What are the ingredients of a successful educational conference or workshop? What makes professional learning relevant and impactful?
Recently, I had the chance to sit down and discuss how educators learn with Michael Medvinsky and Ben Gilpin on the #UnearthED Radio Show. The catalyst for our conversation was the renowned Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) conference.
Although we only spoke for 10 minutes or so, we dove into the very nature of professional learning. I’ve spent the better part of the past five years researching digital age professional learning. As part of my doctoral dissertation I interviewed innovative leaders across the country. More recently, I contributed a few words to a book on PersonalizedPD. Through it all, I’m more convinced than ever that it’s not about “how” we learn…it’s more about “why” we learn.
Memos and mandates do not drive learning. We learn because we are open to the idea of becoming. We learn because we are curious. We learn because we understand that new processes and pedagogy might benefit our students even if the content does not change. We learn because we are networked and connected.
“Lifelong learning is a mindset not a mantra; it is the lens and disposition we bring to every situation we encounter.”
When we open our minds to the possibilities that await we’ve created the very conditions needed for learning. Click HERE to listen to the UnearthED Show, and hear Michael and Ben share their beliefs about how educators learn. (You can also subscribe to #UnearthED Show on iTunes).
I’d love to hear how you learn best, and why you think some educators might be less inclined to learn the same way.
This past week I attended the NAESP National Convention in Long Beach. The conference focused on best practice and the learning was epic!
Prior to the conference, Ben Gilpin and I collaborated on an event to further connect conference attendees. Our goal was to cultivate relationships that would propel into the actual conference sessions and beyond. We extended an open invitation to all principals and school leaders attending the conference, and partnered with NAESP to blast the invitations out using e-mail, social media, and other web tools.
We had a great turn-out and met many colleagues who we were able to connect with throughout the conference…this was a HUGE victory (unlike the staged photo above). Checkout the highlight video below to see more of the action and meet the 2015 National Bean Bag Champions!
Click HERE for an interactive version of the video via TouchCast. (The end of the video includes a link for the new Studio-in-a-Box.)
Join us for an epic NAESP bean bag tournament sponsored by TouchCast!
Date: Monday, June 29, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Alamitos Beach near the Long Beach Convention Center
Prizes: Top teams will win prizes, and the overall tournament winner earns the title, “Best Bean Bag Team EVER.”
Register online: http://goo.gl/forms/NOngJ4L30J
Food: Alfredos Beach Club will be offering food and seating right next to the bean bag tournament.
Questions: Contact Ben Gilpin or Brad Gustafson with questions. This Tweet-up is in partnership with the PennGSU Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.
This Tweet-up is family friendly and spectators are welcome!
We’ve got an NAESP National Panel planned with some spectacular surprises. Join us for a conversation about innovation and connectivity in education. To get to know the presenters before the conference, simply click on the image above or download the DAQRI augmented reality app on a mobile device. (Just hover over the flyer while in the DAQRI app to launch into a 4D experience!)
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Location: Long Beach Convention Center, Room 201B
Can’t travel to NAESP in Long Beach? Watch for a Periscope link via Twitter to join us virtually!
Our March Madness podcast series started with 16 talented educators willing to share their “take” on a single guiding question. Now we’re down to the Final Four and we need your vote to determine who will be named the “30 Second Take National Champion.” Fasten your seatbelt because the entire Final Four podcast is less than five minutes long.
Click HERE to vote via an anonymous Google form. You can also vote by posting a tweet to the hashtag #30SecondTake.