A week from now, I'll be in Philadelphia. EDUCON 2.3 will be taking place at the Science Leadership Academy. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn from and meet some of the very people that I follow on Twitter. I will have the chance to spend a couple of days in sessions covering a variety of topics. I think I'll get to see:
Chris Craft and Michael Wacker talk about online professional development. It will be interesting to see how other districts are using online PD as we are developing some for ourselves.
Troy Hicks and Christina Cantrill talk about digital writing. I am interested in hearing Troy Hicks speak and getting the opportunity to meet him. I will also get to hear him in February at the Dublin Literacy Conference.
Chris Lehmann, principal at SLA, is speaking about how we can take the learning that occurs at EDUCON back to our districts and continue to work on the topics we have heard about. How do we keep contact with those we learn from and support each other moving forward.
Karl Fisch is part of a panel discussion about the questions - Can Schools Support Student Innovation? His blog, The Fischbowl, is one that I read frequently.
Dean Shareski and Darren Kuropatwa are talking about teaching visual literacy and using youtube. They will be very interesting. I met Dean at BLC10 this past summer, so it will be interesting to see him again. I enjoy reading his posts and hearing about what he is doing. Both of these guys are people I follow on Twitter and read their blogs.
As you can see, there is a wealth of knowledge attending ECUCON, and I believe it will be an outstanding weekend to learn and develop more relationships. I think more people should attend these types of workshops. I will keep you posted as to how it goes and what I find out. Follow me on twitter, @ssibberson, or follow the hashtag #EDUCON. It will be interesting and thought-provoking, I am sure.