Today I had the opportunity to share at the South Carolina EdTech Conference. What a fabulous experience! This was my FIRST experience presenting by myself in such a large forum. I naively thought - small classrooms, a few people. Well, when I found my room, I think there was room for 200 people in the session. I immediately became sick to my stomach. My stomach hit the floor and I became dizzy as I sat and watched the previous session. The entire time I was terrified - my speakers were too small, will the tech work, can I fake an injury and leave early without anyone knowing, can I pay someone to do it for me. The session before me was amazing and I felt stupid for even signing up to present. I was going through that whole poor pitiful me routine that I've become pretty good at over the years.
Well, cue 9:45 - my session time. I looked out among the faces and found a few familiar ones who came to hear what I had to say - me a little classroom teacher who doesn't know diddly about iOs operating systems, or app writing. Me who was just sharing her story about a group of kiddos and a teacher stepping into unknown waters.
Things went smoothly, there were lots of positive comments, great questions, and smiling faces. I had a blast and felt completely validated about the things that I do every day in my classroom.
So, here is the presentation that I used. I know there are some things that need more explaining. So, if you have questions, let me know.