Now what?

I’m sitting in the Philly airport with about 40 minutes left on battery. My brain is overflowing with thoughts and ideas that I’ve taken away from EduCon 2.0. Though I still need time for reflection, I have four main takeaways from Philly:

1. The students: What ever we do, it’s got to be about the students. We need to listen to them, have conversations with them, and help them develop. That work was quite evident at SLA. I was amazed at the number of students that took part in the weekend – SLA students “worked” all weekend manning video cameras, taking part in the sessions, setting up lunch, keeping us full of coffee and donuts, and more. When they were called randomly for their input, they gladly (and comfortably) gave it. You could tell that they felt part of the culture of the school and they were proud of it. (Nice work Chris and all the SLA teachers).

2. Keep having the conversations: We are all agents of change and we need to engage with others in our schools in conversations about teaching. Change will not happen quickly (probably slower than we wish), but it will not happen if we don’t keep talking the talk and walking the walk.

3. F2f conferences are necessary for re-energizing: EduCon2.0 came at the right point in the year for me. I was a little worn down and frustrated from the lack of adoption or even the lack of interest in adopting new tools by some teachers in our school. Going to EduCon2.0 pumped me back up again, gave me renewed hope, and a confirmation that what I am doing is not only important and worthwhile, but also necessary.

These are all thoughts I want to expand on later, but I wanted to get this on “paper” before my flight home.

Thanks again to Chris and company for all of their work on this wonderful conference.

3 thoughts on “Now what?

  1. Mr. Chase

    I agree with all your points above. That’s often the case in this network, isn’t it?
    Thank you for the kind words about our school. It’s nice to hear new voices encouraging us to do better work.
    The last session I facilitated with Kristin Hokanson was all about creating an action plan to get the network moving in a direction of acting on all of the things we have been talking about for so long. I’ll be blogging about it soon, as soon as I get my thoughts sorted out. If you want an idea of what we discussed, it’s mapped out here:
    Thank you for making me think. I look forward to connecting with you.

  2. plennig Post author

    thanks for the link, Zac – and I’ll be keeping an eye out for your post. There are so many posts to catch up on. Hope you all are getting some rest and take care.

  3. Seth

    Page, I am just wondering what the “change” is that we want to have happen? I realize that people are slow to accept technology (or change in general), but what exactly is it that we want them to accept? It would be great if we could we understand what students and teachers are struggling with the most. What was the conference like? What do you see as the future of technology at Waynflete?


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