So what happens when 14,000 people come to an ed-tech conference about Web2.0, the wifi dies. Despite pre-registration, publication of the type of technologies being used, #necc09 wifi died a a thousand deaths before lunchtime – seriously did they think we’d all bring chalk boards or OHPs?
While problematic for the ‘line-up here’ events for the digital tourists; more importantly it killed conversations that we’re happening in the halls and lounges. ISTE promotes the event as ISTE connects; and for much of edtech communities – this is the only real value – talking to people about ideas; ways to share and experiences.
“We didn’t expect this volume” is the reply, it will come back up “its not really our problem” … the volunteers around the halls are running for cover. How on earth does anyone expect to convince anyone that the internet in education is not a black hole. Lack of power outlets, seating and now internet for ‘third space’ informal learning simply wrote off my day.