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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Reflecting on #Edscape15

I was hoping yesterday would be a great day of learning. I spent a Saturday with people who I've met over the years via @twitter, as well as with local colleagues discussing  how we can modify our practice to improve learning for all of our students. +Pernille Ripp  focused her keynote on the importance of student choice and voice in the classroom. She certainly inspired many to rethink how they manage their classroom's, as I overheard conversations throughout the day discussing changes that are coming.

Following the keynote, I attended a session on Google Classroom that was facilitated by +Alexa Schlechter and @robpennington. I picked up several strategies on how I can use Google Classroom to streamline my school leadership practice. Before lunch, @whalen discussed the importance of "stopping the madness" when using any presentation software, especially when we're teaching our students to present content. I know I will put a few of Dan's ideas into practice.

Afternoon sessions included a talk by @tbresnahan1 about the use of specific technology applications to improve student engagement. Tom kept all attendees busy during this session, it was much more than a talk, as he modeled what he expects from the teachers in his school. And he required us to do it! During the last session of the day +Sarahi Samano and @mskrystenthomas presented their work on how they prepare their current Hispanic elementary students for college and career. It was awesome to see these elementary educators share how they use various technologies to prepare their students for secondary school and beyond. I'm lucky to work with both everyday.

Yesterday was the third consecutive Edscape Conference that I attended, and for me, it was the best. I had a hard time deciding which sessions to attend, because so many seemed to offer things that I could take back to my school and students. In the end, the sessions I attended gave me several practical strategies that I know will make me better on Monday. So, yeah...yesterday was a great day of learning.