In just two weeks, BbWorld ’07 will begin in Boston. Each year a group of Blackboard client institutions participates in the annual users conference as co-hosts. This year two higher ed institutions and one K-12 school are involved: Framingham State College, Phillips Academy Andover and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Representatives from these schools recently compiled for conference attendees a helpful and humorous list of sites to visit and activities to do in Boston. So, with a drum roll, please, I present the Boston Host Committee’s . . .
Top Five Reasons Why Boston Is the Place for BbWorld ’07!
#5 – The most colleges and universities per square mile
Where else can you paak your caa’ in Haavad Yaad? Or, in other words . . . Park your car in Harvard Yard. Be sure to read the “Wicked Good Guide to Boston English” to learn to speak like a Boston native before the conference!
#4 – The arts, museums and sculpture
From the Museum of Fine Arts (the MFA) to the Museum of Bad Art (the MOBA), experience the best of both high and low culture in the Boston area. Also, visit the Museum of Science and stop at the Boston Public Garden to see a sculpture honoring Robert McCloskey’s 1942 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, which made the beautiful park familiar to children around the world.
#3 – More history than Paul Revere could ever warn you about
During a break between BbWorld sessions, explore the Freedom Trail—a 2.5-mile, red-brick walking trail that begins in Boston Common and passes 16 nationally significant historical sites, including Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church and Bunker Hill.
#2 – The Sox at historic Fenway Park
After BbWorld catch a game at Fenway Park, where the American League East-leading Red Sox (oh, yeah!) are scheduled to play the Toronto Blue Jays. Going rate for a ticket is only about $200, plus your first born! Oh, and don’t even think about wearing that Yankees gear, or you take your life into your own hands.
#1 – Lunch! Dinner! Dessert!
Don’t miss the great restaurants in Boston, from a Chinese, Japanese or Vietnamese meal in Chinatown to the lobster, pasta, and Italian pastries and gelato in the North End. And did we mention the city’s wicked good chowdaa?
These top five reasons to visit Boston and attend BbWorld ’07 were difficult for our client hosts to choose from the long list they compiled, so they also quickly plugged the fantastic shopping on Newbury Street, riding “The T” (Boston’s subway system) and being yelled at by one of Boston’s beloved, crazy drivers!
The BbWorld ’07 Boston Host Committee includes:
Framingham State College
Andrea Pickles, Director of Academic Technology Training Support
Robin S. Robinson, Director Distance Education
Phillips Academy Andover
Valerie A. Roman, Director of Technology, Phillips Academy Andover
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Copper Giloth, Director, Academic Computing
Doris Peterson, System Administrator