Monday Morning Mirror – Reflections on #ECOO13

#ECOO is my Halloween. <metaphor> I run around from seminar to seminar, grabbing as much educational candy as I can. And to be honest, after all that gorging, I find myself feeling a little sick this morning. Sick that I cannot implement everything that I have seen and heard. Sick that much of what I have seen will have to stay as my own intellectual property until I can find a way to slide it into my practice. But don’t get me wrong, I love the candy, and I will continue to try and find as many Big Turks (good thing!) as I find Black Liquorice (just doesn’t work for me). </metaphor>

Some Reflections

I was really proud that I had the lowest number of photocopies of any full time teacher in my school. And then I went to @mraspinall‘s paperless math class seminar. I can do better!

It is clear to me that the reading I am doing is in line with the latest pedagogy that is out there. I have made a conscious effort to read more, and I’m glad that I can see that I have been moving in the right direction.

Understanding the underlying structure of systems is as important as the system itself. For example: Knowing how the computer relays information is as important to diagnosing issues as understanding the OS. With that in mind, we can use the underlying reasons that Apple and Google play so well with education (at the core, proliferation of the brand – not a slight at either, their plans make sound business sense, and we get access to the latest technology) to leverage the most out of each, and help students be critical consumers of tech.

Do spanish tweets have an upside down # at the end of hashtags? #ECOO13#

The rebranding of failure as iteration (@jcasap) has got me thinking of how to implement this in the classroom. I think I will present the design cycle and tweak it to project work. Has anyone done this/had success with this?

That Makey Makey board was really cool. I am going to dive so hard into Scratch that I am going to need a bath of Calamine lotion.



@kevinhoneycutt‘s discussion on living out loud and archiving myself really spoke to me. I have the tool to share myself, and I have not been using it to its full potential. That has to change.

#ECOO13 was filled with some big Aha‘s, but, more importantly, many little personal moments along the way. #ECOO13, for me, is about grounding my practice into something solid. It can get very isolating, teaching day to day and doing things very differently from those around you. ECOO feels like a homecoming of sorts, and getting to meet, talk and move forward, makes for a very rewarding 2 days. Each year I meet many new people, from @mzmollytl a few years ago to @jenapgar this year, and these connections have borne many happy experiences.

And as I sit and stare at my class working away, I think to myself, I can’t wait to see what they can show me this year.

683 comments for “Monday Morning Mirror – Reflections on #ECOO13

  1. October 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I feel the same in the sense of goodies-overload. All good, but hard to digest all at once. In my own reflection, I decided to be ok with not knowing all the answers today, but striving to get better at what I do. Conferences like ECOO are certainly good tools for improvement!

    • Brian
      October 29, 2013 at 1:49 am

      The conference is almost a microcosm of the internet. You can search as many corners as you can, but there is no way to see the whole thing. You just have to find the things that will drive you forward.

  2. October 29, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Your metaphor is freakin’ brilliant! (And I need to start wearing the tin-foil hat, since my already-written-postdated-blog-post for tomorrow is about the people of ECOO, like you – I drop your name on the Wednesday, if I recall correctly. Don’t read the dark spots in my mind, okay?) What things are you reading? Share those titles, because if they are anything like your game recommendations, I want … no, need to hear them.

    • Brian
      October 29, 2013 at 2:17 am

      I can’t wait to read your stuff! I’ll wait till wednesday though :)

      Reading list recently
      Street Gang: The complete history of Sesame Street – Michael Davis
      From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Everything you needed to know about the Internet – John Naughton
      The Master Swtich – Tim Wu (a great book about how open systems go closed)

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