An impressive conference with the funniest keynote ever from Dr. Alec Couros who had his audience totally engaged and laughing out loud. Worth the price of admission! He is a master at engaging a large audience who have a wifi connected device in the palm of their hands. I don't think many emails or texts were answered during his Keynote about "Identity, Networks, & Connected Learning." Yes, it's hard to manage digital distractions and we are teaching our students to manage their distractions as well during the school day.
I feel very fortunate to have met some new tech friends and had the chance to see some awesome educators I met on Twitter. If you are interested in checking out the shared resources from the fabulous presenters, please check them out here.
This is one example of a super funny YouTube video with a powerful message about rewards, worth your two minutes that Alec Couros tweeted out: (click here or on the image) If you want to see more tweets on Twitter about the event, check out the hashtag #TLTF14._
Reflecting on last year, and looking forward to the New Year, I think #FEARLESSin14 is a perfect theme for me. I will try a little harder to work smarter, not longer, and be more generous with my time, energy and enthusiasm. I am having more fun teaching and learning with iPads, Google Apps for Education and all things techie than I could have ever imagined possible.
Happy New from my family to yours! We took this photo outside of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago while visiting our families over the holidays.
Author: Jeanne Reed
Engineer turned educator, now educational technologist - sharing my passion and perspective on technology in education to improve student learning. Hope you enjoy!
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