|Eric shared this graphic from Bill Ferriter|
The leadership strand was anchored by Eric Sheninger, who has gained national renown for his use of social media at New Milford High School where he is Principal. It was enlightening to hear Eric talk about his first experiences with Twitter. His initial "lurking and learning" resulted in a sort of jealousy as he learned about great things going on in classrooms across the country. He then made his new learning an example for his school community. "If you model social media as professional tools, that is how your stakeholders are going to treat them," Eric shared. Despite the fears most have about opening social media to community comments, he reports removing only a handful of inappropriate posts in the last three years.
|Participants packed sessions like this one by Jeff Thornton|
|Keynote by Adam Bellow|
The icing on the cake (or baklava!) was the afternoon app shootout with Adam Bellow and Leslie Fisher, who stunned the audience with a barrage of technologies like Story Builder and Aurasma. Leslie then gave a great interactive demo of InfuseLearning with an auditorium full of educators using their own devices for student response. See the complete list of the apps they shared in this Google Doc.