We Get By With a Little Help From Our (Social Media) Friends

July 21, 2016

Remy Robitaille

What happened when almost 2000 like-minded, innovative educators came together for a week-long meeting of the minds? Breakthrough professional development moments, shared best practices across an international audience and re-focusing on how to best serve and educate students.

And thanks to social media, it didn’t happen in a vacuum.

Due to the dedication of NTAC 2016 attendees, we were able to communicate the impact of personalized PBL learning not only to attendees, but also to the larger worldwide audience dedicated to providing authentic, deeper learning to all students.

We were able to follow the cross-country journey of a New Tech educator headed to NTAC on his scooter, a PBL teacher in Australia watched our keynote address live on Periscope (shout out to Melanie Crafton for live-streaming!), New Tech Network educators who couldn’t attend due to illness or family emergencies were able to enjoy the key learnings and moments from each day and people worldwide who are new to PBL were able to experience the passion of New Tech Network.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the #NTAC16 stream. From amazing selfies, breakthrough moments and sharing connections with new schools in the network, you documented an impactful week and left us motivated for the upcoming year.

I also want to give a special shout out to this year’s social team:

Drea Bocook, Clive Learning Academy
Josh Byard, Trumann Intermediate School
Malorie Crafton, Calumet New Tech High School
Mark Darket, Belleville New Tech
Kirsten Fitzgerald, Calumet New Tech High School
Emily Lewis, Crestview School of Inquiry
Adam Nidey, Crestview School of Inquiry
Vernadette Rino, Cedar Grove
Brooke Von Stein, Crestview School of Inquiry

Thanks for volunteering your time!

Interested in joining the social team next year? I hope you’ll accept a flashing bracelet and meet us in St. Louis!

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