Ramblings of a Digital Educator

February 23, 2008

FOSSED registrations and planning underway!

Filed under: General Blogging — dtrask @ 11:45 pm

For lots of information about the FOSSED (Free & Open Source Software in Education) conference…visit the FOSSED site

Finally!  I just finished a major project at another school and finally have some time to “come up for air”.  Springtime is just around the corner and that means it’s time to get ready for another great FOSSED conference!  I’m actually really excited as I feel I have a really good handle on some things this year that have given me trouble in the past.  One of those things is the registration process.  I have switched to a fantastic Web 2.0 solution some of you may be familiar with…Zoho Creator.  The solution we had in the past worked well, but it was a bit cumbersome for me and very susceptible to SPAM.  We had a lot of Russians who registered for the FOSSED conference last year and still are  😉  (in other words Russian SPAM sites…etc.)  You’ll notice that I’ve added a “Captcha” (the little picture with letters and numbers you have to enter) to the registration process just before you submit to verify that you are indeed…human.  I’m also excited about our new location!  We have decided to move our second FOSSED conference location from UNH to The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA.  The reasons are many, but suffice it to say…keeping the price reasonable was a large factor.  We’re excited as we feel The Governor’s Academy will generate much of the same type of atmosphere we have at Gould Academy every June.  The good news is that it’s only about 10-15 miles difference from the distance to UNH…for many of us… it’s a straight shot on the interstate.  I’m hopeful that in addition to our colleagues from New Hampshire that we’ll also have many folks from Massachusetts and beyond. 

Well that’s it for now.  I gotta’ get up early in the morning and hit the slopes!  Headed to Saddleback for what I hope will be a fantastic day of skiing.  Check out the links above with regard to sending us session ideas!  We need your input!  After all, it’s YOUR conference!  Wanna’ present or teach a session?  Let me know!  copperdoggy@gmail.com

Looking forward to another great year!

David

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