Prompt: Write a post about conferences and professional learning.
Here are some possible topics to help get you started:
- Write a list of the top conferences you want to attend before you retire.
- Have you presented at an academic conference? If so, write about your presentation and share with everyone!
- Write about the most inspiring speaker you’ve seen at a conference, and tell about how it impacted your approach to education.
- Write a post discussing tips for getting the most out of conferences.
- Write a post about what conferences need to do to continue to be a positive force in education.
I love professional learning and conferences! I love them so much I decided to make one of them an annual thing and turn it into a family trip. 🙂
I am sure I am not alone in saying that my district doesn’t pay for a whole lot of conferences. I can see how something like that gets expensive real quick, but conferences are really a valuable learning experience. I have a passion for edtech and so that usually drives my conference interest, as well as academic innovation.
The first conference I used to go to on the regular was CUE (Computer Using Educators). It is a great edtech conference held in Palm Springs, CA in March of every year and is only about a 45 minute drive away. Many educators consider it a warm up to ISTE in June, and I would have to say that is a fair assessment. On the whole it is a great conference and I recommend it.
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is my new regular conference now. It is a massive edtech experience. I have been aware of the annual ISTE conference for years but I first attended in Philadelphia 3 years ago, and attended again this past June in San Antonio. Next year it will be in Chicago. I have been telling my husband that I want he and our 12 year old son to accompany me to make it a family trip and I am excited that this time we will finally be doing that. So ISTE will officially be a family summer trip so I can get my edtech fix, and my son can see the United States. Win-win right?
SXSWEDU is one I only just became aware of about a year or two ago and I have yet to attend. It is held in early March each year in Austin, TX. I am interested in it because it showcases academic innovation and not just edtech. We need so much innovation in education right now! I am hoping to attend next March.
What are some of your favorite conferences? Share with me in the comments below. 🙂