Attending a professional conference reminds me of running a race...the people, the crowds, the excitement, the adrenaline...it's all there. Today was ActivLoudoun. It's a conference put on in our county for our teachers with a focus on technology. The majority of presenters are teachers from the county...they share their ideas and experiences and expertise with technology. I always leave feeling energized and with a pile of new ideas to try and integrate into my teaching next year.
I heard there were 750 attendees today. In our county, school (teacher work days) ended Tuesday...and here we are two days later attending and presenting at a conference! Inspiring!!
This morning started off with remarks of thanks from our superintendent, Dr. Hatrick. He is retiring and I'm sad to see him go, but it was great to have him at the conference. Our incoming superintendent, Dr. Eric Williams welcomed us with a talk about one to the world. He blogs. He tweets. He believes in using technology as a tool for students and teachers. (He may even read this post!) I met and chatted with Dr. Williams today. We spoke about blogging and how to get more teachers to blog.
Speaking of blogging, that was the topic of my presentation this morning. I shared my experience with blogging and why I believe blogging is a vital practice for all teachers. Talking with teachers and sharing with them always inspires me.
After my presentation, I got to see the amazing Steven Anderson from Blogging about the Web 2.0 Connected Classroom. He shared Class Flow with us. It's a cloud based platform for teachers. It makes things so easy to upload documents and videos all to one place. We got to play a bit and I had so much fun! It's definitely something I'm going to learn and implement into my class next year.
I also got to attend a session on the Google Classroom. It's not done yet...hopefully by September...but oh my goodness, I can't believe the capabilities it has! If you have used Google Docs for anything in the classroom, you won't believe how much EASIER this will make your life. It organizes for you. It streamlines communication. It gives you a place to put a grade on assignments. I'm hooked! I can't wait until I can use this tool...the possibilities are endless!
See, that's what I mean...I finished packing up my classroom two days ago and tonight my brain is buzzing with ideas for next year. Today, I'm proud to say I am a teacher. I'm proud to say I teach in Loudoun County! Looking forward to ActivLoudoun next year!