I thankfully had the opportunity to go to the Miami Device Conference put on by Felix Jacomino and the entire St. Stephen's Episcopal School staff. The name of the conference of course about says it all, but that would actually do an inservice to it because location was of course one major bonus, but hospitality was even better. Hats off to Felix and the rest of the St. Stephen's Episcopal staff for putting on a top notch, first class, edtech conference. As my friend Craig Badura said, "it was like an edtech nirvana" with the best of best in edtech converging on one place to share, collaborate, and connect. Being from the Midwest, places / schools like St. Stephen's Episcopal and Coconut Grove don't exist. The school grounds were beautiful and classroom doors opened to the outside. It is truly a wonderful space. The lunches provided by @SageDining were very good and simply being outside soaking up the beautiful weather for lunch and in between sessions while also walking to the opening and closing keynotes was definitely a bonus coming from the Midwest chill of fall.
Conferences like Miami Device provide amazing chances for educators to learn, grow, and collaborate from their colleagues. Giving educators the opportunity to connect and learn from others is wildly important, particularly outside of their own district which can become a bit of echo chamber sometimes. For me, Miami Device was a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the best in edtech today! I attended many amazing sessions and my thinking was stretched on many topics. I was able to collaborate and meet people from my PLN that I had not met face to face which is always cool. I met many other people I did not previously know or follow on Twitter as well which was great adding so many new folks to my PLN and building new relationships.
There is great value in connecting and collaborating with other educators from different places and schools and Miami Device was an amazing venue for this! Felix and his crew even planned a concert to send us all off. Miami Device was well planned, well executed, and simply well done.
Thank you again Felix and the rest of the St. Stephen's Episcopal staff for hosting!
See you two years, unless you change your mind and go annual. ; )