ITEC 2015 has come to a close, and once again I was able to walk away with some great takeaways and great connections. I wanted to share a few with you!
- Breakout EDU. ITEC offered several BreakoutEdu opportunities over the course of the conference this year, and it was super fun. I didn’t actually participate until our statewide tech meeting after the conference, but problem solving + team work + learning = lots of hands-on fun! I hope more schools will explore what these problem solving activities could do for their kids – and maybe even write some of their own scenarios!
- The IGNITE session this year was new, and participating was a blast. I really hope the board will continue this presentation style. I love the opportunity to hear short but powerful presentations. I feel like I learn so much in such a short period of time!
- The role of the conference attendee is evolving – I went to more hands-on sessions that wanted audience conversation and participation this year than I have in the past.
- I learn so much from prepping new presentations! This year I had 3 presentations, 2 that I had done before (although one I completely redesigned) and one that I had not. The learner in me loved every second of prepping the new material, even if it can be stressful during a busy week! Make sure you continue to push yourself and not get stuck in what’s expected or easy.
- My Voxer network expanded significantly this week! It probably helped that I did a session on Voxer, but I am so looking forward to connecting with a bunch of new educators! Of course it’s not just on Voxer, I met several new people face to face that I can’t wait to collaborate and learn with.
- Ramsey Musallam‘s keynote was epic. His talk about the role of the teacher in a student’s education as compared to the role of the mentor in a hero’s journey in literature really helped me create a new visualization of the role of the educator, and I think a lot of people were hooked by his ideas about curiosity and the role an information gap can play in the classroom.