So this is me forcing myself back into the writing habit.
I spent my Summer doing what many of my colleagues do: I learned new things and prepared for the year to come. I began my Summer by putting in some extra hours, preparing for our annual EVSC eRevolution Conference, which was part of the Indiana Department of Education's Summer of eLearning. I've already written about the Summer of eLearning in an earlier post, but I would like to add that our conference went very well, as did the other Summer of eLearning conferences that I attended. The IDOE did an awesome job documenting the learning through their eLearning Pulse blog, and you can also get a sense of this initiative via this video:
The eRevolution played host to over 800 attendees from more than 100 school districts, universities and other organizations. We offered more than 200 sessions over two days around a diverse collection of topics. We also were able to bring the talents of Eric Sheninger, Yong Zhao, Adam Bellow, Leslie Fisher and Meg Ormiston to Evansville. What a gift to have had the chance to learn with so many passionate educators. We plan to host our 6th eRevolution on July 9 and 10, 2014, so if you've never been to an eRevolution, I hope you will consider attending next year.
|I finally caught up with Twitter-Hero Shelly Terrell!|
I have to say that one of the biggest highlights of the Summer of eLearning was getting to see one of our own EVSC students keynote at the Greater Clark conference. If you haven't seen it already, I hope you will check this out:
|Me with fellow SEA, Kyle Pace|
I encourage you to check out the Sony Education Ambassador website. you can also find links to my SEA posts on my Sony Post Page.
All in all it was a full Summer. I read some great books, learned some new tricks, and had enough time to dream about and begin planning for this new academic year. I told my wife recently that I couldn't wait to get back to work. I do better with the structure of a work week. It means that I have an opportunity to put my ideas into action and to bang the rust off of skills I haven't used during the break, like the writing habits I mentioned earlier.
I hope everyone had a fulfilling and inspiring Summer, and I hope you are returning to your work with the same sense of possibility and purpose that I feel.
The Playground Advocate is back at recess. Tell your friends:)
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