I would be the first presenter that many people would see. I am the introduction of what this conference means for people. I was the WalMart greeter of the Google Summit and I was super pumped and nervous. I remember when I went to my first summit and the feeling of the unknown. I practically worshiped those presenters/ rock stars. Ok, so I might be a closet groupie. The idea behind it is, I want to provide a high-quality experience to those who are new.
I hold Google Summits to a high standard and I want to live up to that standard.
After a fantastic keynote by +Molly Schroeder Bennett (@followmolly), everyone was dismissed to Session 1. The room was packed and the people were ready. I played music too loud and started too early out of nerves. And, I didn't take many pictures. See my one tweet.
But, I knew my content and enjoyed sharing the stage with my good friend & self-proclaimed magician's assistant +Kirsten Radford (@mrskradford2). The feedback was positive as people came up to me after and said they learned a lot. I was relieved and grateful. I'm going to do it again and I think I will add another session.
- I learned that I am a good presenter. But, I will improve only with practice.
- I learned that Edtech summit participants deservedly need immediately usable information, not just knowledge.
- I learned that relationship-building is as important as the information gained at conferences.
- I met many people whom I now will call on to help my growth as a teacher.
Here's a short video of a 4th grader who ski-jumped a 40m for the first time. I completely empathize with her. It's exactly what I went through. The actual jump is secondary... Listen to her at the end... its a gem.
Thank you to all the wonderful presenters I was honored to interact with this weekend.
(try to find me. It's not that easy).