Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reform Symposium 2010 - Pre-conference thoughts

Reform Symposium

Saturday evening I will be presenting for just the second time ever. I was very honored to be asked to participate in the Reform Symposium and I have enjoyed the challenge of preparing the presentation. One of the exciting things for me about this weekend is the unknown. I have no idea what it will be like to present online. I have no idea how many participants will be in my session. I have absolutely no idea how my presentation will be received. I also have wondered from time to time if I will be providing the participants with any valuable information that they can take into their classrooms or into their school. Twitter and social networking have been great for my professional development over the last year. However, sometimes it seems as if we are all "preaching to the choir." Will my session be made up of a bunch of choir members? My goal the next few days is to finish preparing a presentation that will provide opportunities for all educators to take at least one idea or activity back to their classroom or school. Join me on Saturday night at 7:30 EDT for my presentation HOTTS (Higher Order Thinking/Technology Skills). This session will show teachers how technology can be used to help bring their students to the higher order thinking skills of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. Each taxonomy level will be discussed and different ways that technology can be used to bring students to that specific level of thinking.

4 comments:

  1. Kevin,

    You will do great and I think your topic is definitely one that is needed. Good luck!

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  2. I am glad I am not alone with those feelings as a presenter. I have had to organise my thoughts by writing them down beforehand! At least it means that there will be an e-handout that may have some sort of relationship to what I actually say at the time. Also, I know of one attendee who will disagree with at least part of what I have to say. /grin

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  3. You're going to do great, Kevin! Since I can't come to the session, I would love to hear how it goes and what you have to share.

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  4. Good luck on your presentation! I have never done an online presentation myself, and I know I would feel the same way. I would like to try one sometime. I relate to your worries, as I would have the exact same ones. I often wonder what could I possibly contribute, but I guess I don't know until I try! I am excited to hear how it went.

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