It has now been a few days to reflect, read blogs and collect my own thoughts on EduCon 2.3. As stated in George Couros’ blog post, I, as well, left EduCon feeling exhilarated yet not wanting to run back to my school to implement immediate change. Why? If a conference is so positive why not implement the great ideas shared? Simple. We are currently on the road reshaping our education!
Four Takeaways from EduCon 2.3:
The last session I attended summed up my thoughts on what we need to do, share! Alec Couros and Dean Shareski led a discussion on “The Ethical Obligation to Teach, Learn & Share Globally.” Given our technological advances the ability to share resources, knowledge and experiences among students, teachers and administrators is no longer a question. It will only benefit the learning of our students each day as they enter our learning environments. As well, in the session the discussion also touched on Creative Commons and licensing your work for proper attribution.
The challenge in attending a great conference, like EduCon, is there are so many interesting conversations with only limited time. I attended the conference with two other educators, Dana Patterson and Renee Greeley, both of Upper Darby School District. In advance of the conference we discussed this dilemma. Our solution, create a collaborative document to save our notes from the various conversations. During the conference I received a Tweets from Philip Cummings, John Carver and Deron Durflinger requesting access to the notes. Philip was attending the conference while John and Deron were watching the EduCon hashtag. While the notes were not extensive, we were able to collect important sites, resources and a general feel of the conversations we were not able to attend. Given the importance of Sharing and Collaborating, here are our notes if you care to view summaries of various conversations.
Be Educational Leaders, Regardless of Hierarchy:
The opening Sunday session I attended was hosted by George Couros and Patrick Larkin. The intent of the conversation was to ask for assistance. George and Patrick understand the importance of connections among educators, yet also understand the resistance on behalf of many administrators. During the conversation, Patrick made a great point (I paraphrase) …Many times in education it is often explained as “us” vs. “them” (administrators vs. teachers), but we need to realize we are in education together and we must all be Educational Leaders.
We cannot forget why we are all in education, the students!
Importance of a PLN:
The top take away from EduCon 2.3 consists of the deep connections I have made with members of my PLN. I am extremely fortunate to have a wide array of educators from whom I am able to ask question, solicits recommendations, push my thinking and even talk sports. EduCon allowed me to meet many members of my PLN face to face for the first time. I was greeted with a big hug from Patrick Larkin! Patrick and I have Skyped many times this year discussing our schools’ shift to a 1:1 environment and our Web 2.0/PLN class. During the weekend I was able to meet for the first time face-to-face Lyn Hilt, Tony Baldasaro George Couros, Alec Couros, Philip Cummings, Amanda Dykes, Gwyneth Jones, Tim Gwynn, Michelle Baldwin, Cory Plough, Beth Still, Pete Rodrigues, Kristina Peters, Jamie Josephson, Nick Provenzano, and Yoon Soo Lim. While these names are only a few I also had a tremendous opportunity to deepen connections with members of my PLN whom I have been fortunate to interact with over the past year.
In a simple statement, my PLN pushes my thinking; they improve me!
A “Thank You” must go out to Chris Lehmann and all the students and teachers at SLA for a great experience, once again!!