|Jon Corippo congratulating the student panel on a job well done!|
|Ari Flewelling explaining her thoughts on #TechEsteem|
After Ari's keynote, attendees were treated to dozens of sessions of varying educational technology, from hyperdocs to Google tools, social media to blogging, makerspaces to coding, and digital citizenship to podcasting. Many presenters, such as Joanne Schmutz, Heather Nail, and Keith Thomsen, hail from Las Vegas, but many others like Amanda Haughs, Tom Covington, Michael Jephcott, Randall Sampson, and Jennifer Casa-Todd hailed from California, Ohio, and even Ontario, Canada! Each session ended with a 15-minute break to network and move on to the next session, and the looks on the faces of attendees were of pure amazement, as you could see in their faces how they would begin to implement what they learned.
|Ben even dressed for an after party!|
When I started my reflection piece on Sunday, my mind was buzzing from the weekend and I was trying very hard to be quick and concise so the post didn't get too long. About halfway through writing, I decided to think a little more about everything and pick up where I left off on Monday afternoon. However, everything changed when I woke up on Monday at 5:30 AM. I woke up to a text message from my brother/best friend/roommate from college Brandon, asking if I was okay and that he needed to hear from me ASAP. Confused and still half asleep, I groggily text back, "I'm fine." I realized what he meant when I ambled out to the living room to turn on the TV news while I got the coffee going. After I had gone to bed on Sunday night, a crazed gunman changed my city of Las Vegas forever when he rained terror down from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay on over 22,000 country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. As of this writing, 530 people were injured, with 59 people killed in this cowardly, senseless, heinous, gut-wrenching, disgusting, and horrific act of violence.
|If you are able, blood is in short supply, |
please consider a trip to your local blood
bank to help the victims of the Las Vegas
While so many lessons were learned this weekend with the #CUENV17 Silver State Technology Conference, so much of it pales in comparison to the lesson that I already knew, but was reiterated with the events on the Las Vegas Strip: don't ever take any moment for granted, hug your kids and spouse, tell people you love them, and in general, be a great person that is willing to help. If we can all live our lives this way, the world will overcome hatred, bigotry, and violence.
Until next time...
|The CUE-NV Board and friends look forward to seeing you at future events!|