Share #Youredustory Week 4:
What is the best thing you do for your district?
Sometimes we get to go to conferences. Other times we don’t have the money or we don’t have the time to travel another county or state to attend a conference. But we all know that conferences bring a refreshing breath of inspiration into your classroom and learning about all the new opportunities for educational technology has become more important than ever.
So what do we do about this dilemma? How do we afford to attend a conference and how do we bring a love for educational technology to more teachers?
Create a FREE educational technology conference for teachers in your district!
That is just what a group of colleagues and I did. We got the idea one day, drafted up a plan, and asked the powers that be at the district office. We were given an enthusiastic green light and the planning began.
We decided to call our conference Edtech2U and these were our goals:
- To offer a FREE edtech conference for EUSD teachers, by EUSD teachers.
- To hold at least 12 sessions per conference
- Promote a bridge between all certificated staff.
- Provide an online resource for teachers to refer back to after the conference
Actually, we had a huge response in our first year with about 125 attending the first annual conference. We had over 20 sessions and teachers from all of our 23 sites attended. We are now in the planning stages for our third Edtech2U conference and we are hoping it will be even better!
Here is how we did this:
- We formed a group willing to put this together.
- Drafted a plan.
- Asked our Superintendent.
- Selected a day.
- Planned a location (we used the district office).
- Asked people to present.
- Found sponsors! We have had tremendous support from our teacher’s union and the Escondido Education Foundation.
- Everyone loves food! Starbucks has always donated coffee and Jimbo’s donates fresh organic fruit. We also use some of the donation money to purchase lunch.
- We got a few prizes.
- We set up an Eventbrite ticket. This is a great free planning tool for large events. This tool is free is your event is free. Also, it is very easy to use.
- W sent out an email to all teachers inviting them!
We had a great time and people walked away with a new understanding of how technology can be used to engage students, activate creativity, and help to better organize day to day teaching.
Here is a video that was made after our first event: