EduCon 2.1 is just about two weeks away, and it is going to be an incredible event. The amount of work that SLA teachers, parents and students are putting into it to make it something wonderful is astounding. For us, it’s our chance to bring together educators in our home and talk about the ideas that we care most about. (And if you’re coming, make sure you spend some time talking to SLA students, they walk the walk every day.)
But in the end, what still astounds me is how much this conference belongs to everyone. It’s up on a wiki again, and presenters are adding things to their wiki, people are starting to plan meet-ups and the twitter search speaks to how much people are making this their own.
I really do believe that this conference speaks to how much the network can come together in real time to make meaning together. That still excites me. I love the idea that so many people are investing their time and energy to come learn together without an exhibit floor, without a fancy conference center, but just in a school with students and teachers (and cheesesteaks.) And that it really happens because a small group of volunteers work hard and a large network cares enough about the ideas to talk about it, blog about it, and then spend their time to come together to make it happen.