"Chase the adjacent possible" stuck with me as well. My initial reaction to it was to think of Vygotsky's zone of proximal development. I'm still mulling over where it meets with that idea and where it diverges.
EduCon packs a lot into a little time and space. I think one of the greatest powers of it is the thinking and conversations that continue after the fact. Not every conference manages that unfortunately.
I love this post, Lisa! To be honest, I find it very easy to get lost in terms. My soochl division uses terms like PLC (professional learning community), PLT (professional learning team), etc. These groups consist of teachers who have come together to share thoughts and ideas, and to work toward exploring topics as determined by the group. Your point that, It isn’t about the tools, but where the people are with whom you want to connect really hits home. As a soochl division, we make use of technology to a degree (email, BRIDGIT, Moodle. etc.). However, we primarily use it to keep in touch with other colleagues within our soochl division. Through this class, I am seeing so many new possibilities and am excited about the opportunity to connect with professionals from around the globe. I am hoping I can incorporate some of these tools in my work beyond the end date of this class and can encourage some of my internal' PLC/PLT groups to consider using these tools to connect with others that we really should be connecting with in order to learn and grow.
I think it's great that your were able to let go and participate a bit more this year.
"SLA invited its personal learning network to come spend three days to come to our funky little school and learn with us." I never thought of a school having a PLN, but that makes a lot of sense. Educon is a network of PLNs, linking to your "funky little school" to some of the most innovative thinkers out there. I should have interviewed the school for my video project
I hope other schools are as actively seeking to define and expand their own PLN.