It's Saturday, October 2nd, and I'm having a fabulous time at the Tri-State Education Technology Conference! New Milford High School is the location for this conference that has close to 500 attendees and two dozen presenters.
It is very exciting and motivating to listen to the presenters' topics and the buzz generated by them. I'm sure that most of the teachers here will leave with a complete new bag of tools and ideas to use to motivate our students. That's what it's all about -- engaging our students in learning by using tools and techniques that they can (and do) embrace.
Lisa Nielsen gave an enthusiastic presentation about the power of what is possible and getting around "the ban". Adam Bellow offered a fast-paced session on ten very cool -- and free -- web tools that all of us can and should use! Samantha Morra just gave a sensational presentation on digital storytelling, and she gave us many great ideas to incorporate.
Despite the challenges of hosting so many people/presenters, this conference is terrific! I'm very glad that I am here to learn and participate! I look forward to sharing some of the many resources with teachers and students!