Tonight I was thinking about changing the format to a slow chat. I know it is the day before Independence day and many might be heading out of town or prepping for their celebrations of this historical day. My thought is to use a slow chat format. I was at #ISTE this past week in Philadelphia and while I included some images, I must admit that I didn't do enough to take in the full experience of this historic city. I did manage to make it to the oldest bar in Philadelphia which is also the fifth oldest in the US for an event. I unfortunately didn't take out my camera enough to document a lot of the amazing experience of this week.
So I was in Philly and of course had the Philly cheesesteaks. Some with provolone, some with whizz, some on a pizza...umm so I didn't eat well during this trip but I did have a culinary experience. I attended an amazing educational technology conference and met amazing people. Some of them were from my home state, and others helped me get started in my role in technology like Victoria Olson @MsVictoriaOlson who is in the first selfie pic I took at the conference along with her fiance Karl LS @KarlLS and amazing History Teacher from California, originally from the great state of Wisconsin.
As I toured around Philly and thought about the great city, the history, upcoming 4th celebration I wondered how Philly would celebrate compared to Green Bay? I wondered about what people like the many different Uber drivers I met, many who were immigrants, first or second generation, thought about Independence Day? What did it mean to them? What would they do on the 4th with family and friends?
My thought for tonight's #sstlap since it is a crazy time of year is to do a one question, or a one topic post and have you respond whenever you have time. I hope you will go back and respond to each others. Typically slow chats last about 15 minutes, meaning the topic is posted at 8 people come in meet and great answer the question connect to the responses and in 15 minutes can move on with their day or night. I attended a session at ISTE with one of the regular attendees of #BFC530 Breakfast club 530 Jessica Raleigh @TyrnaD who explained the concept. I thought it might fit well tonight.
Tonight's topic is about Independence. What does Independence mean to you? To our founding fathers? To your students? Is it different for students in your classroom than in their lives beyond school? How do you allow them to feel independent or free? What can we do to assist them in understanding this concept?
Challenge: How do you celebrate and HONOR Independence Day? Share pics of your Independence day activities.