29 June 2010

ISTE 2010: Day Two Recap

Conferences are marathons. ISTE 2010 is no different. Today, I delved a bit deeper into the course.

The Good
  • I attended an interesting session on copyright law and fair use. I know this doesn't sound like an exciting topic, but building understanding is a necessity (especially in this mix-n-match digital age). Resources are here, if you're so inclined.
  • I really like meeting so many of my online network peeps in person. Not all of the conversations are in depth, but it is still nice to put names with faces, hear voices (and accents!), and be able to connect in real life. This conference has offered me far more opportunities to do this than any other I've attended.

The Bad
  • A session on visual literacy that I'd had high hopes for turned out to be completely useless. The presenter did not appear to have any sort of agenda. I should have known it wouldn't turn out well when he told the audience he would provide a link to his resources and website at the end. Dude, if you have to try to bribe people to stick it out to the end, then maybe you should work on your presentation skills.
  • This is still a conference about stuff and not about kids. I heard grumblings about this from others...along with some concern that this doesn't bother many others who are here. I've sat amongst many an attendee who was eating up bad information from presenters with a spoon---starving for information with no ability to tell that they'd been given shit instead of steak to eat. Is PD really so poorly done in schools that sessions at this conference look good?

The Ugly
  • I went to the Exhibit Hall today. Oy. It appeared as little more than acres of space to devoted to (you guessed it) stuff. 

Tomorrow is the final day of the conference. I'll be headed home before things are all said and done here. I am anxious to get back home to my routine, sea level home, and moisturized air (especially after tonight's nosebleed). 


Roger Sweeny said...

Is PD really so poorly done in schools that sessions at this conference look good?

I think you know the answer to that.

If all the hours of PD were converted into time for teachers to get together and talk and plan and make changes, student learning would be improved.

Of course, the pocketbooks (and the self-esteem) of a lot of adults would take a hit.

banders said...

Ditto, Roger. Ditto.

Except you've got to start with the willing teachers or you'll soon see the same teachers who get nothing from PD get nothing from collaboration.

The Science Goddess said...

One question I posed on Twitter on Monday was "What if all the money spent on interactive whiteboards had been spent on high quality PD for the teachers of those classrooms?"

Kinda sickening to think of all the money spent on stuff that we could have spent on people.