I can vividly remember Steve Dembo walking up to me, as I was chatting with Pernille Ripp and Diana Laufenberg at ICE in February and asking if he could chat with me for a few minutes about business.
I can vividly remember Steve talking to me about the Virtual Conference in April and finally realizing he invited me to be the closing keynote.
I can vividly remember working on my presentation for the next two months.
But — smiles, the entire keynote presentation on April 20th from noon to 1 PM (California time) is a blur.
Luckily I had a lot of friends who had listened in — and gave critiques later….and grins — there is a video recording (sighs) –
But I still am rolling it around in my head.
I had 3 goals in mind.
#1 — I wanted to be Jen.
I had a script – but I did not wish to be scripted. I knew my content and had the words nearby just in case I got flustered or started to “squirrel”.
#2 — I wanted to remind educators in the room NOT to lose connections with other educators on their campus.
This was so important to me — they need us, we need them….and labeling them unapproachable does harm for both parties.
#3 — I wanted to encourage others to try new things.
Hmmm — I am not sure if I shared anything “BRAND” new to the group I was presenting to. The extension ideas for Mystery Skype seemed to go over well as well as the Google Doc of Connecting Opportunities — where over 80 teachers are saying “Yes, I want to Connect”!!
So, all in all — I think I met my personal goals.
What I would do next time –
a. Not give unnecessary information
…..smiles, the reason I don’t participate in #CAEDCHAT on Sunday nights is that I am with friends and we watch Amazing Race. I have rule that when I am with friends, all devices are off — so that is why I do not participate in #CAEDCHAT — but smiles, that will change in 5 or 6 weeks when Amazing Race is over — (but I did not need to mention Amazing Race in my session)
b. Have another computer to watch the chat.
I had asked my pal, Dennis Grice, to come and help with the keynote and he watched the chat. In hindsight, I am sad I was not watching the chat — and next time, I think I need to be able to present & be conscious of the back-channel.
PS: If you liked the look of the prezi — BIG THANKS to Dennis who tinkered with it that morning and made it look so so nice.
c. Have more qualitative data.
I can tell you with 100% certainty how important it is to connect with your fellow teachers & staff. I can assure you that We (many of us) are building a huge chasm between us (the tech users) and them (the non) — which is harming our students. I can promise you that relationship and working together WILL make a difference on our campuses…
But I need to back that up with proven statistics rather than just my personal thoughts.
I would love to hear your thoughts — if you were listening in on Saturday.
And if you were not a part — but might want to see what it was all about — here is the link to EVERYTHING!
Also, I forgot to mention in the keynote but included in the presentation notes are links to 16 blog posts which were influential in my growing of this keynote! ENJOY!