Consider the line up for this year's conference:
-Dave Burgess, AKA Talk Like a Pirate
Throw in two breakfasts, two lunches, free wireless and parking--- all for $100? (and presenters attend for free) No wonder more than 400 people registered. My primary reasons to attend: ICE helps you experience the same joy of learning that you hope students will, and I get to see lots of friends!
|Some of my media specialist friends at ICE. AISLE had great representation |
Photo courtesy of Michelle Green
|Buzz saw? Whirlwind? Psycho? No-- it's Dave Burgess!|
One of the best things about attending: the learning and connections continue. There are so many opportunities through ICE and the IDOE Office of eLearning. Whether it's the Thursday night twitter chats http://inelearnchat.blogspot.com/ or other programs, it is easy to find encouragement and support. ICE has been during my fall break the past few years, and fits nicely with what I want to experience on a vacation: enjoyment, time with friends, learning new things. I rarely go anywhere over break, but if I do, I plan around being able to attend ICE. It's disappointing to me that some educators think of it as "giving up" their vacation. There's no hassle of lesson plans, having a sub, and I think districts might more easily be able to come up with a mere $100 for this wonderful experience. It could also be that many classroom teachers don't realize this exists, as they are rarely sent outside their districts for PD anymore.