Conversations #85 December 5, 2010

This week we discussed reasons we go to conferences and what we do when we get back to school. Do we become agents of change or do we just continue the week to week routine without making changes based on what we learned by attending the conference?


Chat Log

11:
33:04  Lisa Parisi: Hi Amanda!


11:33:57  marragem: Is there audio yet?


11:34:22  Lisa Parisi: Not yet.


11:35:10  Lisa Parisi: Trying to get it started.


11:35:22  Lisa Parisi: On ustream


11:35:25  marragem: okay – thinking it was my very ordinary mobile broadband
connection



11:35:40  Lisa Parisi: Hello Peggy


11:35:43  PeggyG: Good morning πŸ™‚


11:35:57  PeggyG: Was waiting to hear your voices to log in πŸ™‚
Multitasking…



11:36:22  PeggyG: Great to see you! Didn’t see this on the calendar
last night before I went to bed. Almost missed it.



11:36:51  MariaK: good morning all


11:36:54  PeggyG: That’s wonderful Lisa!! Bringing your principal to
Educon!



11:37:00  MariaK: we will be starting shortly


11:37:04  PeggyG: Sure wish I could go!!


11:37:15  PeggyG: it is getting better every year!!!


11:37:25  PeggyG: I saw that in your last blog post…


11:37:43  marragem: Hi Peggy


11:37:45  PeggyG: how exciting Sheila!!! hope it happens!


11:37:53  PeggyG: Hi Amanda!! Great to see you!


11:38:09  Lisa Parisi: Hi Karen


11:38:10  PeggyG: HI McTeach!!! You’ve been up for hours πŸ™‚


11:38:21  marragem: Hi Karen


11:38:36  PeggyG: @McTeach Sure hope you can find a way to get to
ISTE11!!



11:38:46  McTeach (Karen): Good morning, ladies!!


11:39:51  PeggyG: we’re supposed to do something with all of the new
info???? πŸ™‚



11:39:53  Lisa Parisi: Hi Kath


11:39:59  Lisa Parisi: Peggy, LOL


11:40:05  marragem: early morning, Maria


11:40:07  kathbc: Hi there!


11:40:18  PeggyG: what time is it for you Amanda?


11:40:35  marragem: Just realised it’s Dec 6. Been married 30 years
today



11:40:37  PeggyG: love that!!! summer vacation!!


11:40:42  marragem: Yes, summer vaction


11:40:48  PeggyG: Happy Anniversary Amanda!!! πŸ™‚


11:40:52  marragem: the rainy Sunny Coast


11:41:05  marragem: ipad!!!!!!


11:41:13  PeggyG: hooray!!!!!


11:41:27  PeggyG: I thought you were holding out for that as a
Christmas gift Amanda



11:41:33  McTeach (Karen): Geez….had trouble signing in


11:41:46  marragem: I was, Peggy. Hubby surprised me


11:41:52  PeggyG: too funny Lisa!!!!


11:42:20  PeggyG: now you need to put something new on your Christmas
list, Amanda. itunes card to buy apps????



11:42:27  McTeach (Karen): Peggy…I hope so too!


11:42:37  marragem: You bet, Peggy


11:42:38  PeggyG: Crossing my fingers McTeach!!


11:42:57  marragem: My son has bought me a case


11:43:15  PeggyG: What a special anniversary πŸ™‚


11:43:45  PeggyG: great tip Maria!!


11:43:51  marragem: Psggy it’s 2:45am – just saw that ? Can only
really listen to Conversations on holidays



11:43:54  McTeach (Karen): Me too, Peggy!


11:44:09  PeggyG: you can publish their original stories!!
fantastic!!!



11:44:16  PeggyG: can you add audio to it??


11:44:17  marragem: that’s cool, Maria


11:44:52  McTeach (Karen): Um…what happened?


11:45:01  kathbc: oops, lost you??


11:45:04  PeggyG: my audio hiccupped too πŸ™‚


11:45:06  PeggyG: back now


11:45:09  marragem: same here


11:45:44  PeggyG: I’m hearing so many wonderful things about the ipad
but I can’t justify it yet with both an iphone4 and a macbookpro



11:46:13  MariaK: I am also streaming in ETTA if the audio goes out
just go there – will have a slight delay!



11:46:13  PeggyG: the last ISTE webinar was all about classroom uses
for ipads and ipad management and it was fantastic!



