Hi, I’m David and I’m a DENaholic! It’s been two days since my last face-to-face DEN conversation, and yes, Skype counts. I can’t sleep. I’m nervous that I’m not making sound educational decisions about my iPad project. Ideas are slamming against the sides of my skull and there’s no one around who truly understands. They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I did! Can someone help, please?!?!
I’ve decided to start a group called DEN-A, DENaholics Anonymous. It will be an online space where DENaholics, like myself, can go to get the help they need. Not only will be a member, but I will also be the club president! (Who remembers that line?)
All right, enough of that! I’m not really starting that group, but I think I, and a lot of you, could use it. Google Hangouts here I come!
Let’s be honest. You can’t go to adult summer camp with 170 or so like minded, passionate, and just a little bit crazy ed tech teachers for a week, get your geek on, and just come home and back to reality. Life, at least for us, doesn’t work that way.
DENSI 2012, #densi2012, was the best professional development that I’ve experienced this year. The caliber of Stars was simply amazing. Look at their home addresses and you’ll find that we, the Stars, came from all across the US, many Provinces (that’s Canada, just in case you didn’t know), England, and Romania. Yeah, Romania! Spend a few minutes talking to Catalin and you’ll be ready to get your passport and tickets and head to Bucharest to check out what he’s doing there.
In my opinion, the best part of this experience was, and always has been, the bonding time. Hanging out with old friends, quickly making new friends, learning more about our DEN team members (I know what Hall’s world record is in!), and gaining perspective into their educational and personal worlds makes this so powerful.
Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid, and I want more. Lots MORE! I’m HOOKED! And guess what? You are too! You are going to want to go back! We all enjoyed the 10-day countdown before this year’s start, and I know that some of us have already started the countdown to next year. Some of us are already making guesses as to which coast will be chosen, along with possible cities. I’m sure that application video ideas have been sketched out, and scripts have outlined. Why do we do all of this now? Simple: We need the fix!
To ensure that I maintain the integrity of this blog, I don’t want to leave out some iPad stuff. Interested in checking out an earthquake near you? Try iSeismometer. Always wanted to drop a car on someone’s head? Check out Action Movie FX. These apps, and other tricks, came to us courtesy of Hall Davidson, @halldavidson, who is truly an iPad guru. For those looking for less dramatic information, we talked about that too. But, dropping a car on someone’s head trumps app organization anyday.
I’d have to say that the most creative session title goes to Steve Dembo, @teach42, for Geekbumps and Nerdgasms. Without a doubt, there were many of those throughout our time together. And, thanks Steve, for introducing us to Kickstarter, www.kickstarter.com. I’m now $30 poorer and in wait mode for the product that I ‘funded’.
It’s true that all of us have Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or whichever one uses as their favorite social network. We will use these to stay in constant contact with each other. We will Skype, and we will make plans to see each other at conferences. But, it’s just not the same. Having not been a sleep away camp kid, I really didn’t understand what other people were talking about. DENSI, all of the ones I’ve been fortunate to have attended, has made up for that.
I now know why everyone looks forward to sleep away camp. And, you do too!
P.S. – I’ve decided that beginning with this post, I will be cross posting on my blog at www.imtheipadguy.com.