I’m absolutely geeked about the MACUL conference next month. Yes, I’m a board member of MACUL, and I have a considerable amount of interest in the association’s success, but after reading the latest post on the MACUL Conference Blog, I’m just positively geeked about the latest development (among many) for this year’s conference. Not as a promoter of the conference, and not as a board member, but as an educator and a blogger.
As new technological tools and websites are born every day, there’s a lag between when a tool is made available on the Internet (like Yahoo’s new service called Pipes), and when it can be put into practice and then turned into a formal presentation at a statewide or national tech conference. Apparently, there’s news that a guerrilla breakout session will be moving from room to room at Cobo Hall in Detroit during the conference in order to facilitate all of those educators looking for bleeding edge tech tools. While it’s not likely that a majority of conference attendees will have the time to track down the breakout session during the conference, the benefit of this great new blogging medium is that conference attendees can visit their high priority sessions (breakouts, keynotes, etc.) and still follow what’s happening “behind the scenes” at the breakout sessions via blogs, of which I’m sure there will be a few posting about the guerrilla sessions.
I’m even more geeked being one of the first to be able to share news of this wonderfully collaborative and covert group; there are times when being in a leadership position has it’s perks. I’m hopeful that every educator reading this in Michigan has already signed up for the MACUL Conference, and if they haven’t, that they will seriously reconsider attending the conference. In an era where school funding seems to be disappearing faster than Valentine’s chocolate in the teacher’s lounge, any step we as educators can take to emphasize the importance of technology in education is a positive one. Attending the conference is usually that energizing, evangelizing boost I need in mid-March in order to get excited about sharing more technology goodies with my staff. Hopefully you have your own way of getting geeked about ed tech, and for those of you planning to be at MACUL, I hope you’re as geeked as I am this year.