11:46:26  marragem: that’s what my hubby said Peggy…& I havevan
iTouch4 as well



11:46:48  McTeach (Karen): Switched over to ETTA…all is well now.


11:46:59  PeggyG: I’m on ETTA now too


11:47:02  PeggyG: great audio there


11:47:07  MariaK: @peggyG – I can’t justify the ipad for me just yet
either – want to upgrade to the new iphone and bought a new mbpro in june



11:47:28  PeggyG: I’m loving my new iphone4–such a huge improvement
of the 3G



11:48:29  PeggyG: this sounds great Sheila!!! do you have a link?


11:49:47  McTeach (Karen): I thought it was the opposite


11:49:49  PeggyG: that defies all of the research Lisa


11:50:33  PeggyG: so easy to ignore your goal if you don’t tell anyone


11:51:24  PeggyG: there’s much more research on that topic


11:51:46  PeggyG: research can say anything you want it to say


11:52:07  PeggyG: I’ve been looking for your boook πŸ™‚ searched for it
just yesterday



11:52:22  Sheila: Ed Gerety started his career with our school.
http://www.edgerety.com/



11:53:53  Sheila: http://edgeretyblog.com/   Dream Big Blog


11:54:59  Sheila: http://nhcmtc.org    #cmtc10


11:55:30  marragem: hope I get to cmtc one day


11:57:08  PeggyG: I would love to go to cmtc!!


11:57:39  marragem: why do I travel halfway around the world to attend
conferences?



11:58:06  PeggyG: interesting point Maria! just this week I decided
NOT to go to an annual conference I have gone to for years because it isn’t
meeting my needs. Friends are questioning me.



11:59:26  McTeach (Karen): It’s the connections for me, but it’s also
the affirmation.



11:59:36  PeggyG: that’s so valuable to me too Sheila!! it’s the
connections with people that are irreplaceable!



11:59:42  Lisa Parisi: Why do you Amanda?


11:59:47  marragem: was there rum involved, maria?


11:59:48  McTeach (Karen): I need to be around people who share
similar ideas



12:00:14  marragem: For the connections and the conversations, Lisa


12:00:14  McTeach (Karen): Always feel isolated at my school; it’s
frustrating



12:00:35  PeggyG: Me too McTeach and those are serendipitous but
wonderful!



12:01:32  PeggyG: since I am retired I have to pay for all of my
conferences with my own money so I am very selective about where I go and how I
choose to spend my time while I’m there



12:01:38  Sheila: @Karen – the affirmation too. Like-minded people.


12:02:12  marragem: I always have to pay, Peggy. In our context, admin
does not pay



12:02:26  PeggyG: that’s more and more true Amanda


12:02:27  marragem: agree, Lisa


12:02:53  PeggyG: but my difference is I have no income except
retirement income



12:02:58  kathbc: how sad that we can’t say that about our own
districts.



12:03:18  McTeach (Karen): I didn’t notice it in Denver…my first
ISTE



12:04:39  PeggyG: when you do poster sessions or volunteer at ISTE you
get to meet lots of new people and share learning and that’s something that’s
not on the program



12:04:58  PeggyG: incidental learning


12:06:56  PeggyG: meant to post this earlier-did you see this cartoon
about parents and grades? funny and true
http://edudemic.com/2010/06/the-sad-state-of-parenting-cartoon/



12:13:06  PeggyG: there is a difference between getting what you
want/need from a conference and making other people feel inferior and not
accepted



12:13:49  PeggyG: feeling excluded happens frequently in bloggers cafe
unfortunately.



12:15:24  PeggyG: good point Maria!!! you remember that feeling for a
long time


 

12:15:38  McTeach (Karen): So glad Maria talked to me in Denver! πŸ™‚


12:15:56  PeggyG: I’ve been ignored by the best πŸ™‚


12:16:30  Lisa Parisi: I think we all have, Peggy.


12:16:38  kathbc: Actually Lisa, I think they would love to hear you
say that. As they are probably having difficulties as well.  It would be
comforting!



12:16:58  Lisa Parisi: I do say it all the time.  But I feel like
it shuts them down.



12:17:34  PeggyG: that’s an icebreaker comment and sincerely expressed


12:17:50  McTeach (Karen): People want you to be REAL! Because THEY
are real!



12:18:01  PeggyG: I agree McTeach!


12:18:46  kathbc: I think it gives them the ability to try and have
something not work without feeling like failures.



12:19:09  Sheila: I”m a good lurker at Bloggers cafe, etc.
Listening and learning.



