It’s been an amazing summer here in Seattle. Amazing in the fact that we haven’t had much rain at all and set all kinds of records for temperature and days above 80(F) degrees.
As great as this summer has been weather wise, it’s the things going on behind the scenes specifically with Learning2 that excite me the most.
Learning2, the little technology conference started in 2007 by four educators and a committee of passionate educators has grown up.
This summer has been a learning curve for all of us at Learning2 as we worked our way through the paperwork and organization of taking this conference global and turning it into a Not-For Profit (NFP) company.
I’m proud to say that Learning2 is officially a 501(c)3 corporation with a mission to:
“Innovate social learning globally”
With Learning2 becoming it’s own NFP it has given us the opportunity to create a board and hire staff in order to expand.
This coming school year we will be running three conferences:
That’s a great start for our first year as a NFP and we’re already looking ahead to the 16-17 school year and starting to have conversations with schools in the Middle East and South America.
If you haven’t had a chance to attend a Learning2 Conference I highly recommend it. I present at a lot of conferences around the world and still to this day have not come across a conference that puts social learning first and foremost. A conference that makes the presenters (all hand picked by the committee) to push themselves out of their own comfort zone and do Learn2Talks like this and this.
The conference schedule includes 3 hour long Extended Sessions as well as time to just talk and be social with others in your grade level or department. It’s a conference that understands that learning happens through social interactions and so the entire conference is created putting those interactions first.
Although Learning2 started out as a technology conference it has become a Learning and Innovation conference. We now have strands that have nothing to do with technology, technology is very rarely the focus of any of the learning and instead the focus has shifted to what learning should look like in 2015. What we can do when we have every student connected, and how we need to teach differently to this generation.
I hope you can join us this year at one of the conferences. I can’t capture the conference atmosphere into words, you have to just experience it. If you have been to a Learning2 conference in the past how would you describe your learning experience and the conference atmosphere?