Learning at a Conference

Two of my new colleagues

Two of my new colleagues

Either I am an internet addict or everyone else at this conference in Missoula, MT is digitally illiterate. It is a Gifted and Talented Conference put on by our state gifted organization, AGATE. There are probably right around 1000 teachers here and only about five of us have been bringing our laptops to the sessions. I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure that I am the only one at the conference utilizing Twitter to share what I am learning. I have been recording my experiences on a new tool Dean Groom showed me called etherpad. It is a live document that can be edited by all participants as they chat in a backchannel section of the page. I tried to share my etherpad with the other guy here who had a computer and he would have none of it. That guy now does everything he can to avoid bumping into me (thinks I’m a stalker). In fact, I tried sharing it with all my colleagues and not a one of them had any interest. However, at the end of the day in my hotel room while messing around in WoW with a colleague, I shared my etherpad. My colleague thought it was the coolest thing ever and even made her own that she plans to use at a conference where she will be presenting in a few weeks. Thank God, for my PLN. It always validates to me that even though there is henny7evidence to the contrary, I may be on the right track. I am not sure, but I imagine at other conferences laptops are used by far more people to share ideas and discuss conference content. This is the first conference where I brought my laptop and used various web 2.0 tools to enhance my learning. Those tools [(twitter, skype, WoW (yes, for me, it is a learning tool)] have made this conference the most meaningful I have ever attended.

On a personal note, my avatar in Second Life, Henny Zimer, turned 1-year-old on April 24th. I bought him a new cyclocross bike to celebrate but I am fairly certain that I will be the one riding it. Also, unbelievable to me, someone in Montana actually started reading my blog and it was my brother, Tom. I am very happy that he has read the things I have been writing over the past year…Thank you, Tom.

Henny's Birthday Present

Henny's Birthday Present

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9 Responses to “Learning at a Conference”

  1. Dean groom Says:

    The absolute best way to get a table to yourself at a conference is to bang on about web2.0. Have you tried Evernote? Nice bike. But Henny wanted a VeeDub.

  2. TOM AGAMENONI Says:

    I AM A BIT NAIVE WHEN IT COMES TO ALL THIS NEW TECHY STUFF (DIDN’T REALLY FEEL NAIVE UNTIL READING YOUR POSTS) – THANKS FOR THAT!
    BUT —————- SEEING YOUR INSATIABLE THIRST TO LEARN AND EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS IS INSPIRING – THANKS FOR THAT!

  3. I have a nice VeeDub I’ll sell him. It’s an excellent driveable VW bus, circa 1979 or so. Had 6 avatars in it once and got stuck at the bottom if ISTE River.

    Great post, Jeff/Henny, and I had fun playing with it this morning. Will be the keystone of a new Flowgram I’m working on about how PLNs can help solve problems, or at the very least lead to lagniappe learning (look it up 🙂

    Check ya on the downside, after the jump!

  4. Mrs. Wanke Says:

    Cool bike and Happy Birthday Henny! Read your post, Mr. A. I’m glad I did. Tried out Etherpad for my notes. Sent it on to a friend, but I may have to use you to see if it works okay. Would that be okay? I’ll invite you, but don’t mess it up. This is serious and I want to show these people how technology works in GF. Okay? Showed Mr. D. your blog, SW. too. They both liked it. Mr. D. said, that you would blow them out of the water with technology during your interview….I didn’t even think twice about that one. I know you. ha, ha

  5. I can forgive tech ignorance but I can’t stand tech-phobia.

  6. Erin agamenoni Says:

    uncle Moon! just want you to know that i have dropped on by to read a few of these also!! I really enjoy reading them!!

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