Attending sessions and engaging with others is where you can find the magic that exists between us all.
I attended the #Unconference, hosted by Participate, which lasted all day. In the second part of the day, we had a wonderful discussion about what #hacked (hack education) can and should be.
I also was able to connect with two educators: Anthony was on a webinar, hosted by ISTE's Global Collaborations Professional Learning Network (PLN). April is a teacher from Guam, and she and I were part of a breakout session about parental involvement. Again, meeting other educators who are doing great things is energizing.
Part of the #hacked18 session was also sharing resources for other educators. There were several that were shared, and Steve Hargadon, whose work with global education and bringing a revolution to education, was masterful in his skill to help us all curate these different resources. I had not heard of IFTTT, which allows you to have apps better communicate with each other. You can have your Alexa use your calendar, or you can have your photos (and not links) posted to your Twitter feed, Instagram feed, and any other social media accounts you use. Working with my students' EdCorps, The Upstander Brand (funded through Real World Scholars--check them out if you don't know about them!), I immediately saw the potential IFTT to help the students better communicate their message of the Upstander.
After the #unconference, as we were waiting for friends, we saw Kemi, someone with whom we chat with on Twitter. It was so great to connect in person, and I cannot wait to attend her session at ISTE.
All of this, of course, has been captured by #passthescopeEDU, and that community has been a rich resource for me and others. If you do not know about them, you should follow the leaders who share the stories around the world.
Finally, we went to the Participate event, and met Manda, who is an educator in North Carolina working in global education. She has a lot of great ideas and uses coding to really continue to build global competencies in students.
Throughout the day I was reminded of the power of coalitions, and how important it is to continue to build networks of individuals who help create a difference in the world.