Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NETA 2015! iTry iCan iLearn iSucceed





iCAN say that NETA 2015 is where iLEARNED with the most "M"-azing People!

This was my very first NETA conference ever and my first time presenting!  I can sum up my whole experience in one word..."M"-AZING!!!!!  I have to admit when I left that Friday afternoon I felt like my brain couldn't possibly retain one more piece of knowledge if I tried!  I spent the weekend looking back at my notes and reflecting upon my whole experience.  This blog is my personal reflection about the BEST professional development that I ever had the privilege to attend! 

The Keynote Speakers!

Selfie with Adam Bellow!
The first day began with Keynote speaker Adam Bellow.  From the moment he popped out of the box onto the stage, I new I was in for a treat!  The word inspiration doesn't seem to do justice to presentation he shared with us that morning.  I was mesmerized by his ability to connect with each of us in the room, much like we do with our own students.  He stressed the importance of trying new things, accepting the idea that failing gives you an opportunity to try again, and to be okay with failing for our failures teach us just as much as our success if not more.  His passion about educational technology and making personal connections permeated his presentation.  As I looked around the room at the faces of other attendees I couldn't help but think how lucky I was to share in this experience with so many passionate educators!



The second day Keynote speaker was George Couros.  Once his keynote started, I was completely engrossed in everything he had to say!  I leaned on every word.  He is a true storyteller.  One minute he has you laughing and the next you have tears rolling down your cheeks.  He reached the heart and minds of who we are as educators and the profound effect that we have with our students.  He reitterated over and over the idea of "connecting."  He shared that surrounding himself with people who were passionate about what they did was a game changer for him in education.  Twitter was his way to connect with people who shared in his passion and with whom he build a professional learning network.  I loved his quote "TEACHERS ARE ONLY ISOLATED IF THEY CHOOSE TO BE!" 


George's videos that he included in his presentation pulled on your emotions!  Either you were laughing or you were crying, and sometimes you were doing both at the same time (or at least that was my experience).  I have to include my favorite video of the conference called "BE MORE DOG!"
 
 His message that we as educators need to build strong connections with our students and include times to be more playful in your teaching and learning was profound.  He stressed the importance of creating an environment that promotes innovation!  Allow students to create, share, and connect with the world!  AMEN!!

The standing ovation at the end of his presentation came as no surprise!   He connected with hundreds of educators and took us on a journey of laughter and tears.  It's a journey that I won't forget!

What an "M"-azing Journey!!  Traveling With Michelle Boyce

My First NETA Presentation

Stick-Around App Creator Tony Vincent
Okay, I would be lying if I said I wasn't completely petrified when I walked into the room I would be presenting in.  My stomach felt like it had been on a Tilt-A-Whirl for days.  When it was time to present I had a great pep talk inside my head...."You can do this!"  Once the doors shut and our presentation was up, all things became surprisingly easy!  I knew once I started sharing that my passion would take over, and it did!!  As I looked at the crowd I came to the realization that those in attendance genuinely were interested in what I was saying.  The creator of the Stick-Around App, Tony Vincent was in the audience, how cool was that!!  (I was excited because we use his app all the time and within our presentation we shared with educators what a great resource it is to use in the classroom!) The laughter, oohs or ahhs, and body language of the participants fueled my brain and energized me!  I transitioned from nervous to confidence within the first five minutes!  The Keynote that I had worked on was ingrained in my brain and I knew that what I wanted to share was important and relevant to those attending.  As the Keynote came to an end I was shocked to feel that I wish I had more time to share!  WOW!! Talk about a transition! 


"M ANN M" Presenting at  NETA2015
The best part about the whole presentation for me was the preparing for it with two very dynamic colleagues, Ann Feldmann and Michelle Boyce.  
We are the three "M ANN M's" that worked diligently to share our
iTry iCan iLearn iSucceed iPad classrooms with others.
It is "M"-azing what you can do with passionate people!  



Thanks to the experiences I shared with all the inspiring people I met at NETA, I am ready to challenge myself to "BE MORE DOG!"  I can't wait for next year!





10 comments:

  1. Great post Michelle! Love how you are always sharing out!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I had such an "M"-azing time! I wish all teachers could have heard the Keynote speakers!

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  2. Thanks for sharing about the Keynote speaker on Friday since I wasn't able to be there. Your blog post always inspire me to go the extra mile and try something new.

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    1. You have done "M"-azing things with your second graders!!! I love learning from each other!!!

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  3. Great post and Great points, Michelle! Never forget you are so much more than "just" a third grade teacher. Never let a reporter back you into a corner ;)

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    1. Thanks Garrett!! I am LOVING my OSMOS by the way!!!!

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  4. Sounds like you had an "M"-azing time at NETA! What an awesome experience to attend the conference for the first time but also to present! Way to Go! I hope you learned some new things that you can bring back to your classroom and use. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. If you ever have the opportunity to attend....DO IT!!! It was the best professional development I ever had the opportunity to participate in!! I came back with SO many ideas. I have already started using the OSMOS thanks to a fellow colleague (Garrett Sims!!).

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  5. Great post, Michelle. I would have loved to have been able to attend your presentation. I love your t-shirts and the M ANN M bit...hilarious :) I really miss working with you!

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    1. Hi!! So GREAT to hear from you! I am hoping to present at the iOS Summit here in Bellevue in July. If so, you can come see it!! I have taught with so many wonderful people in my career!! Thanks for being one of them!!

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