Michigan’s most robust educational technology conference is in Grand Rapids this year, March 9-11. If you have not signed up yet, early registration ends February 23. After that, the price goes up $50. You can register here.
Signing up is step one. There are many ways to make your experience more than just an interesting series of sessions. Here a few ideas for you to consider:
1. ) Plan – Generate ideas about what you want to get out of the conference. Based on that, choose sessions and events that address those ideas. If you are going with colleagues, create a system for shared notes around your common goals. Make sure people record links and thinking. You could use this group notes template or something similar.
2.) Reach Out – Many smart, inspiring people will be there, and they will talk, Tweet, or communicate with you if you are open to it. Ask presenters questions, engage with people in sessions; that’s often when the most meaningful experiences occur. Note, I encourage you to write about those experiences in your notes too.
3.) Get Involved – You can volunteer to help with the many tasks required to run such a conference, you can bring a group of students for the student showcase, and/or you can submit to do a Lightning Talk. Here are links to more on each of those: volunteer, student showcase, Lightning Talk (deadline for Lightning Talks is Jan. 30).
Even if you can’t make it, you can access resources and responses using the hashtag #Macul16. This is just a shortlist of the possibilities. The rest is up to you.