EdubloggerCon 2009 Reflections

Last year I was pretty critical of EduBloggerCon. For me it was too big, too scripted, and…well…you can read the post. This year….smaller, deeper, and more thoughtful. Exactly what I was hoping for and personally what I need to push my own thinking. It was one of those days where you went to one but watch others via Twitter. You wanted to go to all the sessions…and in some ways you did via the conversations that happened between the actual sessions. Last year I said it was too big…around 250 people. This year around 75 people….not a bad size. Last year it was to scripted….this year it was flexible, adaptable, and conversation based. Not adaptable enough for my taste but that was due more to the people that went than the organization of the sessions. With empty sessions all over the wiki, nobody should complain that the conversation wasn’t what they needed. If you wanted a conversation the spots were available to put up a topic. I did just that wanting to discuss the changes that are happening with blogging because of Twitter and this whole “live stream” service (more on that later). So….here are my take aways from EduBloggerCon 2009 Best Practice of PD (My live notes)A great session that had a group of about 30 break into smaller groups, discuss ideas on what worked at our schools and then came back together to share as a group. We came to the same conclusions that it seems we always end up at: Getting administrators on board is key You have to meet teacher where they are There are different approaches, no one right model/way to shift teachers Change is hard Change is frustrating Build Your Own Tool (My notes)A great session that allowed us all to dream about the tool we would create if we had a coder. That’s exactly what Mark Wagner wanted out of the session and has had success with when he rents a coder to create applications for him. Where School Reform Meets Madonna:This session was too deep for me to even take notes on….I was too busy thinking about the conversation that was going on. It was a great intense hour with one liners that filled twitter faster than any single one person could type. My take away….or just good reminder…came from Scott McLeod when he reminded me that kids that are 14,15,16...

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