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Connecting Online—Before, During, and After the 2009 NWP Annual Meeting

Conferences aren't just live events anymore, so we invite you to use Web 2.0 tools to post your photos, movies, blog posts, tweets, and other online resources that are relevant to this year's NWP Annual Meeting.

Wireless Internet access will be available free of cost on Thursday and Friday at NWP Central.

Tag the Annual Meeting

To make sure that your content is accessible to all writing project colleagues, be sure to add the official meeting tag to your content: nwpam09.

Tags—key words that you assign to content—are used in most social networking and online publishing tools as a way to help people find content, connect with others who have similar interests, and enable collaboration.

Here are specific ways to use the nwpam09 tag to share and find content related to the Annual Meeting.


Blog the Meeting

If you are blogging the conference, tag your post nwpam09 so that it will show up on the Google Blog search on nwpam09.

If you plan to blog the meeting, please sign up to share your url so that your writing project colleagures can read your posts.


Tweet the Meeting

During the conference, you can use Twitter to provide short snippets, like tiny blog posts, of relevant things you are hearing, or your thoughts on workshops and sessions. Add the hashtag #nwpam09 inline to your post so that all Annual Meeting posts will be grouped on Twitter. We plan to aggregate all tweets for display at the meeting, but you can also browse all nwpam09 tweets. Also, if you are a Twitter user, then follow us.

If you plan to tweet the meeting, please sign up to share your url so that your writing project colleagures can read your posts.


Share Conference Photos

All meeting participants who plan to take their digital cameras and snap photos are invited to post them on Flickr using the nwpam09 tag. After the meeting, browse photos tagged nwpam09.


Join the Discussion

The NWP Site Leaders Ning, a virtual space for networking, sharing resources, and engaging in ongoing conversations, is open to directors, co-directors, and teacher-consultants involved in leadership at any site. To join, follow the "sign up" link at the top right of the NWP Site Leaders Ning homepage.

The Tech Friends Ning is an informal social network space for technology-minded educators within the National Writing Project. It provides a forum for the sharing of ideas as well as digital materials like photos and videos.

Also, be sure to share your perspectives on NWP's Facebook fan page.


Geotag Yourself

Learn more about who is coming to the meeting and find people with similar interests by adding yourself to the NWP 2009 Annual Meeting Google Map.

When you visit the map, log in to Google and use the Edit button to mark your geographic location and provide any other information you wish to share. Feel free to add some words about yourself or post a photo. Learn more about how to geotag yourself with Google Maps.


Film the Meeting

NWP will post videos of General Session presenters as we do each year, but we want to see your videos as well. Tag them on YouTube with nwpam09 so that they will be easy to find after the meeting via a YouTube search on nwpam09.


Share Slides and PDFs

If you have a relevant PowerPoint presentation or PDF to share, post it on Slideshare and tag it nwpam09. After the meeting, browse the nwpam09 presentations.


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