It was a lonnng day, it really was. Long and exciting and frustrating all at the same time.
Exciting because I heard some of the most inspiring passionate people (and not all were presenters: the between-time conversations were the froth on the latte). Exciting because I wonder if this structure could be translated to other conferences, like AASL’s 2011 conference. Exciting because there were ideas that would move education at my school forward in ways that would truly engage students (and, I think, faculty).
Frustrating because technology didn’t work as well as I’d have liked (bandwidth issues, but also I learned that my idiosyncratic note-taking method does not translate well to a type-as-I-go notes). Frustrating because I think these types of conferences are preaching to the converted and to the possibly persuaded, while what we need to do is find ways to convince the naysayers and “old fogies”. Frustrating because I know that some of the best ideas I got just won’t get put into action at my school (partly through academic inertia and partly because the technology just hasn’t caught up to my brain… yet).
I have pages and pages of notes all ready to be transcribed and put into some coherent format as I puzzle things out (you’re definitely welcome to read and comment!). But that’s a job for another day… my brain’s just not up to it right now.