Podstock is an Educational Technology Conference that focuses on giving Educators the support and resources to engage Students on a whole new level in the classroom. Hosted at the Old Town Hotel and Conference Center in Wichita, Kansas, Podstock has been delivering quality professional learning opportunities for almost 10 years now. Kevin Honeycutt and the amazing Essdack staff have made it their goal to welcome Educators from around the world and provide them with a unique, engaging and fun environment. I had the privilege of making our 3rd visit to Podstock last week with my wonderful team members Sarah Wood and Kelly McGee. Every year I am amazed by how much I learn and the new connections I make there.
|Kelly McGee wearing STEAMpunk Goggles|
This year the focus was on TECHspoloration and my team and I 'gravitated' to a table that had Hummingbird kits made by Birdbrain Technologies. Our pretty cool mission instructor Katie Henry walked us through the process of how to use Scratch and other programming software to program the
Hummingbird to do some pretty amazing tricks. Naturally, my team decided to build a Llama named Lamar out of Cardboard and some other maker supplies. Here is a video of our creation.
|Katie Henry walking Dan Townsend through Scratch|
Why you should make the trip
Podstock is more than just a conference, it is a family. I have met so many wonderful people who I have added to my Professional Learning Network. They have so many great ideas and goals when it comes to the classroom, but most importantly they are just good people. There is no judgement here at podstock; only encouragement and support like you have never experienced before. I feel empowered every time I get around these folks because I know they have my back, and I have theirs. There are so many people at Essdack and outside of essdack that make Podstock happen and they should be recognized because the work that they do is truly changing the world. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend podstock, I strongly encourage you to do so. It is one of the best conferences I have ever been to and I am proud to be apart of the Podstock Family. Come join us!