Last Saturday was the Dublin Literacy Conference. Around 600 teachers from Ohio and the neighboring states came to Dublin, Ohio to learn about literacy and hear speakers cover different topics related to literacy. I have been involved in the conference for many years, providing technology support for the presenters. It has been a very rewarding experience, allowing me to meet many wonderful people and hear many moving speeches. This year was no different. Actually, this may be one of the best conferences in many years.
One thing that was different this year, for me, was that I was one of the presenters. I was given the opportunity to share information about Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers. My presentation focused on tools that teachers could use personally to build their professional learning network. I shared information about Twitter, Google Applications, Flickr, Diigo, Shelfari, and Blogspot - or at least that was my plan. I was able to share quite a bit about Twitter and Google, but found myself time-restricted in the introduction of the other topics. I figured that was what would happen.
I have arranged my blog to include pages that would allow the attendees to go back to my blog and see my presentation, a slide share, as well as other Web 2.0 Resources, which contain Diigo bookmarks that update whenever I add new bookmarks. Teachers seemed to be receptive to the information, even if they were not current users. I tried to give examples of how they could use these tools, both personally and with students. Check out the slideshow and links.