EduCon is an incredible learning event to attend. I’ve yet to find a conference that has a greater gathering of thought leaders than EduCon. Period.
Last year was the first one that I attended, and I admit to being a little star struck at the sight of so many members of my PLN leading sessions. This feeling was born out of the respect that I had for all of them, particularly via my interactions with them on Twitter, blogs, and webinars. I felt like I had learned so much from them, but that I hadn’t necessarily sent much their way.
Somehow, I had forgotten that the members of my PLN were learners too.
And it wasn’t until I found myself sitting in the audience with them, engaging in the conversations that drive EduCon, that I remembered it – they had come here to learn with and from others, too. Just as I had.
EduCon, if nothing else, is a gathering of learners that seeks a dialogue about what learning could/should/would look like, with others that are asking the same kinds of questions. Some people come with solution proposals. Some people come with ideas that they want help in fleshing out and solidifying. Others want to share what possibilities they’ve explored. And still others just want to know what questions they need to be asking.
I’m very fortunate to be going to EduCon again this year, to ask a few questions of my own. I will be co-facilitating a MakerEd Design Sprint conversation with my friends Laura Blankenship, Andrew Carle, and Sylvia Martinez. Our abstract is as follows:
[pullquote4 quotes=”true” align=”center”]Move beyond a shopping list version of Maker Culture and design projects for “Monday, not someday.” With the support of veteran educators with MakerEd experience, participants will form small teams for MakerEd design sprints that bring everyone’s expertise and esoteric knowledge to bear on challenging topics for your class, grade or faculty.[/pullquote4]
Hope to see you there!
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