Acceptance letters are supposed to be going out for NECC presenters this month, so I thought that this would be a good time to make sure we started getting the word out about plans for the conference, which is being held in Washington, DC this summer (June 28 - July 1, 2009)
First and foremost is EduBloggerCon 2009, which will be held on Saturday, June 27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (where NECC itself will be held). Again, through the generous sponsorship of ISTE, this will be a FREE all-day event for educational bloggers, members of Classroom 2.0, and anyone else who wants to come. We'll have lots of breakout rooms this year, and promise to make it another great event while keeping the spirit of an "un-conference!" Details will be forthcoming on EduBloggerCon.com or stay tuned here or in Classroom 2.0 for information as we have it. Mark your calendars, and make sure others that you know will want to attend are aware of the date, as many folks will start making flight arrangements for their trip soon.
Second is the Open Source Pavilion and Playground Area. In our fourth year now at NECC, with a full schedule of formal and informal sessions coming out soon, it should be really fun to be in Washington, DC this year. With capacity crowds last year for almost every session, and with more and more schools facing budget issues that Open Source addresses very nicely, we're planning for a really fun, busy, and educational time!
Finally, The Bloggers' Cafe. No immediate news right now on the Bloggers' Cafe except that it's on the schedule again, and so, I'm told, is "NECC LIVE," which we inaugurated last year. NECC LIVE is the un-conference within a conference, and we're lobbying for a separate space so the two events have room to breathe. Updated websites for both will be created and posted in the Spring.
Major kudos and thanks to ISTE for all of their support of both the Open Source and Web 2.0 communitites at NECC. Hope to see many of you there!