Today I travel to the Virtual School Symposium in New Orleans. I am looking forward to seeing the people I have seen at the many previous VSS conferences and hearing about their progress. One of the great things about VSS is that you don’t have to explain to others why online learning is important for students. VSS is a great place to relax and enjoy hearing about what everyone else is doing, to hear the same stories about start up and maintaining a program, and a chance to share with others about your own online or blended learning program.
VSS is a great place for:
- Sharing stories
- Learning new ways to engage online learners
- Learning new ways to manage your time as an online teacher
- Hearing about how online and blended learning have impacted student learning
- Thinking about the future of online and blended learning
- Learning new and better ways to maintain the quality of online and blended learning programs
- Hearing about the latest and future trends
- Learning about the things you want to learn about
Everyone at VSS is there to share ideas and to listen to one another – and to encourage one another. There are few people I have ever met at VSS that have any kind of ego or suggest they have all the answers. This reminds me of two great quotes:
From Benjamin Franklin in the 1776: “Ay, we must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
And from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
This is what VSS is all about.
See you there.