The NMC Summer Conference returns to Monterey Bay, where it was hosted in 2001. Much has changed since then! Since its founding in 1993, the NMCâ€™s mission has been to explore and promote innovative applications of technology to teaching, learning, and creative expression. Our history parallels the emergence of multimedia, the Internet, the world wide web, online video, Web 2.0, and now we are poised at the frontier of the 3D web. The NMC has been a part of all of these developments, and our member institutions have become well-recognized as innovative leaders in the creative application of technology to teaching, learning, and creative expression.
Working together with our hosts at California State University Monterey Bay, we have put together a most exciting and comprehensive program. Our opening keynote speaker, Kathy Sierra, is known world wide for her refreshing insights on creating engaging user experiences. For our Friday keynote, veteran educator and media guru Marco Torres will share his insights on using new media for powerful expression by youths. And at our closing session, the NMC pays its highest recognition by awarding the NMC Fellow Award to Doug Engelbart, who will be present for our own tribute to one of the most visionary persons in the history of our field.
We will again pause to honor member organizations with the Center of Excellence Award, the NMCâ€™s organizational honor, and recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in our field. And as always, we will get a rapid-fire snapshot of what members are doing at the renowned Five Minutes of Fame! Other special features are being planned plus a wide range of special sessions and activities promise to make this yearâ€™s NMC Summer Conference truly memorable.
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As NMC Summer Conference tradition, at the close of the 2008 Summer Conference at Princeton, John Ittelson and Arlene Krebs from CSU Monterey Bay provided a video overview and glorious sunset embossed invitation to entice people to come west for the 2009 NMC Summer Conference.
The NMC is partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset carbon footprints left by portions of the NMC Conference. The NMC is contributing a portion of the conference revenues to offset direct emissions resulting from the venue space, hotel, meals and the travel of NMC staff, the NMC Board of Directors, and all the major speakers.
It is estimated that the entire 2009 NMC Summer Conference leaves a carbon footprint of 234.4 metric tons - that is the equivelent to the annual emission of 43 cars.
We encourage you to join with us to reduce that footprint to zero by making a donation to CarbonFund.org in the amount of $5.86, which has been determined to be the cost of the individual footprint left by each conference attendee.Â We have made it very easy for you to add this offset to your registration fees, and fully 100% of these funds will be used to support CarbonFund.org's programs that directly support renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation efforts.Â You can make your cash donation directly via the online registration form, or if youÂ prefer, by calling the NMC office directly at 512-445-4200.
Carbonfund.org is the nation's leading non-profit carbon offset and global warming solutions provider.
NMC has been working this year to make the conference "greener" in an effort to support social responsiblity.Â In its efforts, the following changes have been made:
As part of the NMC's effort to "go green," we are inviting conference attendees and others to make their own choices about conference and logo gear. The New Media Consortium is not collecting any additional fee for these items -- they are available to you at cost.
Please visit The NMC Store on CafePress to create and order your own custom attendee swag package. Choose from a wide variety of shirts, bags, mugs, and other goodies.Â Â Also available are items featuring the NMC 15th Anniversary commemorative design.
The NMC is all about the "new" part of our name, and at this year's conference we are integrating several new social media tools to enhance your conference experience. Read on to learn how to get your "tech" on with us at Monterey.
We are working with new NMC Corporate Partner Pathable to provide a social networking site designed to help you locate and connect with people at the conference who have similar interests -- and it will work on your phone!Â Our special Pathable site at http://2009.nmc.org provides a way to connect before and during the conference.
Here is how it works. When you register for the 2009 NMC Summer Conference, we provide some basic information from your NMC web profile (name, email, organization, and any listed social media sites listed in your account) to set up an account on the pathable site. You will get an email with a special one-time use link that allows you to enter the site,select a new password, and complete your Pathable profile.Â
The important things to add are a picture so people can easily find you among the crowds, and also to provide the tags in response to the questions listed on the Pathable site. These tags are what are used to locate other people, and also, they can used as a shorthand to communicate with them via message on the Pathable site. You can add your various social media web sites, and all of your updates from flickr, twitter, facebook, etc will be published to your Pathable profile.
But there is more.Â We are loading the conference schedule into Pathable, so you can tick off the sessions you plan to attend, and you will be able to see what other attendees are going to the same session. There will also be a wiki-like tool so you can add shared notes to each session.
