I have sat in so many horrible…horrible….did I mention horrible?? presentations! Some forced upon me – some straight up voluntary! Part of my issue is that I am ADHD….like really bad. So, after a few minutes if you haven’t caught my attention – I’m gone onto the next thing.
I’ve always been a tech geek, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about the Tandy computer my dad bought for our family back in the 80’s…..and I’ve always been willing to share what I know with other teacher to help. I’d presented at my school and for my previous school district many times but I had never considered expanding out.
As I became more involved with technology integration, I took it upon myself to attend different conferences and I began to think…”Hey! I can do this!” I mean, I have some amazing kids and we do some amazing things…why not share those things? And so I did. I saw where a school district was hosting an summer tech conference and I submitted my proposal. After that I was hooked!
I’d like to think that I am able to share what I know in a way that excites and motivates someone else.
As I’ve evolved as a presenter, my expectations have evolved. I really don’t expect to get “wow’ed” every time. If I can take one piece back to use with my kids (or even in my own presentation), that makes me happy. The part that I enjoy the most now are the connections I’m able to make through these opportunities.
So many times I’m able to put a face to a Twitter handle (right, @bgoza?) or add to my already amazing PLN. Sometimes I’m able to have conversations with or spend a few moments with some of my tech heroes and sheroes. And every single time I’m able to find at least one little thing that I can share with my kids!
Until the next time,