This weekend, ISTE 2011 begins. I will be attending Monday-Wednesday and am thrilled. I have been getting involved with a lot of social media discussions and this will be the opportunity for me to see so many more. There are so many things I want to see and do in those three days, but I think I have narrowed my goals down to the following:
1. See everything! I know I will be absolutely overwhelmed, but I don’t think I will have another chance like this and I need to do it all. Thank goodness for the online program planner otherwise I would be running around like a crazy man even more than I will be. On my tentative agenda, I will be learning how to be a tech-savvy administrator, discussing the flipped classroom, joining in an online blogging project, learning more about QR codes, and trying to better use podcasts in my class.
2. Meet the elite! I have only been on Twitter for educational purposes for about 9 months and there are so many people that I have developed a lot of respect for. I need to meet them in person. I don’t know if I can do it, but I want them to know how much they have helped me grow.
3. Get involved. I feel like I am poised at the precipice of something great, but don’t know how to get over the edge. I want to get involved more with the people who are leading the reform charge and find out how I can help. In reality, I just want to sit at the same lunch table as the cool kids and simply absorb. Maybe once in a while I will throw out a useful comment, but mostly I want to feel included.
When this event is over, I know I will have so much to comment on. I will try to tweet and make posts while at the conference and each night to discuss all the amazing things I have learned.