Being there virtually was a cool experience. I was passed around the table and got a chance to "virtually" meet everyone face to face. I even had a chance to "chat" with someone who was also attending virtually. It was a pretty cool experience and not a bad way to spend an unexpected delay. Eventually though the FaceTime fun ended and I was left waiting in Washington.
|If you look closely I am in the iPad facing the other iPad.|
Photo courtesy of @Matt_Gomez
|Virtually meeting Heidi Face to Face|
|Michelle getting me involved virtually.|
|My perspective of what was going on in Las Vegas.|
Another highlight of the weekend was meeting Lisa Murphy, the Ooey Gooey Lady. Prior to her siting down beside me during our Tuesday night 4-6 session I had no clue who she was (heck I even turned to Marya and asked her who she was since everyone else in the group was so excited to meet her face to face). Lisa is full of energy and really passionate about what she believes. In her words (or the words of her book title) PLAY [is] The Foundation that Supports the House of Higher Learning. Her discussion and the enthusiasm the crew had for her had me wanting to learn more about her. I was also curious to read her comment on the NAEYC's Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 position statement . Needless to say when the session was over I immediately returned to my room googled her website, and did a bit more research. I also purchased the above mentioned book.
But the BEST thing about the week in Vegas was the relationships that grew and fostered over the four days. For me what started as a meeting of complete strangers, or slight "virtual" acquaintances ended with meaningful friendships and connections.
Photo courtesy of @Mr_Fines, labels added by me.
A special thank you to Michelle, Stacey, and Mardelle from British Columbia, Amy from Alberta, Heidi from New Jersey, Matt from Texas, Jon from Montana, Marya from Massachusetts, and Tasha from Japan for making me feel so welcomed in the #kinderchat crew. I am so glad I took the risk and crashed #edcampkinder. You're stuck with me now!