This Spring Break is the first one that I have not attended a conference in person. Usually I attend the ASCD annual conference over Spring Break (I’ve been to the last 5 conferences), but this break, I decided to stay at home and enjoy our unseasonable spring weather in winter.
I don’t like not doing something. Last week, I went in to the school three of the first five days of our two week break. It gave me a chance to clean up my office, do some of that paperwork that shouldn’t be done during class time and connect with the staff that are not on a break. But I can’t keep going into the school, so I have moved to twitter and Google + to see what my PLN is doing this March.
I’ve followed the #ULead conference happening now in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the #SXSW2015 conference in Austin, Texas, and have just started following along with the #TED2015 talks happening in Vancouver.
Along with learning from those great educators attending these amazing learning opportunities, I have also been experimenting with video and posters. The above video is the sun rise this morning (March 16th, 2015) from my deck done through the time-lapse option on my iPhone. I have also jumped into many different chats happening across most times during the day that I don’t normally have access to.
I have also explored what some of my best PLN members are doing (like Rik Rowe, @WHSRowe, and his amazing work with his honours mathematics class using Trello).
I guess I am missing the face-to-face of the conferences, but I have not missed the learning. Being connected means that you are never truly alone and there is so much going on out there. Learning has moved away from scheduled appointments (like classes) to anytime/anywhere learning. I liken it to just in time learning.
Have a great break and, please, if you are learning something, please share.