Okay, ya'll, it's SHOWTIME! I suggest you print this for your conference bag or copy to your phone or handheld device for ready reference.

First of all, thank you so very much for committing to help at the Playground. We value our on-site Poobahs and our in-world Docent Volunteers beyond words. And thank you for your continued flexibility. We are certain that at some point(s) the best laid plans will go awry, and we thank you in advance for our shared fundamental belief that all of us will do the best we can to imagine, nurture, and provide the most positive educational experience we can through goings-on at the NECC09 Second Life Playground!

We will make ourselves as available as possible. Lisa's cell is 760-805-3985 and Scott's cell is 615-335-5048. Feel free to leave voice mail if we don't pick up. Lisa's email is mrslisalinn@yahoo.com and Scott's is scott@scottmerrick.net. DMs (only) to @ClareLane or @scottmerrick on Twitter will go directly to us on our cells.

The Rosetta Stone for the schedule is here on the wiki. That's good for both Inworld and Onsite volunteers.
One Supreme Poobah has been designated as "in charge" of each RL shift, the ones in
PURPLE. That is because we are all most helpful people, and for the purposes of the SLPg, we need to designate just one individual as the lead contact for troubleshooting with the ISTE shirted walkie-talkie carriers. Last year it got a bit confusing with multiple people trying to troubleshoot the same problem with different ISTE workers. One would have one perspective of the issue, another another, and they would each have more or less detail. If there's a problem, please communicate with the icP, the in charge Poobah" and she or he will work with ISTE to rectify it. If scheduled Poobahs wish to reassign the role of "icP" to a different scheduled Poobah, that's perfectly fine as long as there is unanimous agreement amongst all concerned.
This year, perhaps more than ever, security is an issue. The icP will have security contact information and directions about under what circumstance reportage is necessary.

The SLPg is LOADED with technology: 6 Macbook Pros, 3 high end HP laptops, 1 more HP for looping clips of Eduverse Talks shows on one of the back wall's 25 inch eternal monitors, for the HPs Loads of high-end Humanware!

If you imagine a large open room that's a tall rectangle, the top right corner is the Lounge presentation area with large screen and stools scattered about, the top left is ISTEVisions online interaction station with headsets. The presentation area is to have audio only from computer speakers, if amplification starts impacting presentations in rooms across the hall we may need to curtail amplified audio and work a plan B. Suggestions are welcome.

  • Tables along the east wall will offer stations for signing up new folks and doing demos one-to-one or one to several.
  • At the bottom (south) wall a plasma screen will show schedules and other information.
  • The Playground will have its own dedicated wireless connection. We will also likely be at least on occasion streaming live into ISTE Island, courtesy of a streaming server.

There is a Second Life Volunteer (Docents and Playground volunteers only--please don't broadcast this invite!) at 4 pm Sunday prior to the 5:30 Keynote address (please see below). We expect that you will attend for final instructions and to pick up your SL photo badge and Poobah ribbon --they'll be with us at the party or afterwards in the Playground. That should be a nice conversation starter, eh?

Kick off NECC by joining us for a gathering of old friends and new! Come meet your fellow ISTE Docents and SLPlayground Volunteers in REAL LIFE! Coney Island Hot Dogs, pretzels, peanuts, cracker jack, lemonade and iced tea will be served. It’s sure to be a home run!!

What: Second Life Playground Volunteers and Docents Meetup
When: Sunday, June 28, 4:00-5:30 pm (right before the Opening Keynote)
Where: WWCC Room, 145A