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National PD Lessons Learned

It has been a very busy these past three months and my blog updates have fallen a tad short and somewhat to the wayside as the PD development and national training I provide has taken precedence.  I have kept up with my social networks as of Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook- but am feeling extremely guilty on my professional reflection.  I need to put myself first this time- as I have a little downtime between flights as I head back home after the Chicago Tech Forum and working with national edtech leaders with Intel Education in Naperville, IL this past week.

I had the wonderful privilege and opportunity to co-present with the most lovely Lucy Gray AKA on Twitter @elemenous on “Yes, There is An App For That” at the 2012 ChicagoTech Forum on May 4th. I really enjoyed working and co-presenting with Lucy as she allows me to be highly creative in my presentation contributions, she positively pushes me to a new level of technology learning and demonstration practices, and she constantly models effective communication and collaboration methods. Yes, these high quality innovative traits are the driving force of great women leaders and women business entrepreneurs. I believe our balanced facilitation style complimented our overall presentation as we tag-teamed our iPad technology integration message with our audience members.  Thank you Lucy! I hope we can work together sometime very soon.

Many of you know that the first Friday of every month at 9AM CST, I run a radio broadcast talk show for Intel Teachers Engage Online Community known as “The Digital Buzz.”  Even though I had a commitment of presenting for the Tech and Learning Forum, I still made time to honor my commitment to Intel, and what a better way to interview Rick Herrmann, Intel’s US Sector Public Manager, who was also presenting at this conference. Rick presented at this event on the latest technology innovations that Intel has to offer and the dynamic K12 Blueprint.

We stole some time away during the morning keynote to meet by 9AM near the Starbucks coffeshop within the hotel to broadcast the radio show. Lots of activity was taking place at this Tech & Learning Forum, and it was difficult to find a quiet corner and to ensure that we would have adequate Internet connectivity- but we made it work.  So during the broadcast you will be hearing many passerby’s, background hotel music and spurts of laughter and conversations from attendees.  I really like this “realism” to the radio broadcast as it is authentic and never scripted from a public venue.

Rick’s radio interview was extremely intriguing as we discussed emerging technology conversations topics before the actually live broadcast- to prepare our workflow of content. Rick was so at ease as he discussed several topics relating to k12 technology education. The trending topics we covered included BYOD, the importance of teacher professional development, equity and access to resources and tools for our students and educators, student social fluency skills to prepare them for a global competitive society, and the latest and greatest emerging technologies on the horizon.  

The indepth responses Rick provided to questions I posed for him showcased his global expertise and worldwide interactions and initiatives with individuals in k12schools, business sectors and higher-ed institutions.  I was especially intrigued with Rick’s foresight and guidance of shared strategies and solutions of how to prepare our students for our future. His message also focused on the importance of 21st century skills and fluency experiences students she be immersed in that infuse collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, self-directed learning, equity and access to resources and tools, and reflection on lessons learned. These key learning opportunities are essential to student success and engagement to leverage their own personal learning and the environments they learn within.

This was one of those interviews that inspired me to really reflect on the learning process of the content of the overall message.  It was thought provoking and provided reassurance that we as educational technology leaders can and will make a difference with our educators and students if we too- continue to follow our passions of edtech leadership, modeling of best practices of 21century skills and fluencies and allow for creativity to empower our own learning.  Thank you Rick for making a difference in my edtech world and allowing for me to interview you – where in return I can share your global message with our radio audience on The Digital Buzzmultiple PLN’s and our Intel Teachers Engage  Online Community. 


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