Monday, November 24, 2008

PASCD Reflection

Even though it meant another day out of the school, this makes 3 out of the last 6, I eagerly attended the annual PASCD conference held in Hershey, PA. My main goal of the conference was to attend two of Will Richardson's presentations.

As a newly appointed teacher/technology coach I have found many of Will's publications helpful as I try to wrap my mind around the world of web 2.0. Interestingly I had one of those "aha" moments as I navigated my way home through our early season snow squall. I was anticipating the sessions with Will to be stimulating, and they were, but I quickly realized that most of what was being discussed I had already pondered while following Will's blog.

So my question is this, "In the world of web 2.0, are traditional conferences really pertinant?" I truely had the same level of engagement by following and commenting on Will's blog as I did by hearing the man speak "in living color." Actually, I would argue that my engagement level is higher, and certainly reaches farther, when I engage via the "blogosphere" than in a traditional conference setting. This is by no means a dig on Will's public speaking abilities, I actually found him to be quite engaging, but for the "converted" a 2 hour trip to a confernce just doesn't seem "flat enough."

Thank you goes out to Will for presenting me with this nugget of truth to consider.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

CDW-G Training

So I'm starting this blog as an "assignment" as part of the CDW-G training I'm involved with this week. I thought it would be a good idea to blog about what I'm working on in regard to the CFF grant at our school. Check back every so often to see what's happening and feel free to post comments.