At the end of a long day of rewarding learning opportunities at the TCEA 2014 State Conference’s Google Academy, what a pleasure it was to run into a familiar face, Steve Dembo (@teach42), the face and voice of Discovery Education (smile):
Darn, I make Steve look good in this photo! Thanks to photographer Mary Ray for sharing the picture!
Actually, it was less me running into anyone and Steve strolling casually by and saying hello. That’s one of the powerful aspects of face to face encounters, getting the chance to renew the personal connections that enliven social media connections. I regret I didn’t get a chance to chat at length with him, except to tease him about how svelte he’s looking!
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If you want to catch up with Steve, you can find him at the TCEA14 Campus Leadership Academy. Here’s a little bit of background:
This academy is designed specifically for principals and campus leadership. The day will feature a series of presentations with a focus on the following strands to support your technology integration efforts, provide tools and resources to streamline daily tasks, and keep you up-to-date with current technology issues and trends: Policies and Procedures (legal, legislative, and procedural support), Instructional Tools (resources to support content-specific instruction in the classroom), Changing the Culture of Teaching (professional development and instructional management to provide guidance for the integration of technology in the classroom), and Social Media (effective use of social media as an instructional tool and in public relations).
This academy include a technology update from the Texas Education Association, and a keynote panel with an intriguing discussion from student and leadership perspectives, and featuring a dynamic keynote presentation from Steve Dembo. As a former kindergarten teacher and school Director of Technology, Dembo is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking. Currently serving as Discovery Education’s Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community. Dembo was among the first educators to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities.
Ah, I wish I could switch and sit in the audience, basking in the glow of a learned individual like Steve. Alas, it was not meant to be. I must be content with the ELA Academy.
Just teasing, Steve. Keep up the great work of Untangling the Web.
Disclaimer: I did not receive anything for saying nice things about Steve or linking to his book. Hmm. 🙂
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