I got to spend three full days with my "peeps" at Macul.
It was pretty awesome.
Spending day one, Wednesday, immersed in Virtual and Augmented Reality with Leslie Fisher kicked off quite the week. I am super excited about all the possibilities of using Merge Cube in the classroom. And my next venture is definitely going to be diving into CoSpacesEDU. Oh, and Google Tour Creator. Two places to begin my VR/AR adventures! Add to that the fact that we were able to send seven teachers to the Wednesday workshops? It made for a very happy me!
Thursday was a medley of sessions and vendors and the student showcase. Got some GREAT ideas for taking our Stop Motion explorations to the next level. Spent some time learning about Digital Badging, which is something I hope to give a go at some point in the near future! Also spent a bit more time with Leslie Fisher learning about the Social Media Apps that kids are using but we probably aren't. A lot more to explore on that topic down the road. Presented on Osmo after that, and despite some tech fails, it wasn't too bad of a session!
Friday kicked off with Kasey Bell. More specifically, Stranger Google with Kasey Bell. Imagine a mash-up of Stranger Things and Google Tools. Entertaining and educational! One of the highlights of that session has to be Semi-Conductor or Body Synth. Both are musical, yes, and both would make for some great brain breaks!
To be honest, the rest of Friday is a bit of a blur. Popped into a few sessions, spent some more time in the vendor hall, visited a few poster sessions. Presented a session on Google tricks and tools.... I was definitely fried.
The conference ended with Gerry Brooks. He is funnier in person than he is on his YouTube channel! It was a great way to wrap a truly great conference! Seriously. I had a really hard time picking sessions this year. More than in years past. Already counting down to next year's Macul in Grand Rapids!