I have a confession. I have be to exactly one conference in my content area during my entire teaching career. I teach music and going to music conferences are usually expensive. I now work for a great district that has sent me to nearly 20 technology and education conferences in the past two years, and when they asked if I wanted to go to the summer symposium our state music organization holds each year I said yes.
So, here is the fear. I went to the website to look at the schedule. It was a PDF. There was no Sched.org page. There were no presenter bio's with Twitter handles and webpages. It was a PDF. Additionally, every morning there is a keynote and multiple sessions had only one offering.
Most importantly...there is no hashtag.
I am so used to attending a conference where face to face is only one half of the connection. Where are the back channel conversations? Where are the posted resources I can go back and retrieve after the conference is over?
So, I'm going in with an open mind. But, I wonder what it will be like to close the Chromebook and stay off of Twitter. What will analog learning feel like? Will I miss the hashtags and the RTs and the back channeling?
We will see.
Your comments are welcome and encouraged,