10+ Tips for Getting the Most Out of #RSCON3

I hope you have marked this Friday, July 29th to Sunday, July 31st to attend the freeย Reform Symposium E-Conference! Not only can you attend anywhere with Internet access but you get to hang with nearly 8000 educators worldwide and choose from nearly 100 keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions to attend! In order to get the most out of this free e-conference I recommend the following:

Make your own personal planner/schedule

*Tip: Wait till all the webinar links are included in the schedule before you do this ๐Ÿ™‚

*Tip:ย Add an extra column to include the webinar recording you should receive by next week ๐Ÿ™‚

*Why not share your personalized schedule with other educators in your school by emailing it to them?! It might entice them to join a few sessions ๐Ÿ™‚

Other useful tips:

  • Be sure to register to be entered into the prizes/raffle
  • Can’t decide which sessions to attend? Check out the Reform Symposium Youtube channel with over 40 presenter teaser videos ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Prepare a Google Docs template for notes which includes the headers of the session you are attending and any information/links you can get ahead of time
  • Get the free World Time Clock/Converter and Meeting Planner apps for your iPhone and your iPadย to make sure you attend in the right time zone!
  • Prepare your Posterous, Tumblr, Summify, Scoop.it, LiveBinder or other quick and easy platform for sharing the resources and notes you collect ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Evernote, Diigo, Tweetdeck, Google Docs, and Posterous all have free apps for mobile devices! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Use the hashtag #rscon3 to share your resources and meet other educators to add to your Personal/Passionate Learning Network, PLN!
  • Follow the @RSCON3 Twitter account to keep the latest updates! Add a column for this or the hashtag on your Tweetdeck!
  • Regularly add Twitter folks and Facebook friends when attending sessions by saving the Chats and Whiteboards in Elluminate. Feel free to ask the people you interact with for ย away to keep in touch with them!
  • Make sure to tell your family members about the conference & make it fun by hosting a viewing party where everyone can see what you are up to! Friends and family may enjoy some of the sessions. You can easily hook up your laptop to many tvs! Include a microphone so your family members can ask questions on the audio afterwards! Enjoy popcorn and pajama professional development with your loved ones!


Invite a friend or a few friends who are not involved in online professional development to attend or host a party in your home for a group to attend!

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What other tips do you have for those attending RSCON3?

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


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