The Ontario Summit hosted by the EdTechTeam in Cambridge was last weekend. It was a sold out crowd of 450 educators spending their weekend learning from, and with, each other. It was my third Summit and I again offered a session on google applications in a primary/junior classroom. Math was the focus this time, primarily as my Ministry TLLP project has really focused my edtech exploration into the math world.
For those who haven’t been, imagine a huge buzz in the halls, starting with registration and lasting until the final keynote the next day. Lunch is noisy as connected educators finally meet face to face after having following each other on twitter months before. Sessions overflow onto floors and into hallways. Selfies are taken and personal devices become loaded with ideas to use back in the classroom. Twitter feeds quote speakers and share new learning. It really is quite an experience.
Presenting a session is usually a blast. I must admit, it’s tricky to keep your mojo when people are sitting everywhere and the screen is across the room from the computer station running the slide deck, but hey – we’re pros, right? It is so satisfying sharing ideas with 45 eager learners. It truly is putting yourself ‘out there’, however I find that the sessions have opened me to new learning and opportunities to work with others, all the while providing me great feedback on how to run PD for adults. I highly recommend that all teachers offer a session at some point. Everyone has unique insights that others can benefit from.
New challenge for this Summit: ‘digital playground’ sessions. Here I offered three 10-minute sessions on stop motion animation with Google Slides. Just chairs in a group, laptops out, me using my big voice to cut through the noise in the gym. Wow. Let’s just say I gave three crash courses back to back. Whew!
Until next time, Ontario Summit. Thanks for the learning!
PS (1) – the Google Waterloo headquarters tour prior to the event was SO eye-opening . That company really practices what it preaches and brings the idea of flexible seating to a whole new level.
PS (2) – Shout out to my TVDSB colleagues. We represented!
PS (3) – The Google Innovators at the event were so open, approachable, and provided great coaching. Come on #LAX18!