Have you ever attended a conference with a PRE-Unconference built in? Learning about this cool unconference event was a game changer as my first glimpse of ISTE in Philadelphia. Everyone arrived early and were eager to start talking about #edtech!
It was kind of like a family reunion of sorts because I feel like I have conversations with these "friends" of mine on a regular basis. The energy was happy and everyone excited to connect at this year's conference.
So, I have never experienced HackEd before. I have attended edcamps but this was slightly different. Why? Because of the number of people in attendance and they came a long way for this! lol I met people off the cuff from Great Britian and a spunky edtechie from Ireland by way of Mississippi and California (@JuliaSween)
My mission: To listen. I tend to be a talkaholic! I wanted to learn from others. Don't worry I did share but I learned alot. Especially from the first minute. The rules are the same as edcamp:
These are THE best rules on the planet!
This was ultimately the purpose of HackEd! Actually having a designated time to talk edtech with edtechies from all over the globe!
Once everyone has create a list of topics they would like to discuss, the sessions are put to a vote. The ones with the most votes are added to the sessions board...There was so many choices!
I started HackEd with a conversation on 'How to make our campus/district admin better edtech leaders.' Everyone in attendance are edtech leaders but everyone isn't a campus principal, head of schools, superintendent (eventhough there was one in the group) and understanding that they(our admin) too must be edtech leaders is critical for the success of educational technology on our campuses.
The meat and potatoes of the conversation:
This conversation was one I needed to have and hearing from district level admin and campus principals helped me create a vision that now includes why admins' voice, not just my own.