MECA 2008 Conference Presentations

MECA 2008 Conference

I am now attending the MECA (Mississippi Educational Computing Association ) 2008 Conference in Jackson, Mississippi. MECA celebrates the silver anniversary this year with a recorded participants over 1,100. I have been attending the MECA conference since 1995 and have made presentations each year for the past 13 years. This year is no exception. I am the lead presenter of 3 presentations. You can view my presentations in this post if you who can’t attend the conference this year.

Software for Starving Students

Developing Data Literacy with InspireData

Top 20 Free Web Applications for Teachers and Librarians

Also, an opening keynote presentation “Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century” delivered by David Warlick is embedded here as well.

Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century

Second Life A Teacher Primer by David Warlick

I will add other MECA 2008 conference presentations when become available. Stay tune!


About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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4 Responses to MECA 2008 Conference Presentations

  1. Tim Bryant says:

    I wish I had the time to spend at MECA every year. I really wish it could be moved to the summer so that more people might be able to attend. I know that also might have a detrimental effect on attendance, but it has grown to the point that I think it deserves a full week, and every district should send a team of teachers on a “fact finding” mission to MECA to come back with useful ideas for their district. There just isn’t enough time to do everything, and not enough space for everyone to be able to spread out and do everything they want to do.

    I would really love to see it take place in larger surroundings, maybe somewhere like a university, or the fairgrounds. As it stands now you really have to pick and choose what you want to participate in, and without fail when you get back you hear everyone talking about the presentation that you missed. You also hear about how much this person learned in this workshop, etc. It really gets aggravating when there is not enough time to go and participate.

    If you haven’t been, go, if you usually leave early, don’t. There’s too much to do to take off and go shopping just because you’re in Jackson, you’ll miss most of the good stuff. It’s shouldn’t be about just grabbing a bunch of freebies and escaping to Northpark mall, there is a lot to be learned if only there were more time to do it.

  2. guoqiangcui says:

    I read the “Software for Starving Students” for quite a number of times when I trying to find some interesting topics to reply and I am glad that each time I view this presentation, I find that I know and I can use more software mentioned in it. Students no matter whether you are the IT field or some other majors all have to use those useful and necessary software to help with their study. I hope that teachers and students should be provided with more and more free and open software as long as they use them in the educational field because the software can greatly enhance the teaching and learning process and they all can reap so much from that.

    I also greatly enjoyed the “Learning literacies for the 21st century”, actually I attended the conference for the first time as a volunteer and really like the presentation made by David Warlick. He gave us a hint that what the future workplace would be like and how the technology changes our lives. Technology is developing in such a fast speed and it is changing our lives and learning styles in a way we can hardly imagine. Our future lives and learning styles will be so closely to the computers and related technology that it is hard to survive without certain computer literacy. Learning is a life long process and so is the computer skill and technology. I think all people no matter at what age group should be encouraged to upgrade their knowledge about the computer and internet. In this way, they can be more profited from that.

  3. Dane Conrad says:

    I think that it is great to be able to go back through a person’s blog and find events that you attended like they did and have your memories stirred. I remember MECA 2008 and it was a great year for MECA – one that saw it reach one of its greatest participant counts. This was the year that really solidified the need for moving to a larger facility, which, now a few years later, has us at the Jackson Convention Center.

    One of the parts of MECA that has been consistently good has been your presentations. I constantly hear attendees in the hallways or at booths talking about not only enjoying your presentations but also feeling as if they can go back to their classroom and use something immediately. I certainly appreciate the time that you put into the content that you share with teachers of our state.

    As Tim said, MECA has so much to offer that sometimes it is hard to see/hear everything that you want to – especially when mixing hands-on sessions and concurrent sessions. Having been on the board for several years now, there is always a tension that is a challenge to balance between offering as much as possible with enabling participants to attend as much as possible. Hopefully, the opportunities that the Jackson Convention Center offer will enable the board to better serve the participants.

    It does help when presenters load their presentations online like you have done in this case so that participants can “extend” MECA past the confines of the dates of the conference.

  4. I attended MECA for the first time this year and found it definitely worth my time! I like that you include a Slidecast for each of the presentations you made, which is especially helpful for professionals that are unable to attend that particular year. In addition, it is helpful for new teachers, like myself, who are able to review over presentations that have been done in the past.

    I enjoyed reading through the free tools presentation here. My students enjoy using Piknik, especially those who don’t have any sort of image editing software on their personal computers at home. Remember the Milk is an interesting application, not really for professional use in my case, but definitely for personal use—especially since it has an iPhone app! Apps that are available and spreading like wildfire through networks and on devices such as the iPhone and Blackberry are really revolutionizing the way we use these mobile devices. Having the capability of paying your electric/water bill through an app adds to the convenience of mobile devices and the concept of mass communication. It is interesting to watch apps like these evolve and ponder on the ways they will begin to change our lives in the future (professionally, personally, and educationally)!

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