We cannot help it, those of us that have been around for a quarter of a century. We stand around with our volunteer shirts on, greeting familiar faces we see only a few times a year. We relive the beginnings of what has become a movement in education. What is amazing to me is how much I learn from everyone at the conference, whether it is in the sessions, talking to other ICE members, or helping newcomers. Today I am enjoying the presentations of my previous students. It's always a thrill for a teacher to see her students doing well.
I was so nervous about standing up in front of other people and talking! What if something didn't work? That has happened often enough at NLU. What if I said something stupid or went completely blank. I don't use notes for my presentation, so if I panic, I forget everything. Luckily, I had support from others, so I was able to feel good about what I did. I was pleasantly surprised by my Superintendent Bill Delp in the room, although it raised the stress for me: will he approve? How many other teachers can brag that their superintendent goes to technology conferences?!
Once again, Illinois Computing Educators have amazed me with all that's going on in the technological world. Back to Lucy Gray. Be sure to check out her blog: High Techspectations.
I must also mention an excellent wiki made by Tracy Murdoch.