By: Brad Waid
Tuesday night I boarded a plane for Washington DC. I was flying out for the National School Board Association's 20 to Watch ceremony. After landing in DC and getting a little rest, I was ready for the whirlwind of scheduled events that were to begin the next day.
Once everyone had arrived and the organizers said their welcome, TechSmith showed us the latest updates on their screen casting product. It was incredible. Next, were the stories. Everyone went around the room and shared their stories and it seemed like every other person called was "Brad". It must be a good year for Brad's in Educational Technology as there were 3 of us named Brad there. I can't share all the stories, but I did do a play-by-play on twitter using #20towatch. There were some amazing stories and some amazing things that are being done all around the country like; Performance Based Education, Redesigning Student Workspaces, Innovative Professional Development, PBL, Flipped, Maker Movement and more! I was in a room with such amazing, incredible and innovative people.
|Me and BH School Supt. Rob Glass|
After everyone had received their award, they did the closing and we all went up to take pictures together.
Now during the two days, each of us were required to schedule a time slot for our individual interview with Tom Lapping from JDL Horizons who directing interviews for the National School Board Association. Mine was right after the Recognition Ceremony, so I was off to another room.
|Me and Brian|
The 20 of us and our guest walked about 3 blocks from the hotel to La Tomate where we went upstairs to the loft area for our group to have dinner. This dinner was another chance for us to chat with our fellow 20toWatchers and this is where the "Selfie" out break happened! Ok, it may have just been me! We as a group took an "Ellen-style" selfie and I took one with most everyone there. This is the collage of "20toWatch selfies". After a good meal, good conversation and great pics. It was time to retire and start again in the morning.
The next morning it was time for our breakfast with The Center for Digital Education at the District Line Restaurant at the Hilton. When I got into the room, I saw Tanya Rascorla a reporter for the Center who did a story on Drew and I at ISTE in San Antonio last year. The Center spoke about their mission and what they were looking at for the 2014 calendar. While we were enjoying great food, all of us spoke again about what we were doing with students and educational technology and sharing our stories with The CDE. After breakfast, some of us were off to the airport, some were off to the CoSN conference so we all said our good byes and exchanged contact information.
After a whirlwind two days, the 20 of us were now a group that would be forever linked together....and I am truly grateful to be a part of such an amazing group of people doing amazing things.