I have this feeling that this blog is about to get even geekier. Yesterday, at Edcamp Philly, I spent a good portion of my time hearing about other people’s robotics programs, trying to figure out what I want to do in that regard. And I’m hoping to make this project from Make magazine. We haven’t had a free weekend to tackle this, but we do have the arduino. Seriously, who doesn’t want a cat toy that sends a note to Twitter when it’s being played with? I feel like my new gig has freed me to be as geeky as I wanna be, and the conference yesterday reconnected me with my own geekiness.
Though I’ve been to a few tech conferences over the last couple of years, it had been quite a while since I’d been around that many people who were as geeked out as I was. We always put our geekiness in context, though. That’s one thing that I’ve noticed about most of the ed tech conferences I’ve been to. There’s always a lot of conversation about the implications of what we’re doing as well as talking about the specifics of how to use a blog or a wiki. This was just the second K-12 conference I’ve been to, and at both of them, I felt as though the educators there were more “in the trenches” than the faculty or technologists at higher ed conferences. They talk a lot more about the practical. That’s not to say that there isn’t good pedagogical theory behind what they talk about, but they get down to the nitty gritty much more quickly than higher ed faculty seem to. I’ve been to many a session that’s been theoretical in its stance. Faculty Academy stands out to me as an exception to that. Maybe that’s just a factor of the two conferences I’ve been to, which both had a down-to-earth feel to them. One thing I can say is that I’m looking forward to more of these. Like the conferences I attended in my former career, I felt energized by yesterday’s conference and ready to tackle new challenges.