Category Archive: conferences

Aug 07

Finally, My DENSI Recap

I didn’t know what to expect or how I was going to feel. As many of you know, attending DENSI (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute) this year was different for me – I was back as a teacher, not “working” the event as a Discovery Education employee. Overall, there was a lot of excitement. I …

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Jul 28

Why I Attend ISTE

This summer, I attended my 7th ISTE/NECC Conference. I didn’t write up a conference reflection post when I got back, but was thinking recently about why I attend, despite several reasons why it may not be a great idea. The timing of the conference isn’t that great. It falls right in the middle of Summerfest and …

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Jul 08

Define Rock Star

It starts with a tweet. This took me a VERY long time to write. No More Rock Stars – http://t.co/y4MyoLCBZa I welcome your thoughts and pushback. — Michelle Baldwin (@michellek107) July 8, 2013   And then a discussion breaks out.  Tonight, it centered around the idea of ed tech “Rock Stars.”  Michelle Baldwin, Jen Wagner, …

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Jul 01

Remembering #ISTE13

After returning from San Antonio and the ISTE conference, my fourth in five years, a lot of thoughts were racing through my head.  As I tried to think about how I could organize things into something meaningful, I realized that coming up with a bulleted list might be the way to go.  Here we go. …

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Jun 21

Do You Remember Your First Time?

What a difference 5 years makes. This time, back in 2008, I was heading to San Antonio for NECC, a newbie to the Ed tech world. I was traveling to the conference alone, not really knowing anyone with the exception of a few online friends I was hoping to meet face to face for the …

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Feb 28

Retaining Quality Teachers

In my first reflection of EdCamp Madison, I mentioned the final session of the day, centered around finding and maintaining quality teachers.  Interestingly enough, the session was led by a school board member.  I thought it was great that a school board member attended the event, and even more impressive that they led a session. …

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Feb 24

I Went to EdCamp and All I Got Was…

a t-shirt.  Well, that’s not all I got.  I recently attended EdCamp Madison (WI) and enjoyed the day.  It was held at Sun Prairie High School, one of the most beautiful schools I’ve seen.  I joked with my friend Stuart Ciske, who lives in Sun Prairie, that his tax dollars are paying for a great …

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Jan 27

I Have A Job For You

I woke up early on Saturday, January 27th to help out with a virtual event for work, and in the process, learn. The Discovery Educator Network was hosting Techbook LIVE!, a full day professional development opportunity centered around science instruction and Discovery Education’s Science and Social Studies Techbooks. I spent two hours in the morning …

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Oct 23

K12 Online Conference, A Great Opportunity

I’m a big fan of learning.  Educators need to constantly be learning, not only for themselves, but to model learning for their students.  I particularly like learning when it’s free.  And when it’s online where I can learn at my own pace whenever I’d like, from the comfort of my own home or mobile device.  The …

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Jul 02

My Favorite ISTE Tweets

I didn’t attend ISTE this year, but tried to follow along on Twitter as best I could.  There were a lot of great conversations but I was disappointed in the lack of sessions being streamed.  In the past, people would fire up their laptops, open UStream and those not in attendance could follow watch some …

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