It was the first time I had been to a conference the size of SXSWedu and the number of sessions was astounding. At any give time you could have 3 or 4 highlighted that you wanted to attend. And yet through all the sessions I was reminded that much of our learning comes in those informal conversations.
- over breakfast with your table neighbour Amanda where you pick up a quick strategy like yes, and
- during a social network hearing an awesome idea from Suzie & Alicia about recycling old admin phones for VR.
- with individuals at a Maker Meet Up like Mo whose work you have followed on Instagram for a long time and end up in those random deep conversations about education .
- in a session where you hear about the great stories of a group like UrbanTxt from Oscar
- where you are able to connect with the people behind some of your favourite tools like Joey from Flipgrid and Kaja from Kahoot (who would have expected an Ontario/Queens university connection in Texas with someone from Norway).
- over dinner with new and old Apple Distinguished Educator friends where you can share stories and tools with friends like Ann Kozma.
- with your colleague that ping pong between education, neuroscience and life in general reminding you how awesome of a human they are.
The best part about learning from conversations? They aren’t bound by a specific space or time. Every day brings with it the opportunity to learn from awesome humans.