Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ISTE 2011: Yes, I am SPOILED

As ISTE 2011 draws to a close this afternoon, I wanted to take a brief opportunity to reflect on one thing: I am extremely SPOILED.


My indulgent state has absolutely nothing to do with tools or shiny gadgets. I don't have an iPad or a Chromebook or even a 4G phone.


I am SPOILED because I have people, connections, and relationships that support me. These networks begin in my very own school district (Go, Springfield, GO!) and they extend out to the world.


Last week, I put together a Posterous account and called it ISTE2011. I invited my Springfield colleagues to join the group as a shared place for our reflections. To enter text, pictures, or ideas, all they had to do was email iste2011@posterous.com.


In a few short hours, the group was humming. My technician was posting info and pics about the new Dell laptop that we'll be deploying in September. My middle school teachers were finding all sorts of plug-ins, tips, and tricks for Google Apps. My help desk administrator (charged with Moodle next year) began posting all sorts of moodle administration best practices. Even an SDST board members that attended ISTE shared his thoughts from some of the sessions.


In short, the Posterous became a central place where we could connect despite the fact that it was hard to find each other amid the sea of people at the conference. The "positive vibes" floating from the online space were palpable.


In addition, my Twitter feed was exploding with resources, links, and thoughtful ideas. It certainly pushed my limits.


It's about the people, not the tools. People matter.

2 comments:

  1. I had never heard of Posterous until I read your post. I was also at ISTE and my colleague and I were using Evernote to capture the information we wanted to share. Then we just e-mailed it to each other. I really like the idea of having a shared forum for the information. This is a very effective collaborative tool. it makes it very easy when all you have to do is send the e-mail and Posterous organizes the information for you. The set-up reminds me of social bookmarking sites like Diigo. This can certainly be used as an instructional tool for students working on group projects and collecting research information. I also think it is beneficial to be able to reply to the material that is uploaded. The idea that this can be a private blog with such a simple format would be very appealing to my students. I think this is also a great and easy-to-use tool to introduce to my colleagues that are hesitant about using technology. The instructional and professional collaboration opportunities that Posterous offers can be very valuable in education. I am working on getting 1:1 iPads in my classroom next year and I am now considering this app as a part of the program.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. The Posterous iPad app is great. Easy blogging. Glad my suggestions helped. BTW, I'm a huge fan of Evernote too! (I just don't think it's quite as social as a Posterous group.)

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