A week from today, I will be presenting at my first EdTech Google Summit. None of the organizers knows me or has seen me present before, so I seem to have gotten in with my GCT cred. Now is the time to prove that I deserve the distinction–no pressure, right? I’ll be presenting a Getting Going session on Google+ on the second day, so the first day I get to enjoy the event as an attendee. It may mean getting up at 4:30 in the morning to cross time zones and be in Louisville for Rushton Hurley‘s keynote at 8:30 a.m. but hello, it’s worth it to hear his message Creativity, Inspiration and Excellence. I’ll also have the opportunity to drop in on other Indiana educator’s sessions since Blake Everhart and Andy Wallace of the Indiana Migrant Education Program will be sharing their Google know-how with attendees. I’m going to have to bypass some terrific offerings in the second session, so that I can learn from Wanda Terral in person not simply via Twitter where I usually soak up her resources. After lunch, I plan to attend another session by Hurley. The Magic of Digital Media for Powerful and Engaging Learning promises to provide resources for me to share with Indiana educators who want to support their students in the Hoosier Student Digital Leaders Digital Media Festival. In fact, the entire event promises to be packed with learning. If you can be in Louisville for the 8th & 9th, then consider registering for the EdTech Google Summit.
Today tens of thousands of runners donned their numbers and made their way to the starting line of the New York City Marathon. I realize that taking part of a blogging challenge does not compare to preparing for a 26 mile race. But I as I scanned the NaBloPoMo Blogroll to find where I landed on the list, I see the number like a racer’s bib. 939: Michelle R Green. I imagine myself checking my laces and stretching as I mentally plot out what I might write about for the next 29 days. I feel a little pressure to define what this blog is and why I maintain it. I scan past my name on the blogroll to see that the list has grown to over 1100 bloggers. I am not alone in this challenge and given what I’ve read from a very small slice of the roll, there are pacesetters who will push novices like myself to greater strides. I am excited! Again, I extend the invitation to any edtech bloggers to join a few of us who will be blogging every day this month. Simply add your info to the Google Sheet so we can support each other.