Sunday, April 22, 2007

Kid's and the Tech Room!

As LLL Leaders, we know that it is important that mothers and babies are welcome. Our meetings and conferences are designed in a way that babies, toddlers and older children, whether nursing or not, are always welcome.

This year, I am working on trying to figure out ways that will make the technology room not only inviting for parents with children in tow, but safe for all involved. If other children are anything like mine, the 15 month old wants to bang on the computer, unplug cords, and even tries to eat the mouse. Instead of trying to keep the kids from hurting the equipment just by saying no, we are planning to set up a Kid Zone geared to little ones. We are hoping to provide two computer stations geared towards children in the Kid Zone.

While the Kid Zone won't be as exciting as the playroom, it will be an area set aside to help parents meet the needs of our younger attendees while still accessing the benefits of the tech room themselves.

I look forward to sharing more as the plans continue to come together.

P.S. Watch for my son Valen, the youngest tech room volunteer. He'll be 18 months old at the conference.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Technology Room Layout

This week I worked on the Tech Room's layout. The hotel has software that you can download and then it's fairly easy to add tables, chairs, etc. to your layout, moving them around however you like.

The hardest part about this for me was that the room is so large! I looked at the layout from the 2005 conference and noticed that this time the room is over twice as big as last time. What to do with all that space? I'm sure we'll be able to use it all up just fine. :)

The whole Tech Room Team gave me feedback about the layout and I made this area larger, that area smaller, moved those tables over there. I think we did a good job. I've submitted the layout and also our room needs (equipment and furniture) to the International Conference Team. Hopefully we'll be able to get everything we asked for!


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Tech Room Plans Are Underway!

The 2007 La Leche League International (LLLI) Conference Technology Room Team is busy planning lots of interesting and fun activities for our "virtual" LLLI Conference.

Here are some of the things you can look forward to seeing:

In addition to this Tech Room blog, we will be posting the blogs of a variety of LLLI Conference attendees who have been recruited to share their Conference experiences with the LLLI community. Virtual Conference attendees can enjoy and comment on the bloggers' personal stories.

We are also planning to have podcast interviews with some of our Conference speakers. Podcasts are recordings that are uploaded to the World Wide Web in MP3 format, a common type of file that is playable on most personal computers, as well as on portable listening devices such as iPods and the like.

We are in the process of contacting speakers to participate in both the podcast interviews and in online chats. Anyone will be able to participate in these chats by requesting a chat invitation from the LLL chat moderator. It will give us all an opportunity to ask questions and interact with some of our outstanding Conference speakers.

We are very excited about the Conference and the Tech Room and hope you will stop in and visit us at the Conference, if you are attending.

If you won't be in Chicago this summer, make sure to check out this blog and the LLLI Conference 2007 Technology Room webpage, coming soon.