Most Social Attendee: Sue Waters!
Sue was everywhere, trying to meet as many folks from her PLN as she could. Sue’s bubbly personality was infectious and Sue looks nothing like herself in her PLN or avatar pictures. She had the most fun of anyone I know in the Blogger’s Cafe.
Biggest change in the conference for me: Audience Interaction/Participation
A tier sponsor (Promethean) porvided handhels at various sessions. This one is from the debate during Tuesday’s keynote. We got to decide which side justifed their stance best.
These two provided me with the best fun and the best sessions. Of all the sessions I attended, Steve Dembo’s (which I blogged about a few says ago) was my favorite.
The BEST NECC09 LMS Honor goes to: Keisa Williams
Keisa was a member of the Library 2.0 Smackdown. With one skype call, and the creation of a wiki, we managed to plan and implement a plan for how to have the smackdown. (we = me, Joyce Valenza, Karen Kleigman, Wendy Stephens, and Keisa) Keisa almost single-handedly populated our wiki with great examples of the tools we wanted to showcase, and floored us all with the ones she chose to share in the session. I’m in awe of the elementary school teacher-librarian, a TRUE media specialist.
Award for causing the biggest stir at the Blogger’s Cafe: Lee Lefever of CommonCraft Fame
The Worst WIFI Award: ISTE NECC 2009, or around the conference known as #wifi fail.
Monday of the conference seemed to be the worst for connectivity, and that was the day for our panel discussion, the Library 2.0 Smackdown. Of course everything we were using was on a wiki online. Yes, we were frantically trying to get a connection to make our back-up plan just before the session began. Luckily, it seemed to come back about twenty minutes before the session, and we were bale to get our session (with audience participation) up and showcased.
I wish I could find a picture of him presenting. He was probably the most passionate speaker I heard, and I was floored by his enthusiam and demand for better “cloud” services for school libraries. Most memorabale quote: (to vendors) Where is the api for that?