So I have to thank MassCUE and the TGL2 Conference for inspiring me to make a fresh start.
Now that I have had the opporunity and honor to attend 3 educational technology conferences and present at 2 within the past 6 months, I have some reflections.
- Presenter & Attendee: I learn just as much as a presenter as I do as an attendee at ed-tech conferences. (But being a presenter makes the whole event a bit more stressful.) You can check out my presentation if you click here. I will post more about it soon!
- Idea Versus Reality: I leave conferences with a lot of energy and ideas. I use some of them right away and they stick with me. Other ideas, especially those that involve my desire to get more of my colleagues excited about how Web 2.0 can enhance their students' learning, tend to fizzle. It isn't that I don't have high hopes for these changes in our schools, I just wish that they could happen faster.
- How Lucky Am I?: Interacting with teachers from other districts reminds me of how incredibly lucky I am to work in a place that makes 21st Century skills and technology integration a priority. (Anecdotal Evidence: When I mentioned that my district allows Facebook and YouTube access on school computers, other teachers and administrators reacted in horror. We USE these in our classrooms to teach our content and 21st Century skills. If we aren't teaching kids how to utilize social media properly, who is?)
I often find I leave with more questions than answers, but I suppose that is what learning is all about.
For those of you who went to MassCUE, or any other education technology conference for that matter, within the past couple of months... what questions or realizations have come from them?