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the night before Tech Camp (aka #TxLA17 Part 1)

'Twas the night before Tech Camp...

I arrived late Tuesday afternoon after 2 flights--a short flight from Indy to Chicago and then the main flight from Chicago to San Antonio.  A short cab ride took me right to my hotel.  After unpacking, I met up with my good friend, Heather Lister, to walk to the dinner for all Tech Camp presenters.   (Okay, I actually made Heather come see me while I unpacked because it had been forever!  And yes, I talked to my girl Nancy Jo while unpacking as well.)

Nancy Jo Lambert organized Tech Camp and was responsible for inviting me to participate!  Thanks so much NJ!  

It was such a treat to meet so many talented tech educators and librarians (many whom I only knew from social media)!   Before dinner we all introduced ourselves and shared a fun fact about our self.  (Impromptu... and nerve wracking!)  Dinner conversations were random, hilarious, and varied with so many of us at this huge table!

I sat beside of Amy Mayer of friED Technology.  I'm a h…

World Semicolon Day ;

#IMMOOC Week 2

#IMMOOC Week 1

My random thoughts & answers to this week's questions posted in regards to The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros.  
Follow along with the questions & discussion at

1.  What do you see as the purpose of education?  Why might innovation be crucial in education?

For me, the purpose of education is simple:  for teaching and learning!  Schools offer places and content for all kinds of students whether you are in Kindergarten or working on your second Masters Degree.  Innovation is crucial in education because the students of today aren't the same as the students of past years.  We can't keep teaching and "playing school" the same way it's always been done for the sake of tradition.  In order to continue to be relevant and meaningful in 2017, schools must embrace change and innovation.

2.  “Change is an opportunity to do something amazing.” How are you embracing change to spur innovation in your own context?
Change is something I personally hav…

#IMMOOC Round 2

Round 2 of IMMOOC begins tomorrow!  I really wanted to participate in Round 1 but I have this tendency to over commit and with my new job and all... it just didn't seem like the right time. So I didn't participate and I missed out on a TON of learning and connecting.

This round, I'm ready to commit and dig into one of my favorite educational books (again!) from one of my favorite educational friends, George Couros.  His tweets and blog are ever inspiring, but if you haven't had the opportunity to hear him speak in person you are definitely missing out!  I had the privilege of meeting him a few years back in 2014 at one of our summer of eLearning conferences in Indiana (detailed here) and have since heard him speak several times.  We've had some interesting conversations and he's actually the one ultimately responsible for me changing my Twitter name from @LibraryFanatic to @SherryGick (and this blog name as well).  I remember him saying he knew I loved libraries…

Tech Camp!

Spring is definitely in the air even though it's only mid February!  Thinking of spring has me thinking about my upcoming trip to San Antonio, Texas for Tech Camp on April 19.  That's right.  
 But wait.  It gets better.  Check this out:

Crazy, right?  See my picture right beside HADI PARTOVI's?!  (& my gorgeous, amazing, rock star TL friend NIKKI ROBERTSON!)  I've never had the pleasure of meeting Hadi Partovi OR hearing him speak face to face so I am super excited for this opportunity.  (You might call me a bit of a fangirl of Hadi & hour of code &!)   
I still can't believe they asked me to speak based on those other big names, but it's been advertised so they're stuck with me!  The good news is my keynote is during lunch!  I'm giving an "Inspirational Lunch Keynote".  That's a great time to talk to people, right?  When they're happy and eating?  (Let's hope I'm …