PD Overload #gtadmin & #ascd10

Enjoying a moment of peace and quiet in the "press room" of ASCD conference. Not even sure where to begin reflections at this point. Let me at least share a few take-aways so far:

#GTAdmin - Google Teacher Acadamy for Administrators
  • Focus on the student
  • Use the tools to solve current challenges, don't make the tools new challenges
  • Google Alerts - one thing I want to set up ASAP and could have probably done by now but haven't taken the time
  • Could start Google Apps for education with teachers and gmail right now, 3rd and 4th grade students once teachers explore it
  • Yong Zhao is a hilarious presenter and I have added his book to my list of books to read
  • Other countries are attempting to reform their education systems to look like ours.
  • Since there is not enough time in the day, I need to carve out a few minutes to explore virtual worlds. (2nd Life etc.)
  • Geoffrey Canada - You have to read between the lines of what he is saying. ALL teachers may not see his remarks as insightful.
  • Rich Allen is a dynamic presenter! Attended a 5 day workshop with him 12 years ago when he was with Eric Jensen and will definitely buy his new book Green Light Classroom before I leave.
Disclaimer - May not be the most eloquent post but you have to start somewhere.