Friday, October 22, 2010

Coming to NETA 11 - Conversation

The NETA Conference is going strong. In 2009, we moved to a new venue. That year we broke the 2,000 attendees mark. In 2010, we surpassed even that record mark. While other state's have seen conference participation dwindle, we seem to be going full steam ahead.

Being on the NETA Board has been a wonderful experience for me. With all of our organizational success, we don't want to be stagnant. So this year we are introducing "round table discussions." Think of it as a geeky fireside chat. It's not a stand and deliver presentation. We are not taking those types of presentations away; they will continue to be the cornerstone of the NETA Conference. But we wanted to give you the opportunity to learn from the crowd, not just the presenter! What do you talk about? That's where you come in. You bring what you want to the table for your 45 minute time slot.

I first saw this type of presentation at Educon (link to this year's site) last January at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. All of Educon's sessions are based on conversations with the other people in the sessions. One presentation that stuck out (shown in the picture) was when Will Richardson said, "I've got three slides and 90 minutes, so you'd better be ready to share." That's exactly what makes this type of presentation style exciting and successful: you are the facilitator, not the presenter. You can come with questions and don't have to have answers.

If you are looking for another example of this, check out EdCampKC on November 6th, 2010. During that day, this "un-conference" will have a Ustream going in one of the session rooms. You can find out more information by visiting their wiki.

The due date for conversation submissions is the same as the rest of NETA presentations (December 1st). If you have any questions, please leave them in the Comments section here or on the NETA Facebook or Twitter pages. And even if you don't want to present, you are highly encouraged to come over to the Marriot lounge and join in the conversation!

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