Do you ever get the feeling after attending a conference you have just downloaded this huge file and then you need to process, or extract, all the information? Maybe it’s just me, but after talking to other educators, I feel like it might not just be me. The information overload can be overwhelming and dizziness almost, but the hope is when your PLN is also buzzing with ideas and bytes of processed information. That’s why the backchannel of a conference is so important. I suggest you always follow the backchannel, or if there isn’t a backchannel CREATE IT! Be the driving force to process, reflect, and lead sharing the information in byte-sized chunks.
Conferences are usually a way I energize myself through connecting with members of my PLN, collaborating, communicating, and learning from other talented and passionate educators. AETC, the Alabama Educational Technology Conference, is one that has been a favorite of mine since 2011. I have met some of my most inspiring PLN besties through AETC, and I continue to be amazed at the ideas shared among the talented Alabama educators passionate about educational technology. I wanted to “download” all the ideas I presented and learned from attending AETC:
Sessions I presented: (Links to presentation information included)
Increase Student Engagement with Flipgrid, Nearpod & Edpuzzle
Facilitating the 4 C’s
Impromptu Session Presented:
*When you think you won’t be challenged or stretched during a conference, the opportunity presents itself to collaboratively present a 1.5 hour BYOD session on Chromebooks with about 5 minutes to prep for a presenter who didn’t show up!*
Workshop: 315ThA 1 1/2 Hour chromebooks: incorporating Google Docs, forms, Slides, classroom, and Drive Within A classroom Setting 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. BYOD
What I learned the most: Collaboration is AWESOME. You can lean on each other and learn from each other in the midst of a session you are collaboratively presenting. Working with someone who I had just met the night before with a quick introduction and then remeeting in the hall when asked to present in the place of the MIA presenter. Building that relationship through collaboration was almost the most helpful thing I did all 3 days of the conference!
What I learned from AETC:
I learned so much from so many more educators this conference, but I wanted to make this post as concise as possible!
About the Blogger
Cristin M. Dillard is a serving as the Education Specialist for Library Media at the Alabama State Department of Education.
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