The annual pilgrimage to TechForum, IL

Each spring for the past number of years I have travelled to Illinois for the annual TechLearning conference. (The first one I went to was in SanDiego – it was beautiful there, though the Eaglewood Resort is nice also.)

Today looks like it will be the keynote by Max Megee, the President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA). He is going to discuss what leaders at all levels can and must do to assure colleagues and communities have the necessary resources to provide students with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to compete and collaborate in their professional lives.

After the keynote, the plan is:  Google Apps and Other Ventures in the Cloud,” the always before lunch industry spotlight session, leading a roundtable on Google Apps & Wikis in the classroom, and then not sure what.  Blog posts for each will appear throughout the day.  Happy Friday! 🙂

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s TechForum Keynote

I know – collaborate, share, we learn from each other, the expertise comes in pooling our brains and sharing our stories, the sage on the stage is old-school. Sometimes I really enjoy old school. I like taking time out to listen to, not just read, the ideas and approaches of others in the technology-leadership arena. It was fun to take an hour and listen to Sheryl share her thoughts on Schools for the 21st Century. In fact, her presentation is available through the TechForum Ustream site – it is definitely worth the time.

Friday Morning at TechForum…

When I was in college I went to East Berlin twice, the first time when it was still East Berlin, the second after the city had merged with West Berlin and both were again Berlin. On that second visit, the streets had familiarity but the Berlin Wall was gone (save the sections almost guarded like a museum), and while the buildings that once housed the East German government looked similar they were closed – their “lives” changed.  I enjoyed recognizing where I was – remembering the stories of the buildings and city and honoring those changes, that second visit was equally powerful as the first in a different way. a powerful visit.

I felt the same type of feeling as I looked around the morning networking and breakfast time at today’s TechForum. This is my second time in Chicago for this wonderful conference.  Faces looked similar and echoes of last year were all around me – I enjoyed hearing in person (not just reading on blogs) what has changed for my new professional friends/network in the past year and look forward to continuing those conversations throughout the day. It has also been fun to personally meet more people who are overtly passionate about technology and education.

This year Tech & Learning is streaming many of their events, will put online many of the sessions we attend, and the handouts and slides are available online also – a valuable resource and if you have some time today, I invite you to poke around on the TechLearning site for this conference and pop in on a session or two (or more) – and you don’t have the hour drive from Midway to the hotel! 🙂