It is hard to believe ECOO13 is done. Following the event, a number of people asked if I could post my closing remarks. Wanting to be timely, here they are.
There is no doubt that ECOO 13 has been an amazing experience. The energy is high, the synergy amazing, the networking extensive and an incredible amount of learning & sharing. Each of us will have personal take-aways that will impact and change our professional practice. Awesome!
In terms of conference takeaways, I believe there is much more. As education continues to transform, each of us has a vital role to play in shaping the future. It is important that we be purposeful in what we do. Technology is a powerful enabler and game changer when skillfully used with best instructional and assessment practices.
With that said, I ask that you reflect on what you can do as an active change agent.
keep yourself in the role of the learner
tell your story: be visible, live out loud, create value, leverage video and social media, reflect and blog
consider frameworks such as the SAMR model as an ongoing change model
consider the power of students teaching students through video
nurture those around you
Be brave, responsive and make a difference as we keep adapting to teach the web generation wired learners.
Travel safely. See you online.
Ed Doadt and I are looking forward to hosting our ECOO 2013 Conference panel discussion on the topic of Building Capacity. We have lined up a wonderful panel of Ontario educational leaders to dig into this important topic.
Meet the panelists:
Lori DiMarco, Superintendent, TCDSB
Donna Fry, Education Officer, MoE
Brenda Sherry, UGDSB
James Bond, Principal, WRDSB
Gwen McCutcheon, Principal, WRDSB
When: Oct. 24th, 2013 at 12:00
Where: Fallsview room
What: building capacity, leveraging technology, fostering risk taking, change
Option: BYOQ (bring your own question)
Please join us!
~Mark & Ed
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