- quality of sessions - managing to not going to anything that I couldn't take something from
- organisation of whole thing - as ever and of course
- Seattle climate - I liked it cos it was like home (....bizarrely)
- coffee - 148 branches of Starbucks, 70+ branches of other coffee chains, 50+ independent coffee houses with free wifi - I think decaff is a state crime
- "going up the Hancock" - 94 floors in 45 seconds...whoosh!
- viewpoint in the Seattle Public Library - 10 floors up looking down into the attrium was really dizzying
Most used words:
"cloud" - just everywhere - as in "the softwares and applications that are in the cloud eg google apps, social software etc ie not hosted within the institution"
"authentic" - authentic learning, authentic tasks, authentic assessment, authentic resources, authentic diagnostics, authentic evaluation...you get the idea
"sorry, full" - people being turned away from parallel sessions because they were full, scary considering most break out rooms seated 200 people. The effect was that people went to sessions early encouraging more varied in-break conversations and once there very few people moved.
Least used words (as in not mentioned at all in any of the sessions I went to):
plagiarism, facebook, podcasting, Oblinger (....yes, really, that's pretty odd, considering)