NECC (National Educational Computing Conference) is a conference that I have considered attending for the last couple of years, but due to the cost I have not yet been able to attend (without giving specifics, my earnings are less than Maine’s statewide average). This year was shaping up to be no exception to that rule until I received an email last night from Beth Still. Beth is a social studies teacher in Nebraska and a part of my PLN or you could say that I’m a part of her PLN through Twitter and Facebook. Last night Beth emailed me with an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse.
Beth has organized an idea to send a newbie to NECC this year. Through the contacts in her PLN Beth is trying to raise $1500 to send me to NECC. In consultation with another member of her PLN, Jason Shrage, she chose me to be the newbie for this social media experiment. The short version of the story is Beth wanted to give someone who had never been to NECC the chance to go. Beth also wanted to test the power of a PLN and social media. Read the full story on Beth Still’s blog. It is also on Beth’s blog that you can make a donation.
On a more personal note, this is one of the nicest things that anyone has ever done for me in my adult life. When I read Beth’s email last night I was utterly speechless (that doesn’t often happen). My mother raised a boy who has trouble accepting gifts without being able to reciprocate. Therefore, when I’m at NECC I will, of course, blog and Tweet about my experience. And I hope to be able to share some video of my experience along with a video of Beth and I meeting for the first time.