It’s been 2 full days since I got home from the BLC Conference in Boston and I am still trying to digest all of the information and incredible learning that was going on.
While I may not have a beautiful, synthesized, and comprehensive post about all that I have learned and all that I will be doing with the tools and resources from the conference, I do think it’s important to share a few of my thoughts and takeaways from the week right now. (after all, I did say this would be a messy journey into blogging… bear with me!)
- Silvia Tolisano’s session on Digital Portfolios and Documenting Learning has completely inspired me. Why else would I be starting to write this blog post at midnight?
- Tracy Cox shared “My Favourite No'” during her session on Failing to Learn. I love that the teacher picks a “no” to go over with the class in order to help everyone learn from mistakes and receive immediate feedback. Mistakes = Information!
- 19 year old Shaya Zarkesh blew my mind with his PolyUp keynote. Not only is this an app that I will most definitely be playing with over the summer (in order to use it with my Grade 2 class this year), his keynote was so incredibly inspiring.
Highlight – the 6 pillars of a good learning environment:
- Paul Emerich France’s session on The Paradox of Personalized Learning has changed the way I integrate technology in the classroom. He shared 4 questions to ask before using technology; Will it… Minimize complexity? Maximize humanity? Enhance connection? Reimagine learning?
- My last takeaway for tonight (and quite possibly the best takeaway of the whole conference) was the learning community that I built. I connected with so many educators in person and online from this conference. I look forward to continuing to stay globally connected and collaborate with them… WE LEARN BETTER TOGETHER!
I curated a collection of tweets from the conference if you’re curious about what other educators shared as their takeaways.
While I continue to digest, think about, and develop the ideas and information from Building Learning Communities, I am excited to dive into my next PD summer reading book; Lost At School. Stay tuned!