Saturday, July 15, 2006

NECC 2006 -- Scott Merrick in San Diego, or "How I Spent My Summer"

Just returned from the National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego, California where I presented three times and caught some amazing presentations by other folks. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the many blogger-reporters for the eSchoolNews website, and I'm posting here direct links to the four sessions upon which I reported:

Assessment and Beyond: Student-Driven Electronic Portfolios


Choose Your Own Wiki Adventure: Using Wikis with K-12 Students

From Gutenberg to Gates to Google and Beyond

Telling the New Story: Promoting Visions for 21st Century Classrooms

and there is a wonderful blog post about my "Birds-of-a-Feather" session, by (full disclosure alert) my pal Janine Lim at her blog, which is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in videoconferencing in the service of education. Read that post here.

There's a lot more about my sessions at my desktop IVC blog here.

Finally, I had a marvelous, relaxing, rejuvenating vacation visit of two days with my closest friend, James Morrison and his family and I posted a couple of pics at my (low profile, personal sharing blog) personal site to share with loved ones. If you are reading this, you may not be quite in that category but you are "family," so here's the link to that.

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

L.A. Visit with Jimmy

Just to post a couple interesting pics gleaned from my visit with my true brother, James Morrison. The first I think is from 1984, the second from last week (taken by the very able photographer, Seamus). I was able to tag a couple days with James and his beautiful and gracious wife Riad onto a very productive trip to San Diego for NECC, the National Educational Computing Conference. The jaunt up to LA, via a lovely train ride, was mostly to spend some time with my godson, Seamus Morrison. Though I'm not all that godly, I do get more so when I am able to be around my twin brother-from-separate-mothers. Case in point: We purchased, unbeknownst to one another, the exact same glasses frames. How weird is that, with him in California and me in Tennessee?

Anyway, here are the pics: