As most of you know I have been in San Antonio this last week at the International Society for Technology in Education 2013 conference. I presented a poster session on Sunday evening, along with two other blogging teachers and two Edublogs employees, about the student blogging challenge which I run every March and September. Over 200 people visited our booth to talk to us, but we had a very loud Mexican band also playing in the mezzanine area, so it was very hard to be heard unless we were speaking one to one with people. We also had TimTams and Caramello Koalas for the people to eat and a business card for them to take away.
But it was also a chance for me to meet face to face with people I only know from twitter or blogging. I met lots of new people who I added to my twitter lists but the whole conference was always noisy with attendees chatting together in the lounges. There was over 15,000 teachers and administrators from all around the world at the conference.
I also got the chance to attend lots of sessions on hundreds of topics relating to computers in schools. My friends and I would often go to different session then share each others notes – collaboration of a kind. I will be writing a couple more posts on these especially great websites mentioned in talks and apps for the ipad that were also recommended.
At these big conferences there are also lots of sponsors and companies which exhibit their goods and try to convince you to use their product. It took me a day and a half to walk through all these booths, leave raffle ticket draws at some of them, attend sessions run by the companies and pick up brochures and business cards. Once I have checked out the websites of these companies I will also be writing a post about these.
So the conference has now finished and the final keynote speaker Adam Bellow, had these words of wisdom to those in the audience:
Learning and doing something awesome without sharing is selfish.
It’s not about the technology, it’s about us and the connections that we make.
Acknowledge your challenges, and then see them as opportunities.
If you don’t think you can, you’re not willing to.
Explore. Share. Contribute.