The Rethink Learning Summit was meticulously designed to assure that teachers could understand best practices for online teaching and learning by not only subject matter experts who have been teaching and learning with edtech for several years but also flowed so seamlessly in an online envirornment that it almost seemed like it would actually work better than in-person. It was almost scary. These International Society of Technolgy In Education Superstars have presented nationally for several years on best practices of teaching with technology and are by far the most qualified to prepare us for our new normal.
From Dr. Desiree Alexander to The HyperDoc Girls, this edtech "dream team" of presenters were so authentic in their teaching and learning that you could follow along and teach and learn right beside them. Each session was engaging. I did not "sit and get" at ANY of them. Each presenter had virtual manipulatives or breakout rooms, or music, or interactive slide decks that made me crave for more.
The last session of the day is called the "Wine Down" by Brian Romero Smith who is a product of the school district that I work in. I first met Brian at ISTE in San Antonio in 2017. During our networking between sessions I found out that Brian, who is very close to me in age, actually grew up two blocks from me. I actually knew his sister. His session is where you learn how to take next steps in creating processes for your district from all of the excellent information you have taken in during the conference. It truly is the blueprint on how to get your distance learning into action.
Each session had a "built-in" break with music and the chats that went on during the session are what dreams are made of when it comes to online learning interaction. From a conversation to a whole conference, Knikole Taylor has built something so elegant, so important, that is should be shared with every educator in the world right now. The Rethink Learning Summit was an authentic space that made physical space seem unneccesary.
Note: Keynote Speaker Cutia Blunt