Friday, July 01, 2005

NECC - Redux

It is good to be home, I am glad that I had the privilege to see yet another of the great cities of the United States.

I am also glad that I was able to attend NECC, and have the chance to hear what some of the leading thinkers in technology education have to say about computing, teaching and learning. There is no way that I could have predicted the topics that were covered in this conference, my eyes were certainly opened to wide dreams, big goals, and a new approach to thinking when it comes to computing and education. As an aspiring software developer, it was enlightening to see, hear and learn about the challenges that the teachers of today face in their classrooms. It isn’t just about classroom management, or teaching reading writing and arithmetic, it is about teaching people how to grow up and become citizens in an ever changing world, where technology will play a critical role in just about every aspect of their lives.

I come away from NECC with a greater vision of what computing is now and what it could be in the future. It is exciting to think about what future computer systems will do to help solve interesting problems, and yet at the same time it is somewhat intimidating to think about what the future expects from us as a worldwide community. We have a lot of work to do!

NECC gave me the chance to break out of the monotony that I had been facing at work, and has helped me to recharge my batteries, and expand my vision. In short, it was really a great experience.

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