I have spent the last two Saturdays the same way. I was making banana nut waffles and growing professionally in my PJs. How you ask did I manage this?
Last Saturday, I was actively following the tweets of EdCamp Tampa Bay. I jumped into a Blab, hosted by Sean Gaillard and Natalie Krayenvenger to learn more about Podcasting. I even asked a question and became more involved with the group. I also enjoyed all of the Periscopes from the event.
This Saturday, I used some of the same tools to be a learner at What Great Educator Do Differently in Chicago as well as EdScape. I got to hear some of the openning and closing speakers.
To me this is HUGE! Why? Now I am not limited by my district’s budget or my personal budget. I also am not limited by my Mommy guilt. I am only limited by my desire. I now know that I can add things to my toolbox without going to a conference. Does this mean I won’t ever go to a conference. No! I just will be more selective about what I attend and how interact digitally.
Here’s my list of my favorite tools:
So get out there and try something new. Location and money are no longer valid excuses for not finding your tribe.
A special thanks to my tribe that lives their PD lives digitally so I can stay in my PJs.