I presented at three different sessions. One was a 3-hour pre-conference session which I co-presented with another Vermont technology integration specialist. We worked with the attendees on using the Vermont Tech Grade Expectations (our state standards) as well as the Transformation and Technology Scenarios. It was an engaging discussion with fabulous educators.
The next morning I shared a presentation of how Google apps are being used at the elementary level in Vermont. Many others contributed to this presentation, both in person and virtually. I can’t thank them enough for that. It was a clear illustration of how our work CAN be done with our younger students. This session was a truly collaborative effort.
And on the last day, I shared information about how I have built my PLN (Personal Learning Network). It was fun to share how my network on Twitter has helped me grow and learn, as well as amazing other networks like the Educator’s PLN and Diigo, to name a few. I think perhaps a few educators in the room may have been encouraged to build upon their own PLNs.
It was also extremely special to have 6 of the educators from my school also present. Their topics ranged greatly, from technology in kindergarten, to podcasting, powerful searches, and reflective middle school reporting and assessment. They are all very talented and innovative teachers.
Overall, the conference was terrific. Some of my peers with whom I’ve worked were recognized for their amazing contributions to our field. I met, face to face, Twitter friends from within Vermont. I collaborated, felt connected and inspired, I learned from others and hopefully helped others learn.
Thank you Vita-Learn, for the opportunity to be a part of this community.