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Super grateful to my PLN after #NYCIST two weeks ago, #NAISac14 last week, and #GoogleGlass convos this week…

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Two weeks ago, I attended the February meeting of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists (NYCIST). We meet monthly face-to-face and for an annual conference at Mohonk Mountain House. This year’s Mohonk experience was especially community-building after a norovirus plagued many of us and inspired the hashtag, #Mochunk. It was awesome to gather at Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School (the host for last month’s meeting) and get a demo of Kandu from one of the creators. Equally awesome was to continue the discussion at a local watering hole afterwards. NYCIST was my first Personal/Professional/Personalized Learning Network (PLN), and the conversation, collaborating, and camaraderie from the group has proven to be invaluable over the years.

LadiesAt the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference last week, I was honored to be chosen to co-present with amazing ladies I met via Twitter and face-to-face conferences. I knew Liz Davis (@LizBDavis) before I met her at a NYSAIS Education and Information Technology (NEIT) conference in like 2007. Hadley Ferguson (@HadleyJF) and Kim Sivick (@KSivick) were also people I knew via Twitter before I first met them in person at EdcampPhilly in 2010. I’ve since seen them online and in person many times, and it was a pleasure to talk about our own professional development and growth to two really nice audiences at NAIS in Orlando.

photo 1This week, I led two conversations at The School at Columbia University about GoogleGlass and wearable technologies. The first was for parents as part of the monthly TechTuesdays series I launched last year in order to build community and a common vocabulary between the Technology Department, the faculty, and the parents. For this month’s parent talk, I invited Rachel Klem (@Klemify), music teacher here at The School, and A.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs), prolific and witty writer/author, to facilitate a discussion about their experiences with GoogleGlass. I was so glad to see a large turnout and hear lots of questions and anecdotes shared. I gathered resources on a GoogleDoc linked here: http://tinyurl.com/TechTuesdaysTSC

This afternoon, Rachel and I hosted another conversation for educators and technologists as part of an ongoing series of grassroots Professional Development (PD) afternoon offerings for our faculty that I help facilitate. In attendance were:
Me (@KarenBlumberg)
Rachel Klem (@klemify), music teacher here at The School
Katy Gartside (@KatyGartside), 5th grade teacher here at The School
Paul Shirk (@alert_soulful), 1st grade teacher here at The School
Marko Pacic (@MarkoPacic), Director of Technology at Convent of the Sacred Heart
Colin Samuel (@workplacehobo), Director of Technology at The Green Vale School
and joining via GoogleHangout:
From Boston, Andy Marcinek (@andycinek), Director of Technology at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
From Austin for SxSWedu, Basil Kolani (@bkolani), Director of Technology at The Dwight School

For the record, here’s Sergey Brin‘s TED Talk where the co-founder of Google shares some possibilities for GoogleGlass:

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Resources from another great #edcampnyc on Saturday 11/9/13:

Thank you to everyone who came to edcampnyc on a Saturday to learn, share, and network so freely and generously! I was thinking about my edcamp numbers this morning:
— This was the 4th annual autumn edcampNYC to be hosted by The School at Columbia University. Many thanks to my colleague Katy Gartside (amazing 5th grade teacher at The School), Ann Oro, Laura Hollis, Deven Black, and Basil Kolani for being a relaxed and helpful group of co-organizers this year.
— This was the 5th edcampNYC event (We had a spring event at Francis Lewis High School a couple of years ago, and I have happy memories of their awesome Principal Ali Shama grilling up a barbeque lunch for everyone.)
— This was the 6th edcamp I’ve helped plan — two weeks ago was the launch of edcampMumbai (India’s first edcamp!) co-organized by Rekha Puri of LINEglobal and hosted by the The Oberoi International School.

Resources from the day are linked to our schedule here:
https://docs.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoZmqKegkFLAdGp2eFB2aHQwNzZzSVFURjdCRk01ZkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0
*Thanks to Jonathan Leung from General Assembly for showing me how to make a hyperlink using a formula function in a Google Spreadsheet.

And a great tagcloud gathering all the tweets tagged with #edcampnyc is here:http://tagboard.com/edcampnyc
*Thanks to @ChrisKauter for telling me about @Tagboard.

Also, our #edcampnyc hashtag was trending on Saturday!
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Making time to watch all the archived videos from #TEDxNYED 2012

Click the bottom of the player window above to navigate between TEDxNYED speakers or click below to watch specific talks from:

Jenny Buccos (@goodglobalcitiz)

Jose Vilson (@TheJLV)

Juliette LaMontagne (@jlamontagne)

Jim Groom (@jimgroom)

Sree Sreenivasan (@sree)

Jaimie Cloud (@cloudinstitute)

Chris Emdin (@chrisemdin)

Adam Bellow (@adambellow)

Sophie Altchek (@sophiealtchek)

Tony Wagner (@drtonywagner)

Bre Pettis (@bre)

Patrick Honner (@MrHonner)

Frank Noschese (@fnoschese)

Jaymes Dec (@jaymesdec)

I finally have time to watch the TEDxNYED 2012 videos! I was too busy running around backstage (and all over the Museum of the Moving Image) on the day of the actual event to witness any of the live talks. Recently, our production team from True Life Media (@truelifemedia) uploaded the edited videos to a TEDxNYED YouTube playlist on the TEDxTalks channel. Now that the school year is winding down, I have available pockets of time to watch the talks. Baruch Hashem.

Looking back, April 28th was probably one of the most stressful days of my recent history. Still, even with all the anxiety (and figurative/literal blood, sweat, tears), it was gratifying when volunteers generously showed up on Friday and Saturday for much needed assistance, speakers enthusiastically thanked us, attendees waved aside the glitches, and when people shared positive and thoughtful tweets and blog posts.

These last few years, I’ve learned a lot about how to organize, delegate, and negotiate, and the process has changed me. I clearly have a ways to go, and I greatly appreciate everyone that has been a part of my development – most recently, this year’s batch of TEDxNYED co-organizers including Basil Kolani (@bkolani), Kiersten Jennings Chou (@choutofu), Tammy McKenna (@tmck76), and Matthew Moran (@matthewpmoran).

Many thanks need to belatedly go to:

Homa Tavangar (@growingupglobal) for hosting the event

The Horace Mann School (@HMschool) and The Dwight School (@thedwightschool) for their incredibly generous support

Flik Independent School Dining (@FlikISDining) for partnering with us and providing healthy food all day long

Museum of the Moving Image (@MovingImageNYC) for their glorious theater and helpful staff including B.G. Hacker (Director of Events) and Chris Wisniewski (Deputy Director for Education )

WhippleHill (@whipplehill) for their organizational support

Livestream (@livestream) for streaming the event

True Life Media (@truelifemedia) for all their hard work streaming, filming, editing the videos of our talks

Teq (@TeqPD) and The School at Columbia University (@The_School) for their support

AppBaker (@appbaker) for the awesome TEDxNYED app

Wayne K. Lin (@wayneklin) for his awesome photos of TEDxNYED

Clare Anderton for helping us design the program and nametags

Tabitha, Akio, Dong, Zoe, Milagros, Lautaro, and the high school students from Horace Mann and Dwight (apologies if I missed anyone…) for their generous volunteerism

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