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So much to think about after another stellar @Educon at @SLAtweets! I’ve collected my tweets here to dig further into some of the gathered resources. #educon #edchat

It was exciting to be in Philadelphia this weekend to feel Philly Pride in the home of the Eagles (#FlyEaglesFly) and to participate in another Educon hosted by Science Leadership Academy: @DonBuckley kindly took this picture of me upon arriving at 30th Street Station.

Session 1: What does it mean to be a graduate? facilitated by Matt Riggan

Session 2: Future Visioning as a Tool for Creative Thinking facilitated by Becky Lee and Adam Rosenzweig
Here’s a recording from the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dAqQnxCNF0

Session 3: Assessing Project Based Learning: How Do We Know What They Know? facilitated by Liz Davis, Stephanie Seto, and Katie Morgan
Here’s the recording from the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFJwrXXdB38

Session 4: Entrepreneurial Mindset in Education facilitated by Jenny Zapf

Session 5: Sustaining Change in Schools and Systems facilitated by Diana Laufenberg and Zac Chase
Here’s a link to the video from the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEScVwmY_Ls

Session 6: The Evolving Role of the 21C Educator facilitated by Tiffany Wycoff

Plus more to consider:

Here are links to videos from Chris Lehmann’s YouTube playlists of Educon 2018 videos:
1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCieSOR3Cc9kXX2u15tUzqNw
2. https://www.youtube.com/user/educon204/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

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Educon + Twitter = Reunion

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As many have stated before, the education and technology conferences feel a lot like reunions these days. This is mostly due to Twitter, though attending conferences begat more Twitter contacts which begat knowing about more conferences which begat attending and/or speaking at said conferences which begat gathering more Twitter contacts and so on and so forth.

Tomorrow I’ll join the hordes already at Educon. This is the third annual education conference taking place at The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. [Philly is my hometown, and as a result, I garner strange looks whenever I ask for a glass of “wooder” at a restaurant.] Chris Lehmann is the dynamic, phenomenal, and brilliant principal of SLA, and it was a pleasure to meet him at last year’s Educon and host him at the inaugural TEDxNYED in March 2010.

As per Educon’s homepage,  EduCon is both a conversation and a conference. And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

This year, I am thrilled to be co-leading two conversations at Educon. Based on experience, I know the attendees are smart, engaged, innovative, and tech savvy, so I am understandably intimidated. It’s hard to hide behind my camera when I’m one of the presenters. However, I’m too excited to learn a ton, gather resources, and reunite with people from my personal learning network to dwell too much on my insecurities. Plus, I am paired with awesome collaborators who are people I genuinely like and highly respect: Meredith Stewart (@msstewart) and Basil Kolani (@bkolani). My two sessions are listed below:

Crafting Character

Who: Karen Blumberg, Meredith Stewart
When: Session One
Where: Room 309

Students need to recognize that their communications and actions contribute to their character. In an age where everyone uses Google (including high school counselors, college admissions, and employers), it is more important than ever to initiate conversations with students about how their immediate online choices have potentially permanent ramifications.

Grassroots Professional Development

Who: Basil Kolani, Karen Blumberg
When: Session Five
Where: Room 303

Every teacher needs professional development, but not everyone has the resources available for it. The good news: You don’t need massive resources for great PD.

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Putting the Camp in EdCamp

EdCamp Philly was a great day of learning, networking, and sharing with other educators/technologists/administrators/proponents for change. I was happy to represent The School at Columbia University along with @nykat4 (Katy Gartside, 5th Grade teacher) and @scampnyc (Nancy Wong, Math Liaison). As Edcamp Philly was an unconference, a little light peer pressure had Nancy and Katy signing up to co-present, Collaborating with Google Apps with me. I also provided the title for Katy’s successful presentation, WWKD? What would Katy do in her 5th grade classroom. @DoremiGirl (Yoon Lim) was nearby as I was encouraging” Nancy and Katy, and when I reinforced that leading a session was really like facilitating a conversation, Yoon posted her session, Music, Kids, Tech, which received much acclaim over Twitter throughout the day.

Further, thanks to the encouragement of Edcamp Philly organizers @mbteach and @kristenswanson, I joined up with people I met at the registration area to co-present two additional sessions: One was iPads in Education with @aleaness and @dancinjul and the other was Google Apps and Gadgets with @fronk2000 and @rchuhran.

I have yet to comb the #edcamp Twitter archive, but here are some of the bits and pieces I gathered (and the EdCamper who shared it):

  • iPad apps shouted out during the discussion (which was graced by surprise guest, @chrislehmann!):

Text Free, Discovery, Alice in Wonderland, Baby Scratch, Access my Library, Penultimate, Smart Note, Elements, NPRBrushes, Harmonious, Evernote, Instapaper, Read it Later, Proloquo2Go, Quick Connect, DragonDictation, Good Reader, Cloud Browse, iThought HD, Plants vs. Zombies

  • Edmodo Follow @zemote on Twitter as he is one of the founders and can answer and questions!
  •  Yolink and SweetSearch are free and awesome and allow for more appropriate and efficient online research.

After such an awesome day, Nancy and Katy and I are psyched to plan an EdCamp NYC sometime this fall!

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