In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff welcomes Pennsylvania educator Matt Friedman to discuss 4 Ways For Tech Coaches to Tech Coach At Tech Conferences.
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Tech Coach Tip of the Week
- When attending conferences such as FETC, TCEA, or even ISTE it’s important to wear multiple hats. As a Tech Coach representing your district, you should keep your eyes open for what will be useful with your teachers. As a Connected Educator, you should be reaching out to network with other Tech Coaches. Most importantly, you are going to the conference to learn how to be a better professional development provider so take advantage of everything that you have access to while at the conference.
How To Tech Coach At A Tech Conference
Make a list of sessions you wish to attend and add it to your Calendar
- Add sessions that are both Tech Coach focused as well as sessions that might benefit your district and teachers
- Attend sessions of “rockstar educators” to learn how others present both workshops and lecture sessions
- Talk to your Administrators about what will be happening and what type of recon you could be doing for the district-let them know you are going to the conference
Prepare to do a TON of Networking-social media, face to face
- Do your homework before you go
- Hangout near the Press Room, Bloggers Cafe, and walk the vendor floor
- Use an App such as Evernote to take notes during the conference.
- Notes can be video, audio, or written
- Crowdsource your note-taking with others in the session or at the conference
- If you can’t attend a session, seek out the presenter links from the conference website
After the Conference- Pay it forward with staff
- Connect with presenters
- Create Twitter Lists
- Share your curated resources
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