12:19:23  McTeach (Karen): Maria said “uber”!!!


12:19:24  PeggyG: me too Sheila and have been for years!


12:20:37  PeggyG: that’s my philosophy Maria!! I can learn something
from everyone!!



12:21:29  Lisa Parisi: Hi Stacy


12:21:30  Sheila: Heard people say this year that the best
conversations happened after the sesions.



12:21:38  stacyk: Hi, better late than never


12:21:40  Lisa Parisi: They always do, Sheila.


12:22:03  PeggyG: what a great memory, Maria! I have that memory too
πŸ™‚



12:22:07  stacyk: You all coming to Philly this summer?


12:22:16  stacyk: Hi everyone!


12:22:21  marragem: I am, Stacy!


12:22:26  MariaK: yes – planning on Philly!


12:22:50  stacyk: So happy to think you’ll all be in my backyard


12:22:50  PeggyG: we had David Warlick as our keynote that year and he
went around everywhere with his ipod and mic recording comments from
teachers–amazing!!!



12:22:56  stacyk: Peggy and I met at Iste Philly


12:23:06  PeggyG: Hi stacyk–I’m coming to Phylly πŸ™‚


12:23:12  Sheila: (Both computers are on the delay)


12:23:13  PeggyG: can spell but can’t type!


12:23:20  stacyk: Great. I’m hoping that meg and I are presenting, so
we’ll see



12:23:28  stacyk: LISA!!! you have to come


12:23:29  stacyk: come


12:23:40  Lisa Parisi: All depends on money, Stacy


12:23:43  PeggyG: wonderful stacyk!!! I’ve submitted a couple of
presentations with others but haven’t heard yet



12:23:50  marragem: yep-that was it for me…the F2F


12:24:00  stacyk: How many states DO have conferences, though?


12:24:01  PeggyG: Sheila and I hope to do a poster session about
Earthcast πŸ™‚



12:24:13  stacyk: Peggy, that would be fun. I remember our blue hair


12:24:31  PeggyG: me too stacyk! still have the photos on my computer
πŸ™‚ that was so much fun!



12:24:46  MariaK: blue hair? was that blue hair with pink jackets?


12:24:46  McTeach (Karen): I sure hope I can get to ISTE…just have
to figure out the money.



12:24:52  stacyk: I share with people in my district


12:24:58  PeggyG: no pink jackets


12:25:05  stacyk: Maria we looked like  Marge Simpson


12:25:12  PeggyG: it was a poster presentation and we all dressed up
πŸ™‚



12:25:27  MariaK: how did I miss that one?!?


12:25:37  stacyk: Yes, you did


12:25:51  Sheila: Two teachers at my school started making pmaking
plans after going.



12:25:57  stacyk: I remember when Lisa was discouraged, but people did
come around



12:26:05  PeggyG: I record many of the sessions I attend at
conferences and listen to them again when I’m back home and have time to focus
and reflect further–then often share the ideas with others



12:26:40  PeggyG: @Maria–we were stopping people in the aisles and
offering chocolate to get them to come to our poster session πŸ™‚



12:26:49  stacyk: I am also thinking about starting a Teacher Tech
Talk like LeeK has. My district is very excited about that…it came from going
to a conference and meeting her



12:27:05  PeggyG: that would be a great idea stacyk!!


12:27:07  Sheila: I think I should touch base with them as time goes
on. less isolation.



12:27:44  McTeach (Karen): Stacy…Teacher Tech Talk?


12:27:46  stacyk: It really helps the district, helps the teachers and
is basically free to the district



12:27:51  PeggyG: I think sometimes we incorporate things we learn
about at conferences and it internalizes so quickly that we don’t even realize
where we learned about it



12:28:08  marragem: I don’t talk much about my takeways from
conferences at my school – no-one wants to listen much…real tall poppy
syndrome



12:28:08  Lisa Parisi: I would agree, Peggy.


12:28:10  stacyk: Hi, Karen, Yes. I’m going to produce a 15 minute
show that teachers can view on their own time over the comptuers



12:28:15  stacyk: computer


12:28:21  Lisa Parisi: Yes, Amanda.  Me, too.


12:28:24  stacyk: Then they can call me later if they are interested
in finding out more



12:28:31  McTeach (Karen): That’s awesome, stacy!


12:28:41  Lisa Parisi: It’s why I’m glad my principal is coming to
Educon. So we can talk about it on the ride home.



