Keynote Reflections

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!


One comment

  1. Lori says:

    I couldn’t be there live, but have spent time today looking at your resources! I can’t imagine the actual keynote was anything but fantastic! I will try to listen to the archive soon! I’m confident many learned new ideas and will continue to connect and share!

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