The iNACOL Symposium ended two weeks ago, but the excitement, energy, the learning, the sharing and collaboration continues. The total attendees were 2424 and represented educators, thought leaders, administrators, teachers, companies, organizations, and individuals who are passionate about blended and online learning. For me, it is always meeting people that I have not had a chance to meet before, hearing about how people are making an impact on education, and realizing how important it is for all of us to be unified in our voices. The symposium reaffirmed the common beliefs that I think we all share: that we want to impact education in new and more efficient ways so more students graduate from high school career and/or college ready. To do this, it will take all educators – traditional, blended, online – to accomplish this.
Reading the various reflections that others have written affirms the importance of the annual iNACOL Symposium as a catalyst for change.
On YouTube, an interview of Michael Horn with Rose Fernandez.
Through the symposium online community, individuals continue to interact, collaborate and share their thoughts. I found some specific blog reflections that I have highlighted below.
- David from Just Popped in My Head shared the importance of modularizing professional development – especially when using blended and online learning approaches.
- The Getting Smart team produced several blogposts that highlighted the conference. Their reflection post pretty much summarized the key aspects of the symposium including blended schools and tools, digital development, teachers and tech, higher, deepear, further, faster learning.
- George Rislov discussed seeing the future at the iNACOL Symposium.
- Melanie Malski wrote, “passion is contagious, brilliance is inspiring, and commiserating with co-workers is refreshing.”
- Stacy Hawthorne shared that iNACOL13 was a GPS for Learning.
- The Hot Lunch Tray blog shared a wonderful “brain dump” of all of the things she learned at the symposium including how to foster online rapport with students, how to roll out a blended learning program, and online communities of collaboration.
- Margo Flowers shared the importance of photos and shared this slide from the game based learning session where she posted the definition of “FAIL” = First Attempt In Learning.
Various articles appeared in different publications such as this one from EdWeek entitled, “District Officials Eye Blended Learning, With Cautionary Lessons in Mind”.
I look forward to seeing everyone at iNACOL14, which will be November 4-7, 2014 in Palm Springs, California.