The morning started with a session by Chris Dede of the Harvard Graduate School of Education entitled "NeoMillennial Learning Styles: Emerging Educational Technologies, Distributed Learning Communities". While this presentation touched on the same themes covered by Bill Daggart and David Warlick, it did so in the dry pedantic style one might expect from a Harvard professor. I’m beginning to wonder how many times one can hear the same message.
One good point that Dede made was that the terms "online learning" and "distance learning" are quickly becoming archaic. For example, a child doesn’t think "Now I’m talking to my friend face-to-face" or "Now I’m talking to my friend online". It’s just, "Now I’m talking to my friend." The same should be said of learning.
A quick turn through the vendors (once again) and it was back to the sessions. My second session was on the vulnerability of MS Windows and the methods hackers use to attack systems. It was by far the geekiest of the presentations I have attended today. There was some very good information, but it was stuff I had hear before.