Colonial Tech Conference

This tech confweekend I was privileged enough to attend and present at the Colonial Technology Conference at William Penn High School in New Castle Delaware. People love to make fun of Delaware. It is one of the smallest states in the union and gets a really bad rap due to the infamous Wayne’s World bit. Doug Timm has been single-handedly changing the way educators perceive Delaware. His dedication to his #cddolphins is second to none. What I love about Doug is that he thinks globally but works locally. He doesn’t post to social media about what he is doing. His posts highlight what his students are doing. We have talked many times about how important it is to actually walk the walk and not just talk the talk. People came from Texas, NJ, and Virginia, (@techedupteacher, @sarahdateechur, @nicholasendlich, @theEdsanet, @btcostello, and myself) all to attend and present the conference because of Principal Timm. That is the kind of inspiring and dedicated leader he is. Not only does he inspire teachers, his call to arms should have all administrators rallying around their staff’s and showing what great things they are doing. Read more his charge here. 

The drive down to the conference was enjoyable. I was able to vox with @nicholasendlich and @btcostello all the way down. This prepped me for the learning I was about to encounter. I arrived early to hang out with @theEdsanteT and @rosy_burke who decided to roll in late and leave me hanging by myself. This was fine as I was able to eat like a pig and not have to worry about talking with my mouth full. The food choices were superb. They had a healthy option of fruit, a decent option of bagels, and the dreaded donuts. Coffee was in full supply and this made me very happy. Nick and Brian rolled in and we started talking and laughing early and often.

Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) was the keynote speaker. I have followed him for years and knew that his site freetech4teachers.com was second to none. This man pushes out content like no other. His youtube channel has how-to videos that make tech so easy. We were able to talk before his keynote and he was personable and entertaining. His keynote went off with a couple of technological hitches which he handled like the pro he is. The highlight of his speech was when he told teachers to share their plans and not just on teachers pay teachers. This is a philosophy that I have embraced and trumpeted myself over the years. Lift education up. Help students from all over the world by sharing what we are doing for FREE. Rant over.

Richard’s session on creating videos and pictures was very informative. I have been to conferences where I have not learned a ton. This was not the case on Saturday. When you go to youtube and hit upload there is a slew of options. One of the best options is to create a photo slideshow. Click here  to see how to do it. The slideshow took seconds to create and there are over 150,000 free songs to choose from. I was so excited to learn about this that I created this video after my family went to sleep the night of the conference. I highly recommend you follow Richard on Twitter and follow his youtube channel.

Lunch was fun. There were plenty of food, drinks, and connections being made. The afternoon presenters each was introduced and told to speak about their sessions. Some people danced in while others did this:

The conference was awesome and I was stoked to learn a lot. All of that paled in comparison to the fact that I was able to spend quality time with Nick, Rosy, Brian, Doug, Amanda, Sarah, and Lori. Relationships mean the world to me. Without them, we are just boats floating along an endless ocean. Together we are a fleet that can watch out for the wrath of Poseidon and help each other achieve the impossible. Thank you Doug, and the Colonial School District for allowing me to attend and present at this wonderful conference.

Q1: How often do you use Youtube to show videos in your class? #slowchatpe

Q2: Do you use youtube to create content for your students? Examples? #slowchatpe

Q3: How have you used youtube to create PD for educators? Examples? #slowchatpe

Q4: How do your students use youtube in your class? #slowchatpe

Q5: What youtube channels do you follow? #slowchatpe

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