Ten Conference Reflections - Tech Forum 2009 by Lisa Nielsen
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October 29, 2009 By: Developer Developer
Cross posted at
The Innovative Educator
Although educators spend hundreds or thousands
of dollars to attend conferences, I find we rarely spend time to take a moment to
process, reflect, share, and publish our thoughts. I recently attended Tech Forum
New York 2009. I find a lot of my reflections about this conference are true about
many other conferences I attend. Here they are:
5 THINGS I APPRECIATED ABOUT
THE TECH FORUM CONFERENCE
1-The F-2-F connections and building of relationships with those I rarely am able
to see in person. I find this more valuable than any session. It was nice talking
with Chris Lehmann, Scott Meech, Dana Lawit, Lisa Thumann, Judy Salapert, Peggy
Sheehy, Alisa Berger, Kevin Hogan, Christine Weiser, Kristine Goldhawk, Tom Honohan,
Meryl Menon, Bruce Lai, Steve Kinney, Jeff Branzburg, Laura Robitalle, Lindsay Angelo,
Guy Lodico, and the Nassau BOCES folks with whom I shared lunch.
2-Extending the learning and making meaning by Tweeting, FB-ing and seeing who my
fellow tweeters and FBers are. In a tech conference this size more of us should
be in these worlds. We need to make meaning beyond ourselves and become active participants
reflecting and sharing with our learning networks.
It was nice learning with both those who were learning with me at the conference
and those who were remote doing what @worblehat has coined Twelurking (Twitter lurking).
Enjoyed tweets and RTs with/from @briancsmith, @PeggySheehy, @sammorra, @mjelson,
@lthumann, @roblyons, @stevekinney, @worblehat, @actionhero, @letkidsplay.
Most popular RTs:
The main purpose of schools is to teach kids to ask powerful questions and teach
them to find the answers. -Chris Lehmann.
RT @: Principal Chris Lehmann says his job
& his staff is to build students that are Thoughtful, Wise , Passionate, Kind
Enjoyed FB-ing with Robb Ross, Myrielle Badio,
, , , , , Samantha Stouber,
, , , , , Suzanne Montaperto,
and anyone I missed.
Most popular Status Updates:
Lisa Velmer Nielsen Advice to ALL presenters.
Don't assume audience members are or will be parents. It's offensive to the people
for whom that is not true.
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Lisa Velmer Nielsen What is the role
of the teacher in the age of Google? Our job is not to teach CONTENT, it is to teach
WISDOM. -Chris Lehmann TFNY09
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3-I appreciated that Chris Lehmann shared the message about what is really important
in education. More of us need to do this. Do a twitter search for TFNY09 Lehmann
to see what I'm talking about.
4-The terrific job Judy Salapert, Christine Weiser, and the T&L team did in
putting together a very well-organized conference.
5-I enjoyed that the conference was a focused intimate conference rather than the
overwhelming experience I encounter at conferences like NECC.
5 IDEAS FOR IMPROVING TECH
1-Start 1 hour later and I'll yawn much less. We boarded a bus at 6 a.m. and arrived
2-Presenters: Use real examples.
3-Vendors: if you talk about your great product you should figure out how to incorporate
and/or demonstrate it in your presentation. No excuses. If you can't bother to figure
out how to do this, I can't be bothered to listen to you.
4-Please, please stop talking at us. Use innovative tools to make your presentation
5-Don't talk about differentiation and think you do not have to differentiate. You
Coolest Free Tech Tool That
I Hadn't Heard of Award Goes to...
No more forgotten parking lots. No more having to type notes from post-its placed
on chart paper. Hurray for Wallwisher. It is
an online NOTICE BOARD maker. Ideal for making announcements, wishing people, keeping
notes, and basically anything you can do with Post its. No download, software or
registration required. -Thank you Patrick Higgins
Coolest Expensive Tech Tool
that I Hadn't Heard of Award Goes to...
Saywire is a Facebook-like intranet.
It provides a closed and safe Facebook. Write, publish, plan, organize, collaborate.
$6 per student -Thank you Peggy Sheehy
Nielsen has spent more than a decade working in various capacities in educational
innovation at the NYC DOE and Teachers College, Columbia University including as
a technology innovation manager, manager of instructional technology professional
development, literacy and instructional technology coach, teacher, librarian, and
staff developer. Ms. Nielsen is a Google Certified Teacher, International Edublogger,
and creator of The Innovative Educator social network, blog, and wiki all of which
can be found at http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the
author and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of the
NYC DOE, the AVP or any other