One day and counting to the start of the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference.
If the Twitter feed represents a sample of individuals heading to D.C. for the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference, there are many wrapping up events from today and headed to the airport. Many in our community are preparing their presentations and I imagine most of us are wondering what we will experience this year. Who will be the speakers that touch at the heart of what we do as educators? What new knowledge and experiences will I bring home? Who will I meet and how will my professional network grow and change over the next several days?
As the conference kicks off, we hope you will find this online community a central exchange site where you post your reflections, engage in the exchange of ideas and share with the greater community your personal “take-aways” from sessions and interactions. This is very easy to do and there are many different ways you can interact in this community. For those just joining us, here are several links that will help you get started in this community. For those not able to attend, we invite you to join us as well. As conference attendees post their reflections within the fabric of this online community, we invite you to comment and post your reflections as well. This greater conversation serves to help us work through our Public Purpose as an independent school community.
Three places to start
- Front Door: https://naisac11.wordpress.com/
- Community Dashboard: http://www.netvibes.com/naisac11#Conference_Dashboard
- Ways you can participate: https://naisac11.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/introducing-the-nais-2011-annual-conference-online-community/
Pre-Conference Video Challenge
It is not too late to add your video to the pre-conference video challenge. This is not a competition but a challenge to each member of the community to try something new. Shortly, you will hear from several speakers including Anya Kamenetz and Salman Khan both of whom are involved in different projects that get at the heart of new educational models- a DIY model to education. An important part of that model is the creation of short videos that get at the heart of understanding a portion of a topic. This challenge is an opportunity for you to act on their messages and create a small ARTIFACT OF UNDERSTANDING that will teach the greater community something you know. As the conference kicks off, this might be a great place for ideas for your video. Don’t worry about the need for special technical knowledge or software as there are many online video packages that are free and very easy to use. Please follow the link to more information about this challenge. It is my hope that many of you will take this opportunity to step outside your comfort zones and explore the power of creating small ARTIFACTS OF UNDERSTANDING.
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