|San Antonio River Rock at Night|
I arrived in San Antonio late Friday afternoon and was quickly greeted by warmth and sunshine. After being in rain for the past week it was a wonderful change. Once I checked into my hotel Sara Hunter , a 2013 ISTE Emerging Leader invited me to join her and her friends for dinner. Sara and I had only ever met on Twitter but what I've learned over and over again is that most of those friendships I've fostered on Twitter, are equally as real in person. Sara was no exception.
|Sara and I on the ADE Photo Walk|
|Joan and I at Hack Education|
|Melvina, JoAnn and I on the ADE Photo Walk|
My first session was on Global Collaborative Projects. I shared what my students were doing, and how it doesn't always have to be a "big scale project" to have a meaningful impact on student learning. I also met Melvina and JoAnn.
From there I headed to a session on Social Media. It was here that I realized how very different my school in Surrey, BC Canada is from so many in the US. In my district innovation is embraced, and most barriers to innovation have been removed. Every school in our district has an open wireless network and I have yet come across any blocked websites that I use in my grade one classroom. We can tweet, blog, and video conference on a very regular basis without fear of "big brother" watching us. I also work in a district that has an active district hashtag #sd36learn created for teachers and admin by teachers. It was a very interesting session to be in. It was filled with inspiration too. Listening to Todd Nesloney use his document camera and personal phone to connect with the world was inspiring and helps remind me to keep pushing limits with my students if it is what is best for them.
|Linda Yollis and I at the Blogger's Cafe|
Over lunch I spent time with Joan and Jackie and loved every minute of it. Jackie had a techno ball that came with apps on her iPad. It was a time filled with lots of giggles. I was very thankful for this time with Jackie and Joan.
I also sat in on a couple of sessions during the mobile technology sharing session. I listened to Jennifer Bond share how she is leveraging BYOD with her grade three students. I think a lot like her in the sense that the tool (or app) is some what irrelevant and that it's more about having our students show their learning in ways that work best for them. I wish I had more time to talk with Jennifer because her students are doing some really incredible things with what they have available to them.
|Drew, Me, and Brad|
If you know me at all I didn't get back to my room with out a few more stops and meeting a few more people. So far I was loving ISTE and it hadn't even officially started yet.
|Krissy and I|
|Jen Wagner, Me, and Sue Waters|
|Anne Mirtschin and I|
|Andrew and I|
|Me wearing Google Glass|
Reflecting back I can't believe how nervous I was for ceremony. I had heard the main ballroom was huge and all I could think about was standing infront of so many people and being singled out. Thankfully Sara Hunter was also receiving an award along with several other super kind people so the waiting wasn't too bad. Dean Shareski and Michelle Cordy were also back stage and had a lot more to be nervous about because they were part of the ignite session which followed. It was great to have Dean back stage with me and to have a little Canadian possie to hang with too. Here's a small glimps of what the ballroom looked like empty. That big grey rectangle is the first of at least a couple of screens that went back. If you haven't figured it out the room was huge!
From the awards session I headed down to the Global Education Conference where I met Louise Morgan. There I shared our pages in the global scrapbook and passed it on to Anne M to take back to Australia with her.
|Me, Amanda, Sue, Wes, Maria, and Jen|
|Me and Tina Photakis|
|#Kinderchat Rockstars Matt and Heidi, and I|
|Preston, Lousie, Me, and Anne|
The highlight of this particular reception was meeting Kathy Schrock. She is a total tech ed rockstar and if given the chance I would have chatted with her all night long. She has so much knowledge and is a super kind person too. I must admit I was pretty nervous speaking to her but I am so glad I did. She is a very bright lady. I was also able to thank her for putting one of my blog posts on her iPad blog. I told her the impact that has had on that post of mine.