EARCOS Admin – All over but the flight

I fly out tomorrow back to Shanghai and join the rest of the ‘real world’ back in the daily grind. It was a great experience presenting at my first administrators conference. I have to say how impressed I have been with the turn out at all of my sessions. I was hoping praying that I would have at least one person show up to my sessions. I mean here I am at an administrators conference competing against sessions like: The Tao of Educational LeadershipBecoming Empowered by DoingJust ListenHigh Trust Leadership Skills that Put Vision into Action I am at a conference geared towards administrators talking about how online Professional Development has changed? It should have been a tough draw…but it wasn’t. What really surprised me…and I mean really blew my socks off was that this morning I was presenting at the same time as former Gov. of Maine Angus King. To make matters worse he was presenting right next door and he had just given a 15 minute into during the keynote. Part of me was wishing I had at least one person show up, another part of me hoping that nobody would show up so I could go to Angus King’s session (My one regret from the conference is not meeting him). I was blown away by the fact that on the last day of the conference for my last of six sessions I still had over 20 people join me to learn about RSS feeds and how administrators and teachers could use them in their own professional development. I was complete blown away by the level of engagement by the administrators. Today’s session was by far the worse with my computer crashing (sorry for those watching on ustream.tv). But they were OK with that, in fact one principal who had come to two of my other sessions spoke up and said “Thank god it happens to you too!” We had a good laugh and later on the same principal came up to me and said “You handled that so well.” I just looked at her and said “Yeah, we all have our days…today was mine to fail…and that’s OK!” Technology is not perfect, I never pretend it is and there are days when it gets the better of us…today was my day. I did recover the best I could and we ended on a positive note with...

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EARCOS Admin Conference

After a great flight down from Shanghai today I find myself preparing for 4 presentations in 3 days. You can bet I’ll be calling on my network of educators throughout the week. So don’t be surprised if I Skype ya, ask you to join me in WizIQ or Elluminate or ask to have a twit shout out to Administrators from around the Asian region. My hope is that there will be wireless available for the participants and they can interact as well. Even though this conference is not a technology conference, it surprised me that any conference today would not provide wireless access to the participants. We talk about students having to disconnect when they come to school and walk into our classrooms. What about teachers at conferences? I saw many administrators walking around with computer bags today while I was checking in, so they brought their computers here to take notes, etc. But we need to start opening up and allowing them to connect during these conferences. I don’t care if it’s a Math conference, Language Arts Conference, or Administrators Conference. Not allowing people to connect, to form networks, to experience learning in this new age is not doing any of us any good. I’m also planning to use Ustream.TV to broadcast all my presentations. Tomorrow I’ll check out the bandwidth in the room I’ll be presenting in to make sure it works. If so I’ll embed the video here for all to watch. [tags]EARCOSadmin07[/tags] Technorati Tags:...

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