Pirates steal valuable things. That's what makes them pirates, after all. They take the best things, which do not belong to them, and they make them their own.
If I could give you one piece of advice to make the conference more meaningful for you and your students, learn like a pirate. Steal the best and leave the rest.
There are gems of wisdom, inspiration, and best practice that can be found all around The One Conference. They are the best ideas of your colleagues, things that work for them and their students, and they are simply putting these treasured nuggets out there for you to find and take with you. Your job is to find the very best treasures, steal them, and turn them into your own.
We all know that a day at The One Conference can be overwhelming and exhausting. Do not let yourself be burdened with every idea, every tool, every practice you hear about. Set a goal of finding one or two ideas that you can take back to your classroom, back to your students, to start using technology to teach and to help students engage and learn more meaningfully.
And once you have found those one or two great ideas to steal, set aside some time during the day to start planning. Most pirates may get lucky some of the time, but the best pirates plan, plot and scheme. Follow their lead. Develop a plan to turn your jewel of an idea into a practice used in your classroom. The goal should be to make one new practice a valued addition to your arsenal of tools and ideas to positively transform the learning experience for students.
So go ahead. Act like a pirate at The One Conference. You have our permission to steal some amazing ideas and turn them into amazing opportunities for kids. #sdwone