Friday, 9 October 2015

ULearn15 - Overview

Firstly, before I say anything else, I just want to say the hugest of thanks to Jenna and Class Dojo. You guys truly made me feel so appreciated and valued and more importantly welcome into this massive CD whanau. It was an absolute pleasure being able to go to ULearn on behalf of Class Dojo and I was able to talk with a lot of people about the app and share ideas, swag and Twitter handles!

This year - I honestly think I've got the hang of conferencing. It truly is all about the networking, the learning, the building on ideas and collaboration, sharing and listening. I feel sometimes though that my conference experience may differ from others purely because I've put a lot of effort into getting to know lots of awesome educators and learning as much as I can to help my own practice and my school too.

I was overwhelmed by how awesome the keynotes were from Grant Lichtman and Pat Snedden. Totally inspired by four out of the five breakouts I went to. Loved the breakout that Nathaniel and I presented at and wish we'd even had more time to delve into the more deeper stuff than we'd done. Maybe next year! :)

I've written screeds of tweets and some notes for different breakouts and keynotes.

Barely wrote a thing during Pat's korero because I was utterly transfixed by everything he was saying.

Spent most of my time in Ann Lieberman's keynote sorting out the wifi and Tweetdeck issues - gave up and used my data and created the Day One ULearn Storify. Totally redundant now because it will be ridiculous to try and do a day 2 and day 3... there must be a better filtering system so I can search for time periods?

Really liked what she had to say and I think it's important to be aware of ongoing leadership and growing ourselves.
Am still perplexed by the messages from our Political members that came to conference to speak but I suppose there will always be an agenda - no matter whose it is...

Still stoked at the number of Class Dojo bags I was able to give away and wish I'd taken more each day because I kept running out!

Feeling like I need to really think through the perspectives and whakaaro from all the speakers and put everything together over the next 24 hours. Another update to come soon. Sleep for now! :)

Lastly, a massive thank you to all of the awesome newbie bloggers that came to our workshop. You were all super supportive and hope you have all been inspired to start/keep writing!

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