OK, you can have my pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, program guides and folders because I am not going to need them anymore. For the most part, I went through ASCD12 on my BlackBerry. I simply tweeted, typed notes, and followed the “back-current” of the conference from the palm of my hand. It was so nice to not have a lot of “baggage.”
I know most people focus on takeaways, but I am going to try something different. Here are my 12 giveaways:
1. Using Social Media is a precious gift, but you still need to chat with people. People like Tom Whitby will hold court with you, make you laugh, and make you THINK!
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for pictures. The pictures, I hear, will last longer than the moment.
3. Don’t try to do lunch at Reading Terminal Market with more than 7 people during the busy lunch time. You won’t be able to find seats together.
4. Be selfish – You control your learning. If you are in a session and it is not what you thought, “punch out” and go to another, or back to the Exhibit Hall. I preferred the Re-Charge station so I could charge up my phone. Thanks ASCD for all of the options!
5. Flank out and spread your wings.
6. When in the elevator or in line for coffee, ask someone where they are from. Ask them about their experiences at the conference.
7. Wait the extra few minutes after a session and thank the presenter.
8. Ask people about their technology. See a new gadget, ask someone if they can tell you about it. Might help you in future purchases.
9. Fight through a cold. I kick myself that I missed the 8:00 AM session on Sunday.
10. Buy at least one book that a presenter recommends. I bought Brain Rules, by John Medina. So excited to read it.
11. Convince your highest ranking administrator (Think Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent) to buy a set of books by an ASCD author, and agree to run the book club. Dr. Gentile, fingers crossed, will be purchasing “Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most To Change The Odds For Students Success” for administrators who are interested in motivating our students and teachers. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/111038.aspx
12. Blog, Google+, facebook, or tweet about your experiences and “give” them to someone.
See you in Tampa, St. Louis, Baltimore, Denver, Dallas or Chicago13?