Today I participated in many great sessions and listened to many great presenters, but I learned one important thing; it is so important to be connected. Being an iTech I already knew the importance of how we all should be connected. In fact I am at a convention where there are people everywhere with all of their devices using them to connect.
“Well those are just techie people”. Let me tell you about those “techie people”. These people have nothing to really to do with technology. The people that I am witnessing at these conventions are those who are excited and passionate about engaging their students and making their campus run effectively and efficiently. In one room not only did we talk about technology but we talked about basic classroom management to make your room successful.
The conversations in the lines and in the hallways were about what is happening at our campuses. There were no secrets, nothing to hide, just polite conversation. These conversations were not just from my colleagues but from complete and total strangers. We are all sharing ideas while we are in line waiting for the presentation to start. We acknowledge that we are in different parts of the state, but instead of getting an email address to get your information and share ideas the questions is; “What is your Twitter Handle?” “What Google Plus Community are you in?” “Are you on Voxer?” “Can you share the presentation with me?” Not one word was mentioned of can I get your email address so you can send me the information.
In fact I asked a person to follow me on Twitter so I can direct message him and start a conversation to make a connection for our district conference. What we have to understand is that by asking to connect we now have a viable resource anytime time that we need it. We can see what each other is posting and we have something in common with them. The connection is more of a conversation rather than a need; as we see in emails.
Throughout the day I was connecting with my teachers and students on campus while at the convention and sharing what I am seeing and learning. For about 10 minutes I took part in my departments PLC meeting to discuss ways to collaborate and communicate while is was using Twitter. There wasn’t a need for me to be apart of the meeting because in theory I was there. The connection wasn’t just to fix something when I return, but how to grow a department using integration tools to make meetings run efficiently. These are the conversations we need to have on a daily basis. Not only does it keep us connected, but it allows us to keep growing and learning.
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