Virtual or Face-to-Face...It's all about Relationships

Those of you that know me know how much I love technology. If I have a free moment - I'm logging in to see what I can learn and to practice what I want to learn.

Over a year ago now, I stumbled across twitter and became connected with other educators around the world who have pointed me in a direction with my professional development that I couldn't ever have imagined. Those relationships have led to professional growth, personal growth and a new direction in my career (looks like I'll be full time in technology next year). I have never felt more energized and connected about what is new in my practice and how it could be implemented. I truly can attribute all of that to the educators I meet and follow online.

When I arrived at NECC and saw how many of the people I know virtually were there literally...I wanted to try and document it visually for you and give you the way to connect with some of these amazing educators also. So here are a few I tracked down for photos.

Jeff Utecht
Formerly of Shanghai American School
Next Year will go to Bangkok
The Thinking Stick

jutecht on twitter

Stephanie Sandifer
Houston, TX
Change Agency
ssandifer on twitter

Maria Knee
Deerfield, NH
The Kinder Kids' Classroom
MariaK on twitter

David Jakes
Naperville, IL
Strength of Weak Ties
djakes on twitter

Dean Shareski
Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Ideas and Thoughts from an Ed Tech
shareski on twitter

Kevin Jarrett
Northfield, NJ
Welcome to NCS-Tech!
kjarrett on twitter

Ginger Lewman
Ginger TPLC on twitter

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
21st Century Learning
snbeach on twitter

Nedra Isenberg
Holland Patent Schools, NY
My Journey into the World of Elem. Tech

hockeymom1788 on twitter

Adam Frey
Co-founder of Wikispaces

Vicki Davis
Camilla, GA
Cool Cat Teacher
coolcatteacher on twitter

Thanks to you all for being a part of my network and inspiring me on my journey. :)

**cross posted on LIVE from the Creek


It was so nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing these photos! We are all on this journey together and just be prepared for next year when others find you for photo ops! ;-) If you stick with this long enough and keep the right attitude, it will happen.

Thank you for these great photos!

Simon said...

Hey, It must be great to get some F2F time with those you have been reading . I love conference timwe in NZ here for the same reason. Wish I could have been over with you all.