12:28:47  stacyk: I got the IT people involved so if they had updates
they could use that as a communication tool



12:28:51  Lisa Parisi: She can be much more of a change agent than I
can.



12:29:00  stacyk: Did any of you sign your admins up for the discovery
event?



12:29:03  PeggyG: I know that feeling Amanda! that’s often why we blog
or share info on wikis so when people inquire we have a way to share it–rather
than pushing it on them before they’re ready



12:29:10  marragem: wish my admin would attend conferences


12:29:33  Lisa Parisi: Stacy, I can’t my teachers to sign up.


12:29:40  stacyk: Admins in NJ are so much under fire right now, but
the Discovery one might be a place to start



12:29:49  Sheila: (But we shouldn’t talk about our goals πŸ˜‰


12:29:54  Lisa Parisi: LOL


12:29:55  stacyk: I actually signed my admin up and then let her
decide



12:30:01  PeggyG: we have always offered special admin sessions with
dinner with the keynote before all of our AzTEA conferences–you have to bring
an admin to participate πŸ™‚



12:30:34  stacyk: I think my admins are becoming afraid that I’m
learning more than they are



12:30:51  PeggyG: that’s probably true stacyk!


12:31:14  PeggyG: principals have to spend so much time managing and
leading that they don’t often take time to learn new things



12:31:16  stacyk: Maybe we need to get a group of US together to do
training for admins and student teachers. They are both at the same end of the
spectrum



12:31:23  marragem: my principal’s even told me that she knows less
than me when it comes to ICT’s – but she doesn’t want to learn



12:31:26  MariaK: waiting for sheila


12:31:31  MariaK: yes we can hear sheila


12:31:35  PeggyG: that’s sad Amanda


12:31:53  marragem: it is, Peggy


12:31:55  stacyk: Another thing I do is send my kids down to the
office with the laptops to show the principal what they are doing. Kind of
embarrasses her



12:31:58  PeggyG: no that isn’t what retirement means Maria!!!


12:32:03  Lisa Parisi: My principal readily admits I know more than
her.  But she is willing to learn.



12:32:12  PeggyG: you WILL stay involved!!! πŸ™‚


12:32:32  MariaK: @peggyG – I know – don’t want it to be that way


12:32:34  PeggyG: yeah! Sheila!!


12:32:35  stacyk: glad I could stop in


12:32:43  PeggyG: great to see you stacyk!!!!


12:32:48  stacyk: conferences are a fun way of being motivated


12:32:51  PeggyG: can’t wait to see you in Philly!!


12:33:04  stacyk: Hope to see many of you in Philly


12:33:22  Lisa Parisi:  http://ettconversations.blogspot.com/


12:33:31  stacyk: Have a great week, everyone


12:33:37  PeggyG: that would work Sheila–help them to make
connections with others



12:33:39  Lisa Parisi: Bye everyone.


12:33:47  marragem: yout too, Stacy


12:33:47  Lisa Parisi: Thank you so much for coming.


12:33:54  McTeach (Karen): Thanks again, ladies!


12:34:00  PeggyG: thanks everyone! enjoyed the conversation!! always
lots of food for thought πŸ™‚



12:34:12  marragem: thanks girls


12:34:18  stacyk: Holiday delimmas?


12:34:33  PeggyG: that would be a great topic stacyk πŸ™‚


12:34:41  stacyk: Gift ideas for very little money


12:34:46  stacyk: bye


12:34:58  marragem: Bye everyone


12:35:02  stacyk: do you even GIVE gifts to students for the holidays?


12:35:20  marragem: yes, I give my kiddos a pressie


12:35:21  stacyk: Do you accept gifts from parents at that time of year?


12:35:29  Lisa Parisi: Little bags of winter goodies…I have kids who
don’t celebrate holidays



12:35:38  Lisa Parisi: I accept anything


12:35:40  stacyk: How to keep your stress level down during that time


12:35:42  PeggyG: beautiful day here in Phoenix-mid 70’s πŸ™‚


12:35:43  MariaK: send us those ideas and topics!


12:35:45  marragem: I hope it does too, Maria


12:35:51  PeggyG: stress and holidays is a great topic


12:35:56  stacyk: I give and get as well, but I know in some schools
it’s not allowed



12:36:08  PeggyG: bye Sheila πŸ™‚


12:36:15  Sheila: bye~


12:36:19  marragem: bye Sheila


12:36:27  Sheila: πŸ™‚


12:36:37  stacyk: Off to bake. have a wonderful Sunday.

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