A few days (more than a week, now), I was lurking on twitter when an interesting hashtag, back channel came up: #NotAtISTE. Since I was obviously not at ISTE, this year, I jumped in and connected with many educators around the US and Canada around personal professional learning (PPL) and technology. The power of twitter still makes me look in awe at the connections around the world that can happen. Talking about technology in the classroom, gamification, and summer reading with other educators around the world creates the opportunities to increase my own understanding (I believe that education, in a way, is selfish on a personal level, but social on a global scale).
But this doesn’t explain why I was not at ISTE….the cost to fly to San Antonio (been there for an ASCD conferece, it’s spectacular and historic), stay in a hotel and fly home is getting beyond my PPL budget. There are too many conferences I want to attend and I need to be selective of the ones I go in person. Twitter and my PLN enable met to attend the conferences ‘virtually’ and connect in real time with those in the conference (or in the case of #NotAtISTE, those missing the conference).
My summer will now be all about setting up the opportunity for other educators (especially around BC) to connect, refresh and renew their enthusiasm for education. Learn new ideas, share the amazing things that they have done in the classroom. The connections I’ve made by #NotAtISTE, are going to push me further in my own learning and development.
On that note, I am looking forward to working with @MsVictoriaOlson to set up a #BCEDChat this summer. I hope to connect with many more educators throughout the summer and come back recharged in the Fall.