The first presentation I attended was a vendor sponsored one, that while the people doing the presenting were very knowledgeable about their product, the product itself just didn’t get my attention (and yes I have tried the product before) and won’t be using it in my classroom. I got up and left during the break and found a table in the sit-down area and did some school work.
Lunch was great, I got to see people (Rich, Jim, and Craig) and some others who are part of my PLN and talked with or follow their Tweets on Twitter. Then I got to talk with a couple of people that I haven’t seen since the summer conference it was great catching up on old times and what they are doing now.
As a relatively new convert to the Cult of Mac (last January), I wanted to get some training on how to use my MacBook more effectively, so I purposely signed up for more Apple presentations.
MacBook, iPod, iPad, Oh My! Mobile Learning with Apple – Presenter: Paul Facteau, Development Executive Working Lifestyle. Paul was a very knowledgeable and able presenter who discussed what are effective workflows for students. How to use what they already have been using to push content to their devices. How do we produce a seamless and flawless learning experience – integrated process – needs to be streamlined and useable. We discussed using the toaster tech method to determine usefulness – if any more difficult than that people won’t use.
Paul – presented how to use the lesser known features on the MacBook in Services – Dictionary, Summarize, iTunes Talk and he showed us how to use the ePub publishing features in Pages to create your own electronic book. We discussed iTunes University and how Maine has its own site there.
We also got to “play with some iPads and the new iPod Touch. These were all things that I didn’t really know about – Services I had seen, but never realized what it was. I even learned how to use CMD-Tab to switch between programs – I had seen others do it, but had never figured out how they did it.
The keynote by Angela Meiers and Vicki Davis simply rocked. It was a great presentation and I live Tweeted some of the highlights of what they said. I wonder how many people in the audience have felt like one of the crabs trying to escape?
Reaching All Learner’s – Apple Accessibility in Education (Special Education; All) – Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Manager, Education – Apple, Inc. Another session where I learned the little things I can do with the MacBook, that I hadn’t been looking for or using previously. There is just something about attending a professional development session where someone actually shows you how to use a tool’s lesser known capabilities, that could really make your life a lot easier, without any more work.
Challenge Based Learning – Take Action and Make a Difference, (7-12) – Jim Moulton, Education Development Executive – Apple, Inc. What can I say it was Jim Moulton, he is a fantastic presenter. It was an introduction to Challenge Based Learning. A direction that I believe we need to go more towards. Enough so that I sent an email to each of my students to see if anyone was interested in doing the current CBL challenge WatchMeGraduate. I wonder if I will any of them will be interested?
My after lunch session was a little disappointing, I had thought the topic would be helpful to me in class, but it ended up being a poorly presented session. The person was very knowledgeable about the subject, just not a very good presenter. However, I will not disparage anyone who doesn’t work for one of the “companies” and is just one of us educators, who had the courage to at least make an effort to make a presentation, when so many of us didn’t (me included).
My last session was another vendor session, who while knowing his product line very well, just wasn’t what I had envisioned from the title.
- That the ACTEM folks did a GREAT job of putting it together
- That unless I am actually using or planning to use a product to not attend vendor presentations
- That seeing people from my PLN face-to-face is fun and necessary
- That not everyone is a good presenter and that we need to be patient with those who are not the professionals – other education professionals who volunteered to attempt a presentation.
“Do the right thing for the right reason”
- MacBook Air Apparent: I Have Never Used My Computer’s Optical Drive (techcrunch.com)