Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to attend ECOO, and even be involved in two presentations as well. It was the most incredible day, and I don’t know how to take all of that and put it into a blog post here. For over a year, I’ve been communicating online through Twitter with numerous outstanding educators. I learn so much from my PLN, and without a doubt, all of these educators have made me a better teacher.
Yesterday was special though, because yesterday, I got the opportunity to meet so many of them. I almost felt “star struck.” These are the people that have inspired me, and here I was sitting with them at breakfast, conversing with them after the presentations, and even presenting alongside them.
It all hit me when I walked into the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel, and was almost immediately greeted by @mkgoindi. Before yesterday, she was just a face on her Twitter page, but yesterday, she was real. Wow! Then I go to register, and I see @zbpipe, @carolgau, @brendasherry, and @lchupa shortly after. I follow many of them to the first presentation on the Livescribe Pen, and then meet @gill_ville and @lisaneale while I’m there.
I leave this presentation, and bump into @thecleversheep in the hallway, and then move onto @kentmanning‘s presentation. There I receive such a warm welcome from such an amazing person! It’s like we knew each other, and yet, we never met before. Absolutely amazing!
As the day continues, I get to meet so many other terrific educators, including @cgu92, @cyndiejacobs, @snbeach, @colinjagoe, @jaccalder, @misterpuley, @mrjarbenne, @aforgrave, @peterskillen, @kimmcgill, @danikabarker, @msjweir, @mswu, and @cakewley. I even get to present alongside some of them, and I’m still awed by the opportunity.
When driving home last night with @mrjarbenne and @misterpuley, I realized though what this day was really about: it was about connections. From the connections that I made inside the hotel to the ones that I continued making on the way out the door, every moment was a memorable one. Let me end by saying, thank you for a great day!