I’m sure what I saw this year will be less than what we’ll see next year and in the years to come, in terms of multimedia-intense technology. Next year the conference is in Las Vegas!
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