- Follow these hashtags on Twitter: #ISTE11, #EBC11, #TEDxPhiladelphiaEd and #TEDxPhillyEd (If you use Tweetdeck, it's a little easier to create columns and follow the streams well into the next few weeks as people continue to mull over their thoughts and the resources)
- Watch a few presentations as they happen LIVE!
- TEDxPhilly is streaming live here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tedxphiladelphiaed
- ISTE Unplugged: http://www.isteunplugged.com/ for the schedule
- Check out the EBC11 (EdubloggerCon) schedule and don't miss the energizing, head-spinning Web 2.0 Smackdown at 2:00 EST that will be streamed AND the keynote smackdown and 4:00 EST. Also, follow the Twitter streams because lots of the other sessions are frequently streamed informally and spontaneously. Watch for uStream URLs flowing through the Twitterverse.
- Follow these folks on Twitter (to name just a few). They don't know it but will be your Learning Docents over the next few days:
- Steve Dembo
- Dean Shareski
- Teryl Magee
- Angela Maiers
- Jen Wagner (not attending, but don't let that fool you)
- Scott Meech
- Kristin Hokanson
- Beth Still
- Ryan Bretag
- Ken Shelton
- Wes Fryer
- Shannon Miller
- Most importantly, watch who the above folks interact with and follow those people, too. That's where the "network" part of "social network" comes into play.
Not attending, like me? Sure we lose out on seeing our virtual friends in person, and joining in on those valuable face to face conversations, and experiencing those presentations that won't be streamed, but here's my Top Ten reasons why attending virtually can be EVEN BETTER!
Top Ten Reasons Why Attending Virtually Can Be Even Better!
|Photo Credit: Beth Still (Flickr:beth69358)|
10. No blisters on your feet from excessive walking as a matter of fact, you can feel free to walk around in shoes much like Angela Maiers or Carol Anne McGuire do.
9. No maps needed. You know exactly which room in your house to go to find your computer.
8. If someone chats with you and you're not interested, you can simply click the "unfollow" button. Try that in real life!
7. No long flights but feel free to sleep sitting up the night before anyway.
6. No need to plan your meals around evening vendor presentations; however go ahead and make just a few cold sweet and sour meatballs and 2 chicken wings just for kicks.
5. No need to say "wid" or "widdout." Just no need.
4. No need to wear a nametag, unless you're like me and never home, in which case you may want to because it may help your family avoid embarrassment when addressing you.
3. By following the Twitter stream, you'll find a new addiction. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
2. While your ISTE-attending friends may be golfing or attending baseball games (yes, you know who you are), you can be sure to share your 2-cents by leaving snarky comments when they post those photos online. This will ensure an invite for you next time.
And the NUMBER ONE REASON why attending from home can be EVEN BETTER:
1. Think of all the money you are saving. With the money you are NOT spending this year and a few dollars you can start putting aside every week now, you can start making plans to attend with me next year!