The 2006 DEN National Leadership Conference has come to a close.
This morning, we were treated to a showcase of the work that each team created over the course of the week — if this was a barometer of the success of the conference, then I can testify that it was a resounding hit. From an incredibly poetic video about the National Parks, to a robust wiki page full of integrated resources (discoveramerica.wikispaces.com), I’m not exaggerating when I say that the projects the teams created were nothing short of astounding. We’ll be packaging them up and creating a space on the website where the entire DEN can benefit from them.
The week was such a whirlwind that I haven’t had a chance yet to completely digest everything. Although we had many ‘big moments’ this week – I think my favorite was a smaller one. This morning, after the showcase was complete, Kathryn Staton called me over and, with the enthusiasm of a second grader who’d lost their first tooth, said "Betsy! You have to see my movie!!! I’ve never done this before!! Look what I did!!" Her movie, created in Adobe Premiere Elements, using clips from unitedstreaming with her own footage and voiceover, was fantastic. She’d never used Elements before, never storyboarded, never created a movie. And now, she’s a burgeoning Spielberg. The look of pride on her face made me proud to call myself a member of the DEN.
To all of the participants in the conference, I give you my warmest "Two finger salute." It was an honor getting to know you all this week and I can’t wait to see what we all will create together this year!
What was your favorite moment of the week?!