Some procedural items from Day 1 at ASCD.
Firstly, wifi. What a shift from last year in New Orleans. In much the same light that I’ve been talking about the shift in what type of student I am, attendance at this conference is no different. Being able to broadcast out and pull in others to this conference is a huge upgrade.
Secondly, the conference center here in Orlando is enormous, almost too big for the amount of people that are here. Coming from much smaller conferences this year to this one is a little daunting. I’ve never been to NECC, but what I have read of those who did, it’s similar in scope. This year’s attendance at ASCD is (including exhibitors): 8,132 and total registration (minus exhibitors): 6,955, and it’s very roomy.
Thirdly, there is a Poland Spring Water cooler in every room, so you don’t have to fork out the $3.25 for a bottle of water or lug around a bottle from outside. I am big fan of being properly hydrated.
Lastly, the staff from ASCD are fantastic. Whether it was opening up media credentials to bloggers, giving access to presenters, the quality of presenters, or the scheduling of the presenters so that each session time slot has something to offer for nearly every interest, they have done an outstanding job.
Looking forward to what Day 2 will bring.