I am a reluctant selfie or picture taker. My first reaction is not to grab my camera and take a pic, I am sure there are lots of reasons for that, however when I was at ISTE I found myself caught up in the spirit of chronicling the events of the conference. The first selfie I took was of Karl LS and Victoria Olson, but this was after I had met them the night before and completely passed on taking the selfie. I realized the second time I ran into them that I may never get the opportunity to capture that moment again. I was at a conference almost a thousand miles away (956.6 mi according to Google), and was getting to connect with many of the people I have been interacting with for months or years via social media. I am glad that Victoria was the first selfie I took because she helped me get my current job. When I was looking at the possibility to move into the world of technology, Victoria helped me learn about some great apps for elementary students. She is also one of the main reasons I started to blog. And Karl LS is originally from Middleton Wisconsin, so he has to be awesome, oh and he teaches history too, so come on.
I included a few of the images I took of ISTE, but the slideshow starts at Summer Spark which was held in Milwaukee in June. I was fortunate to be able to attend and get to present as well, I think that had a lot to do with knowing one of the main organizers, Chuck Taft who may have thrown me a bone because there was awesome educators all over the place there. I wanted to include Summer Spark because I got to see Dave Burgess speak for the first time. We had met before, but never got to see him do an actual presentation. It was amazing. I actually have a student in my grad class reading TLAP and she said, I need to see him present, and referenced a part of his book where he writes: there is no comparison to seeing the live show and I couldn't agree more. I sat through a 2 hour keynote and kept telling people that was an amazing hour. I had to be convinced that he was speaking for 2 hours because it was incredible!
This post could be all about the things I learned at ISTE, but really the biggest thing I took away from ISTE was the power of my PLN. I was able to connect to so many people and get into some amazing conversations. I was able to see some people I knew well in a different light and my respect and admiration of them grew leaps and bounds. I cannot say enough about the positive state of education when I see so many amazing educators giving up time in their summers to learn, share, connect and all to be better for their students.
Tonight's questions are about building your PLN see below the slideshow.
Q1 Why do you attend #sstlap? What brings you here?
Q2 Why are you on Twitter, and how has this helped you as an educator? #sstlap
Q3 How do you use social media as an educator, personal life, and as a digital citizen? #sstlap
Q4 PLN and PLC are terms we now use in EDU how have you built them and maintain those relationships? #sstlap
Q5 What has your PLN done to impact your career as an educator? #sstlap
Q6 What advice would you give for someone new to Social media and Twitter to help them build their PLN? #sstlap
Q7 We are a #tlap PLN - how has @burgessdave message changed your edu career? #sstlap
Challenge - bring someone else to social media and help get them started- help them get followers! #sstlap