The centerpiece of the virtual conference experience for the 2009 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference is the ning http://ncte2008.ning.com/ with 3558 members today. This is free and open to members and non-members alike. It even collects your twitter address in the setup; although, it doesn’t seem that the 140 character updates in the ning are feeding into twitter – what if it did and added hash tags?
Twitter users have been sorting out what the “official” hash tag will be and it looks like most will go with #ncte2009. #ncte09 or #ncte will be used too. NCTE used Twitter to promote the National Day of Writing with http://twitter.com/dayonwriting and garnered over 800 followers but only followed 1 thus missing out on the two flow of communication.
The NCTE Publications twitter is http://twitter.com/NCTE_Pubs.
Expanded online version of the conference program preview.
Searchable program http://www1.ncte.org/proposals/annual101/scheduler/default.aspx?return=true
It appears I will be able to catch glimpses of things from NCTE2009. The ning will be especially dynamic if session presenters and attendees post videos, slides, podcasts, and blog. A few presenters have posted resources.
Now I need to figure out how to contribute to the conference and not just receive the feed.