I've participated in the K12 Online Conference every year for the last handful of years. I look forward to this online conference each year, as there is a wealth of information posted on a daily basis that's free for the taking.
While I've worked alongside several of the people who make this virtual conference happen every fall, I've never done more than subscribe to the presentation feed in iTunes and catch most of the presentations each year. I know many people who have presented and keynoted K12 Online Conference strands over the last five years, and this year I felt as though participating from the sidelines just wasn't enough.
When asked if I'd submit something for the 'Story Time' strand for this year's conference, I jumped at the chance. I spent many hours thinking about what I'd present & how I'd share. I had all kinds of great ideas for an innovative presentation that would challenge me and inspire those who took the time to sit through my presentation.
Then, all of a sudden, the K12 Online Conference was upon us and my session wasn't complete. Having taken on too many projects this fall, I was forced to just "git 'er done" instead of creating the kind of presentation that I had envisioned.
Although my first time presenting in this amazing conference didn't turn out the way that I had initially envisioned, I'm still happy with my submission. I don't know that anyone will walk away from this presentation thinking 'that was absolutely spectacular', but I do think that the folks who take the time to watch my presentation will be inspired by the idea of celebrating the little things that happen in their classrooms and schools on a daily basis.
We are shaped by our experiences, as are our students. If you're willing to take the time to watch "When Learning Becomes An Event", you'll find that it's all about living in the moment - capturing and highlighting the learning experiences that are occurring all around us.