Making Waves with eLearning

I had the pleasure of attending the Making Waves with eLearning conference at Jefferson High School the past 2 days.  It was my second year attending and it did not disappoint!

When advertising and promoting this to my school staff, I pointed out the amazing presenters who were coming to this local conference, a mere 20 minute drive away!

I knew there would be other great local presenters at eLwave as well, but I'll admit these four guys were the reason I prioritized and attended the conference.  I've followed George Couros on Twitter from the very beginning.  I am always inspired and challenged by his tweets and blog posts.  I had the privilege of meeting Nick Provenzano at last year's eLWave conference, attending his sessions, and now call him friend (I blogged a bit about this here).  I'm also a huge fan of Drew Minock and Brad Waid and their awesome 2 Guys and Some iPads show and website.

The opening keynote by George Couros was amazing.  He had us all laughing, crying, and relentlessly inspired us all to be better educators.  I'm so glad his keynote was videoed so others can also watch and be inspired!  (Trust's completely worth an hour of your time!)

I attended several sessions led by Nick and got to hear first hand about how he uses Evernote, his favorite apps and websites for reading/writing, as well as all about his 20 Time experiment that ended with a real TEDx event!  

The Augmented Reality extended session with Brad Waid and Drew Minock still has my head spinning with the ideas for implementation.  I can't wait to share all the amazing AR applications with my staff!  I'm looking forward to connecting and learning more with them at ISTE.  (Be sure to follow their blog!)

Favorite pics from #eLWave:

Selfie with Brad & Drew

Selfie with Drew, Brad, & Nick

Yes, I have HUGE regrets that I didn't get a selfie with George Couros...
(I do have this picture of him presenting to us about blogging... 
a presentation that felt more like a conversation with friends)

but I'll always have this tweet:

Yeah, that was pretty awesome.  What a nice guy!

All in all, the Making Waves with eLearning conference was amazing!  Kudos to everyone involved in planning, implementing, and hosting such a fantastic event.


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