The Digital Media Learning conference will blow your mind. Consider yourself warned! I have to spend a few moments each day “downloading” from my brain! I love the breadth of people represented here and exposure to their thoughts and ideas has stretched my perception of the Universe to new places.
I felt a lot of productive friction in the badging conversations yesterday. “It’s not just the badge” was packed even though the workshop had solid competition. There are many ideas for how to execute badging in a meaningful way and I’m excited to read about it until mu eye balls fall out! I may have also gotten myself into a bit of a heated conversation with a Harvard grad student at the HIVE mixer; I asked her to consider badges not as a reward, but as a stake in the sand of education.
Speaking of the HIVE mixer, holy guacamole! For those of you who don’t know, or were unable to crash the party it ruled. Here is a tiny snippet, by no means all-inclusive list, of the folks I ran into:
Flat Elsa was the life of the party!
Matthew Williams has no idea that I was stalking him and I found him at the bar! I think he was a little freaked out. Sorry!
Armando and Mikey were amazing! I can’t wait to get to NYC and see this magic in person! Good luck on the Ignite talk and I can so help you rock out meaningful badges!
Courtney Francis arrived just as the booze was overflowing. Working examples is a vehicle for ideating and building radical innovations to change education. You should be using it and so should I. (Must listen to Robert more often.)
I had a blast! I think my favorite part was when I realized who these guys were (definitely after the photo and after the party) :
Here comes day three! I am trying to keep cool kid composure, but there are a few parts of today that I am afraid of!
Thankfully the security staff at the hotel rules, on an epic scale. They let me into the ballroom at 11pm last night, a little intoxicated and full of burrito, to practice my ignite talk. Their feedback was really powerful and I am pretty sure I’ve got this! Spoiler alert – I will also have notes. I only hung out with theater kids growing up; turns out I am not really one of them.
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