Palm Beach County Technology Conference – A Decade of Change

I want to say a HUGE thank you to STAR DEN and LC member Lee Kolbert for inviting me down for the Palm Beach County Technology Conference. Having sat through the first session and the keynote I’m so very impressed. Impressed with all the hard work that is very apparent to have gone in to pull such a HUGE event like this off, but also to Palm Beach County for funding such a GREAT learning opportunity.

I had to run out of the opening keynote by Dr. Tim Tyson to take a phone call from my wife ( sorry :( ) Session A I split between a session on using iPods in the Reading Curriculum. I’ve about 600 dollars from a fund raiser I just ran at my school, and I’m thinking this is a GREAT idea to start. Their total budget was through the roof, however, they were using 2 generations old iPod Nanos and insisting on needing an Apple/Mac to run iTunes. I’m pretty certain I can cut their expenditures in half by using 1g iPod Shuffles (39-59 dollars each from the Apple Store) and using hardware I already have a school.

The second 1/2 of session 1 I stopped in Lee Kolbert’s del.icio.us session. She put me on the spot to explain Twitter and diigo to the attendees. Boy did I sound like a bungling idiot there! Thank you for all in my twitterstream who said hello to everyone. For all those who know and see Lee, ask her about the dream she had last night. :)

For the second session I sat in on Dr. Mark Benno’s presentation titled: “Teaching and Learning Tomorrow, Today”. Impressive stuff. This was the first time I sat in on a presentation given by Dr. Benno. I left there with plenty of catch phrases and thoughts to take back and share with my administration. One of the most impressive quotes he shared was from Dr. James Dewey: “…if we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”

Will do more blogging for session 3 and 4 later. Might ask Lee or Melissa or any other DEN member that was here to share their thoughts.

Tom.

Comments

  1. Lee Kolbert

    Tom,
    First of all, you did NOT, not, NOT, sound like a bungling idiot explaining Twitter. Here’s a little secret…. I asked you to explain it, because I knew I couldn’t. (Shhhh!) I LOVED having you there and it really contributed to the camaraderie of the DEN community of South Florida that you, Carole Gooden, Cheryl Woolwine and Karen Seddon, all traveled in just for the conference. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your efforts, especially under your family’s circumstances, and I do hope you found the conference to be a valuable learning experience. I’ve posted some pics on Flickr and you can there from here: http://macmomma.blogspot.com/2008/04/some-pics-from-conference.html

  2. Lee Kolbert

    I forgot to mention the dream…. Ok, here goes. Truth is, I was MAKING THIS UP! During my presentation on using del.icio.us, I asked for a volunteer to register for a del.icio.us account. A nice gentleman raised his hand and offered, so as he walked to the computer to demonstrate for us, I was making conversation. You know, what’s your name, what do you do, etc. Well he said that he was a doctor and that he was a psychologist. So, I told him that I could use to talk to him after this session because I’ve been having these recurring dreams these past few nights that I’ve been giving breakout presentations….naked! Everyone laughed (intended) and he said, “very common.” Ooops, did he take me seriously? It was pretty funny though. It sort of became the running theme of my breakout session. So, there you go. That’s my naked breakout session dream story. :)

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