I’m home from the national conference on gifted education and here are the highlights:
1. Byrdseed in Baltimore
This year, I decided to rent a conference room at my hotel and throw an “un-session.” What a blast! I had a lot of fun sharing with some passionate educators. Couldn’t make it? Don’t worry, links, handouts, and slides are all available here.
Huge thanks to those who braved the rain to show up. You made my year!
I shared my three rules for blogging as a teacher:
- Be consistent. Pick an easy schedule and stick to it. Once a month is fine. Take a Sunday morning, brew some coffee, and write up your favorite lesson of the past 30 days. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Add value. In every post, add something that makes life easier for teachers. Include the worksheet you made, add the exact vocab list, write out the five sample problems… anything that teachers can grab, tweak, and use.
- Figure it out later. Don’t spend weeks picking the perfect software, theme, font, etc. You will change it all. Just get going.
3. Speed Geeking
Always a thrill, this is an hour of five-minute presentations where folks share their favorite tech-tools.
Ginger Lewman shared Adobe Voice, an iPad app for creating icon-based movies that looked pretty darn slick.
I shared four tools that I’ve made here on Byrdseed:
Goodbye Baltimore! Your crab was delicious, but it’s nice to be back in warm Southern California!