Instead of attempting to summarize my incredible trips to Flipcon and ISTE, here is a collection of images from these events that I think exemplify the best part of these conferences: experiences and relationships.
FlipCon 14 (Mars, PA)
Welcome to Mars!
The residents of Mars, PA hosted a great event for us that included local food, a car show, a miniature train, and of course, the Mars space ship.
Flipping Social Studies Event
"Level Up with Gamification & Game Based Learning" Featured Session
Flipping 2.0 Panel Discussion
With Kristin Daniels, Kate Baker, Audrey McLaren, Cheryl Morris, Troy Cochrum, Andrew Tomasson, Jason Bretzman, & Heather Witten.
A Night at the Carnegie Science Center
Watching "Back to the Moon" in the Planetarium
"Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement" Book Signing
With Crystal Kirch, Delia Bush, Kristin Daniels, Steve Kelly, Jon Thomas-Palmer (doing flip), Jon Bergmann, Aaron Sams, & Brian Bennett.
Flipping With Hip Hughes
With Jon Bergmann
Mastery Learning Cycles
True, these are not pictures, but this session was incredible. Here are a few screenshots from Hassan Wilson's presentation. Check out his Flipcon recap post here.
ISTE2014 (Atlanta, GA)
Meeting FlipCon Crew Upon Arrival
With Kate Baker
The Blogger's Cafe
Meeting Karl, Enough Said
ISTE Young Educators Network
With Jenny Schlie-Reed, Robert Provonost, Victoria Olson, Krista Moroder, and Karl Lindgren-Streicher.
Testing Out The New Anatomy 4D App in Blogger's Cafe
Playing With Sphero in Blogger's Cafe
With Roshni Mirchandani, Cathy Sanford, Erin Brouillette, Carrie Sorensen, Dana Borrelli-Murray, Jeanne D'Agostino, Eric Butash, Shawn Rubin, & Stephanie Castilla.
As the cliche' goes, that was just the tip of the iceberg. I had the opportunity to meet and have incredible conversations with countless other educators throughout both conferences. Although learning online through social media is valuable, I had underestimated the power of face-to-face conversations at events such as these.
Whether it is an informal meet-up with 5-10 educators, or it is the ISTE conference with thousands, I urge everyone to reach out beyond the social media platform and strengthen relationships by attending live events when possible. Of course, it is not always feasible due to cost, family commitments, etc. I just suggest doing so when you can and making the most out of every opportunity you have!