What a fun day.. My apple watch approves.. Exercise ring from walking to lunch and 2x move ring..
I was fortunate to attend a preconference session by @RachelAnnEdtech about creating engaging blended learning. There were several things I liked about the session.
- It was very movement oriented and not too sit and get.
- It was very reflective.. I tweeted out to former students during the session with . – Do I do this? Questions? and Could I do better?
- We explored different technologies you could use.. it was not super canvas focused – ie.. some of the tools were LTI integrated others were not.
- It felt good to know most of the tools and be able to help my fellow students learn.
- It has the opportunity badge with @DigitalPromise which makes me excited and I want to support credentialing in education for Professional Learning.
After the session, I was invited to a special lunch with some really influential people. In fact, I did not totally realize how influential until I followed on twitter . later. Love that I am getting to meet people out of my lane at InstructureCon.
I spent the afternoon wandering the vendor fair with a new from LA Community College. We met walking back from lunch. He is new to the edtech and was there for the day to attend a PreCon. He asked he could tag along which was fun.. because he was really new and I got to explain why we use what we use. I had really meaningful conversations with Zoom (fixed my link! Yeah!) , not worried about my camera, talked to some accessibility people, had really meaningful conversation about changing my badges to Badgr and met some new apps that I was not familiar with..
I like how instructurecon does the vendors. They are there all day.. and they schedule meals and events with them.. it is not like skip a session to talk to them, it is easy to fit it into the day.
So then I went to the Keynote.. Malcolm Gladwell talked about how the world is changing and education needs to change with it. He talked about how we can shift the Paradigm. Gladwell . is a masterful storyteller. (I may have to follow his podcast now). I really like when EdTech conferences pick speakers that acknowledge that we are about education . not just ed tech. He asked some good questions about following up with the students that are feel marginalized or left behind in our classes. We will only grow stronger if we view ourselves as team and strengthen our weakest members. It really made me think about how its easy to focus on the students truckin’ along in our courses, but not delving deeper into those that struggle.
After that we had the opening party.. It was pretty full with long lines.. (3000 attendees I hear). I found a quiet corner and ended up having a cross country conversation (Idaho, Nebraska and Oklahoma) about the use of badges and Badgr in Class. Made me feel good about what I have planned.
In addition, I ran into people I used to work with in 2000 at my BS and MS alma mater Northwest Missouri State University and it really made me think about how long I have been working in computer enhanced learning and how I need to push myself to be doing more and going further!
Overall, so far a really high quality conference were I am able to get stuff done (talk to vendors, try out some things). While I am working I am planning out my fall classes… I have google doc running with ideas.