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My Top Takeaways from #naisac 2015…and wishes for #naisac 2016

01619482f096a67c9a3f66e52346bdaa3c9795872dSince I take public notes on twitter, my top takeaways will be my tweets or retweets of others. These are the things that will hopefully stick with me long after NAISAC 2015.

Here is my Storify of all my tweets from the conference.

Thanks to those administrators who came to Admin Unplugged and had honest and real conversations in our quest to make our schools a better place for our students. You are the forward thinking, approachable leaders who will surely  be instrumental in designing the revolution!

Thanks also to all the #isedchat folks who came to Summer Shack! Loved connecting. 018f787e9258d26140ad9ce64c4719be8335f54d52

For NAISAC 2016,  I wish for:

  • more opportunities for conversations
  • less PowerPoints
  • ways to connect with people in similar positions
  • ways to be an active participant in sessions, instead of being a passive receiver of information.
  • a live twitter stream during speakers so participant’s questions can be answered.

Thanks NAIS for an amazing conference.   Until next year! 🙂


#isedchat @ #naisac: Nothing like being face to face!

Each Thursday night at 9pm EST, a group independent school educators gather “virtually,” using the twitter hashtag #isedchat, to discuss a hot topic determined by a twtpoll or by the guest moderator.  Lots of learning, sharing and connections are made, and the hour is guaranteed to fly by.

This week, our #isedchat was in a different form– we were face to face…and it was amazing! We discussed programs at our school, successes, failures, resources, and much more. Putting that face to the twitter handle is a great thing!  This was a value added for my conference experience and I thank everyone who made it over to Summer Shack. We had an awesome time!




MakerSpace Day 1 and Looking to Day 2

New this year at the NAIS Annual Conference is an Interactive MakerSpace. This space was really buzzing today as many came through and saw 3D printing for the first time, played the Makey Makey piano with their feet, explored many of the wonderful student generated projects created by students from The Meadowbook School of Weston MA. There are also 11 posters representing different school’s approaches to making and maker spaces as well as an additional 15 schools currently posted in the Online Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces. If you have not been there yet, you must go! It is in the Exhibit Hall next to the NAIS Bookstore. We hope to see you there tomorrow.

Again, a huge thanks to Jonathan Schmid, Chris Lindsay, Nathan Tanaka, Mike Scafati, and Rachel Shuler from the Meadowbrook School for their help in the space. Here are a few images from today. If you missed it, you must get there tomorrow. What a wonderful resource for starting a program at your school.

Graphic Reporters Record Independent Matters

Independent Matters: Designing the Revolution provided an opportunity for three amazing individuals to share their passions and work in a short presentation. The following pictures showcase the work of the graphic recorders who captured these presentations. This year featured Neri Oxman, Brian Bordainick and Sunni Brown. Explore the images below and the links below them to learn more about these three amazing individuals.

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Neri Oxman

Personal website

MIT Media Lab Bio

 Neri Oxman Revolution in Art and Design using 3D printing 

 Brian Bordainick


Sunni Brown


TED Talk

Graphic Reporters Record Thursday Opening Session

For the past several years, NAIS has included a very cool way of recording what is shared during the general sessions. These are amazing to see develop during the session as the artists take the words shared by the speakers and on the fly, create these amazing representations. By looking over these slides taken of the images created, you can really get a sense of what was shared and what the big take home points were..

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Thursday Morning General Session- Kicking off NAISAC 2015 in Boston

The following photo links you do the Storify collection of Tweets generated from this morning’s session. If you were not here, this is a way you can explore some of what was shared by the speakers and the reactions of those who were in attendance. If you were there, this is a place where you can relive some of the ideas shared across the community. What a fantastic start to the conference and what became an amazing day.

Thursday am storify

If you missed John Maeda, here are some links to help you get to know him better and explore his world as shared on the Interent. What an amazing storyteller and thinker.

Maeda Studio

John Maeda Twitter

TED Talk: Designing for simplicity

TED: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders