Each day was jam packed with sessions. In terms of Apple software I learned more about iBook Author, iTunes U , Keynote, Final Cut Pro X, and Motion. Much of what I learned was way over my head, but the ADE family and the actual software creators were extremely patient with me. We had keynote sessions from Nancy Duarte, Rebecca Stockley, Sarah Herrlinger, and Bill Franks and Laura Heald. I was also able to meet several of my favourite app developers during the Meet the Developers session.
In addition each day I was able to attend "creative agency" sessions which were small group drop in sessions. Here I learned more about photography, iBook Author, Final Cut Pro, and Motion.
|Meeting Book Creator Dan
|Meeting Reshan Richards of Explain Everything
|Kathy and Kristen meeting F2F for the first time.
|Gillian, Kathy and I
I also loved all the other ADEs and Apple staff that I met while in Austin. The generous sharing of knowledge was beyond anything I have seen before. And what really stuck for me was how incredibly generous and supportive everyone was. Unlike at other conferences where I felt that there was a bit of a class system of the “cool kids” and the “less cool kids” I had no feeling of that at the Institute. Every single person I met was genuine and supportive of me and what I’m doing with my students. Every single person! I can’t stress that enough. It was like I had finally met the people who really got me. It was over 300 people that really got me. And I understood them too. I was surrounded by incredible brilliance, yet everyone was humble and supportive. There was no ego, just knowledge, support, and sharing.
|The bats flying our from under the bridge.
|Texas State Capital Building
|University of Texas Clock Tower
(aka view from my hotel room)
Now, I can't end this post without thanking the incredible team from Apple. They went above and beyond in so many ways. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I was just given. THANK YOU!