Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thank You for Reform Symposium 2010

Shelly Terrell, Kelly Tenkely, Jason Bedell and Christopher Rogers were the organizers of the Reform Symposium 2010 that took place online July 30, 31 and August 1. I can only imagine how much work went on behind the scenes to get this symposium planned and then to make sure it went smoothly over the three days. Saying thank you seems so lame, but sometimes keeping it simple is the best so…Thank you!
The organizers used the whiteboard on Elluminate to discuss some of the numbers that were generated by RSCON10.

I liked that idea and decided to compile some numbers of my own.
3 days
18 sessions
14 hours
10 sessions where I took the mic
19 presenters and organizers in my PLN
unknown number of chat entries and tweets

Here is the list of the sessions that I was able to attend virtually this weekend:

Friday July 30, 2010
Opening Keynote – Steve Hargadon 4:00-5:00
Identity Day: Revealing the Passions of Our Students – George Couros 5:00-6:00
It's Not the Tool, It's How You Use It – Mary Beth Hertz 6:00-6:30

Saturday, July 31, 2010
StudentCon: Students Teaching Teachers - Jerry Swiatek 8:00-8:30
Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) – Tom Whitby 8:30-9:30
What the Heck is a 21st Century Skill Anyway? – Angela Maiers 12:30-1:30
Skype Around The World - Silvia Tolisano 2:00-2:30
Technology, what's in it for my students - Alexandra Francisco 3:00-3:30
Back-channeling in the Classroom – Richard Byrne 4:00-5:00
New Teacher Survival Kit – Lisa Dabb and Joan Young 5:30-6:00

Sunday, August 1, 2010
Tech in 10 – Kelly Hines 8:00-8:30
Students Refine School – Monika Hardy & students 9:00-10:00
Abolishing & Replacing Grading – Joe Bower 10:30-11:00
Everything I Learned About Tech Integration I Learned From Movies - Nicholas Provenza 11:30-12:00
Innovative Practices in Education–The Power of Students Producing for Authentic Audiences with Authentic Assessment – Paula White 12:30-1:30
This Ain't Your Mother's Classroom: Why You Need to Use Social Media in Your Classroom – Tim Gwynn 2:00-2:30
Education: Timeless and Priceless – Steve Anderson 3:00-4:00
Closing Ceremony – all the organizers 4:00-4:45

I heard Vicki Davis say at one of her ISTE10 sessions I attended this summer, “try to limit your take-aways from a large conference to the top three”. So my top three are:

1. Every student is like a box of Cracker Jacks. Find the “prize” inside of every student.
2. Let students discover their passion and set aside time everyday to let them pursue it.
3. My students and I should be “educational architects” in our classroom.

I have a lot of information to process from the Reform Symposium. I can't wait for the 2010-2011 school year to start so that I can implement some of the things I learned. I am tired and my brain is on fire.

What are your big 3 from RSCON10?