ISTE, What up?

A week from today I head to San Antonio for my first NECC. I’m interested in some sessions but mostly interested in talking and learning with a boat load of people from my network. Knowing that many of these folks are progressive, innovative and deep thinkers makes me wonder why the organization that runs the conference is taking this stance.

It’s already been talked about here, here, here and likely in more place. They’ve all spoke about it in detail and added their own perspectives. I’m sure that ISTE has some legal or CYA reason for doing this but at the same time, why is that Tlt and Northern Voice in fact, encourage folks to record and share content?

Is this a US/Canada thing? Are we Canadians just as litigious minded? What am I missing here?

Maybe someone from ISTE will find this post in their technorati feed and respond.  Seems weird.

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  • I’m guessing — no, hoping–that they feel the backlash on this and change the policy. I’m very envious of you being able to go to NECC, but sad that I won’t bet to share any of your sessions vicariously.

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  • Oh, and thanks for digging out the policy at TLt and posting it. If I’m ever on a conference planning committee, I’ll promote the exact same policy statement.

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  • It is odd that this comes to lite today, with only a week to get permissions and hope ISTE grants persmissions. I have left the NECC ning and taken down all but one flake on the Pageflakes (so posts like yours are aggregated there and attendees who see the pageflakes will know….) What is your reaction?

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  • Dean: I really appreciate you sharing the policies of the Canadien conferences you have recently attended– I hope the ISTE folks will take note of that as well. Conversations… that is how we change. Hopefully these conversations will be constructive and move us forward. ISTE certainly has a great opportunity here to be responsive and more thoughtful than I think they should have been when this policy was formulated.

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  • I had caught this policy in an ISTE publication when I first received it and thought it more than curious. Is this a Canadian – US thing or is it just a small organization vs. large organization thing? I know that last year, not being able to attend NECC in person, I attended many sessions virtually. I listened in on Skype and watched twitter reports roll by. This is the main reason I am going this year. Last year’s sessions interested me, served as good PR and this year got me to spend my $$ on attending. Opening the doors to information never turns people away, it only brings them in.

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  • Dean, I’m also grateful about you sharing the TLT policy on blogging, podcasting, etc. It is a wonderful example and one I will certainly share with organizations I’m a part of.

    I spoke with some insiders who suggested to NECC organizers make it possible to stream presentations (video/audio) into Second Life. The reaction apparently was negative. What I suspected when I read NECC’s policy was that they are afraid of losing money. Per my source, this is exactly why sessions won’t be streamed or shared via Second Life in any great quantity…they want people to attend NECC.

    This is all in such direct opposition to the principles espoused in the NETS-S and I find it hypocritical. Of course, while no one is perfect, we do need to have a transparent, open conversation about it. The question is, Will ISTE engage bloggers in this conversation, or ignore them?

    Thanks for sharing,
    Miguel Guhlin
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  • Miguel,

    If the reason is fear folks won’t attend live, I think Clarence’s comments are bang on. As well, if folks read Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky, he addressed the power of the internet to bring people together face to face and that it is indeed a vehicle to provide and create more opportunities for social interactions. Viewing sessions virtually is as much about archiving and personal reflection as it is about broadcasting to others. But it does serve as a powerful marketing tool.

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  • Hello, Dean,

    I was glad to see you mention Northern Voice in your post — NV provides an excellent model of what a conference can be, and its openness and inclusiveness and embrace of new and developing technologies could help inform planning for Ed Tech meetups.



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