Getting ready for NECC!

NECC is just around the corner and Generation YES is getting ready. We’ve planned, ordered, organized, and packed (sort of). We’ll be at booth #1952, come by and say hi!

We are especially excited to be working with the new Constructivist Consortium, planning events to support progressive educators everywhere. The Consortium members will be offering an amazing prize package every day, including software, TechYES and GenYES licenses, and a virtual author visit from Fablevision’s Pete Reynolds, noted children’s book author and illustrator. Come by our booth to pick up an entry card for the prize drawings.

Be sure to put these sessions in your NECC calendar:

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Technology Literacy for All Students – Dennis Harper, Generation Yes with Sylvester Robinson, James L. Smith and Gary Stager 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us for a comprehensive, comparative look at how states and nations are defining and assessing technology literacy.

Papert Matters – Thinking About Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas
Gary Stager, Pepperdine University 3:30-4:30 PM Spotlight Session
Seymour Papert’s work has defined the frontiers of education for 40+ years. His colleagues will share what Papert’s ideas mean for the future of learning.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Assessing Student Technology Literacy – Karen Connaghan, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit with Kate Kemker, Sylvia Martinez and Mia Murphy 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Come hear real solutions for meeting the NCLB requirement to assess technology literacy of 8th grade students.

More sessions…NECC Creative Educator Handout
If you are looking for constructivist, project-based sessions with ideas for the classroom using multimedia, Web 2.0 tools, programming for students, and more, download this handout for sessions that you’ll love.

Constructivist Celebration
We’ll also see some of you at the Constructivist Celebration! This day-long celebration of creativity, computing & constructivist learning will take place Sunday, June 24 at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Peter Reynolds and Gary Stager will kick the day off with an inspirational keynote address. Then, participants will jump into exciting hands-on projects led by some of the nation’s finest ed tech leaders. The day ends with an opportunity to share your creations and a panel discussion, “Sustaining Constructivist Learning,” featuring leaders of LCSI, GenYES, Schoolkit, Tech4Learning, and Fablevision. Every participant will receive a great package of software too!Unfortunately, the event before NECC is COMPLETELY sold out, but we are already hearing from other conferences about doing it in other places around the country. If you’d like to hear more about future events with the Constructivist Consortium, you can add your name to the email list.


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