ASI2010: Creating my reflection now :)

ASI2010I had grand ideas back at ASI 2010.  Yup, I was going to blog every session and idea that occurred throughout the three days.  The one thing I forgot about was the fact that I was an MC on day one, and was presenting three different hands on sessions.  At the end of each day I was exhausted, exhiliarated but in no state to write a blog post!

Now reviewing my cryptic notes, and rethinking the three days I have time to reflect just a month later!  The bonus of being on the program committee is that we get to review the feedback and I have to say it was rewarding to see that our work on the conference was well received.  My intuitive response to how the three days progressed was a very positive one and the data supported my intuition.

All of our feedback indicated that our keynote speakers Alec Couros from University of Regina, Garfield Gini-Newman from OISE and Bill Muirhead from UOIT set the tone for the conference and each speaker built upon the learning introduced by the previous speaker.  We could not have asked for a better combination of speakers or such a positive response!

Things I need to review:  RIP:  A remix manifesto, Eric Whittacre’s crowdsourced music, Why I hate IWB article.

My favorite analogy:  Personalized Learning ….choosing your own adventure!

Need to think more about:  the changing role of the teacher, the need to customize and personalize our learning and the need to respect everyone’s learning needs.  Need to examine how power is shifting with just in time learning that is removing walls, changing the need for timetables and shifting/disrupting traditional visions of educational environments.


Preparing for ASI2010

After a warm, restful summer it’s time to get my head in gear for another great ABEL Summer Institute.  Time for me to kick off the 2010/2011 school year with great professional learning, networking and an opportunity to reconnect with like minded, energetic educators.

This year I find myself prepping for three professional learning sessions!  As always, I look forward to the input I will receive for those who will join me in my sessions.  Additionally, I am really looking forwards to meeting up with our keynote speaker Dr. Alec Couros.  I am looking forward to discussing open networked learning with him and engaging our ASI delegates in this discussion.

ASI runs August 23, 24, 25th at York University in Toronto.  I will be tweeting comments along with the rest of the delegates, as well as blogging each day.  I look forward to sharing the discussions both here in my blog and on

Twitter!  #ASI2010  Join me!