Friday, December 9, 2016

It's that Time of Year Again!

This always feels like a strange time of year for me. I can't believe it is already December and I am once again encouraging staff members to present at the One Conference! Didn't we just do this? I LOVE the conference and the feel that our professional development has on that day. But it only happens when we as staff members are willing to share what we are doing in our own classroom/instruction with others!

In talking with staff and maybe trying to nudge a few into participating; I often hear, "It's nothing special," "Everyone knows how to do that,"  or the famed, "It's not techie enough for the conference." We do tend to be tougher on ourselves than anyone else would. No idea is too big or too small; we have staff at all levels of technology integration and you'd be surprised how many may not have experience with a tool or activity that you are using.

STEP Outside the Box! will be the theme for this year’s conference. We are asking presenters to explain how they have taken their technology practice to a new level.
  • What are you doing now in your classroom that you could not have accomplished without the technology?
  • What steps did you take to get here?
  • How has it transformed your instructional practice?
  • How are you meeting the needs of your learners through the use of technology?

It is through this open minded mentality of sharing and risk taking that we all grow and learn a little more. For some of you presenting would be a venture outside the box!  Help us make the One Conference a phenomenal day! Please submit a proposal to present at the One Conference, proposals are due by 12/19/16.