And one more cool piece of this --- there is a mobile version of the site that allows you to communicate with people you have designated in Pathable as contacts and so you can see your conference schedule in your portable device. Learn more about this technology by taking the Pathable tour.
You do realize that our conference logo is not the Fail Whale!
We do know and expect that many people attending our conference are users of Twitter, so when you post messages about the conference, include a "hash tag" of nmc2009Â -- this allows us to easily collect conference tweets via a twitter search URL (also appearing on the right sidebar of the conference web site).
Use twitter to share ideas, links, people you meet at the conference, and create a stream of conversation for those attending in person and those following remotely. If you are new to twitter and do not have an account,Â it is easy to set one up now at http://twitter.com. You will find plenty of NMC people who can help you understand more how twitter can be used for learning and communication.
Â And if you are active on Twitter, now is a good time to order your own Tweetup Badge (You can use nmc2009 for the Tweetup group name or for a more general use tag, use the newmediac name that is our NMC twitter account).
We got them for NMC senior staff to show you what they look like! See the details on our color choice.
See the twapper keeper archive of all conference tweets at
NMC Conferences always have a large group of active photographers, so bring your digital camera to Monterey, and be sure to tag your photos as nmc2009 if you share them on flickr. We provide a badge of random photos on this web site, and you can see the entire collection at http://flickr.com/photos/tags/nmc2009
Attach the same nmc2009 tag to any blog posts you write, YouTube videos you upload, and releated references you might bookmark in delicious or diigo.
We have selected three NMC members for reserved "blogging" seats in the main sessions so they have good vantage points for writing regular updates on the conference experience. Look for new posts next week by Chris Lott (http://chrislott.org/), Leslie-Madsen Brooks (http://cluttermuseum.blogspot.com/), and Gardner Campbell (http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1). Be sure to add your comments to their blogs.
With Geo-Everything figuring prominently in the 2009 NMC Horizon Report, we are eager to see collectively how we can assemble our photos by tying them to a location. Whether you have a GPS enabled camera device, an iPhone, or just some know how to to identify the location, we are asking that you place your flickr photos on a map! See all photos tagged nmc2009 and located near Monterey.
The easiest way to geotag is to use the flickr Organizr in the map mode -- use the map controls to find the locations where you took your photos, and then drag them from the bottom to the map location. We ask that you try and be very specific, so zoom all the way in. With the Hybrid map mode turned on, you should be able to locate your photos on individual buildings and landmarks.
For more information on geotagging, see:
Once you have the knack for tagging and geotagging your flickr photos, we invite you to take the experience to the next level. We are looking to capture pictures from the conference that tell a story of something that you experienced in Monterey, with a geolocation tie to where it happened.
To do NMC 2009 Story Mapping:
As ideas for what to do include, we suggest:
Or feel free to improvise. And keep an eye on the NMC 2009 Story Map to follow the tales.
Â Each year we hire a professional videographer to capture the NMC Summer Conference experience which is ultimately published as a DVD which we will mail all registered participants later this year; for example see the web version of the 2008 NMC Summer Conference video.
Since video recording devices are becoming smaller and more common (e.g. like the Flip Mino, which you can order at the NMC Store), even built into compact camera and phones, we are asking conference participants to share their own personal video experience of the conference. If it works out well, we will edit it to a "Participants Conference Video".
We are seeking short clips of conference activity or people talking about the conference experience, and you can send them to us via our drop.io site or even emailed from your mobile device (details will be sent to registered conferenceÂ participants).
It is your chance to show us what an NMC conference looks like from your perspective!
We have three NMC members for reserved "blogging" seats in the main sessions at the 2009 NMC Summer Conference so they had good vantage points for writing regular updates on the conference experience. Their blog coverage exceeded our wildest expectations!Â Our thanks go to Chris Lott (http://chrislott.org/), Leslie-Madsen Brooks (http://cluttermuseum.blogspot.com/), and Gardner Campbell (http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1) for the live blogging, including the following stories:
Kathy Sierra Keynote
Marco Torres Keynote
Five Minutes of Fame
Center of Excellence Awards
NMC Fellows Award to Doug Engelbart
Our conference hosts California State University Monterey Bay has created a special web site with information about the campus as well as local events and attractions you may want to check out for your free time. Visit this site to find special tours and discounts on activities you can do before or after the conference.