I often find myself writing and talking about how technology has greatly enhanced my personal learning network. My online social networks have allowed me to connect with other educators from around the world on a regular basis. Keeping that in mind, I can't say enough about the face-to-face interactions that I have with educators. The Great Lakes 1-1 Computing Conference provided many amazing opportunities for me to do just that. This was the second year of this conference and I have been fortunate to be able to attend both years. Resources from the conference can be found on their wiki and you can see the twitter conversation at their #gl2010 hashtag.
The conversations that I had at the conference are a bit more difficult to replicate online. These conversations took place during conference sessions, breaks, lunch hours,and even at the more "informal" meet-ups outside of the conference hours. Participants were a mixture of veteran one -to-one educators and those considering making the transition to one to one. Those new to or considering one-to-one talked about their fears, concerns, and hopes associated with making this kind of move. The veteran one-to-one educators really centered their conversations around how they can keep moving their schools forward. Both groups really honed in on how one-to-one needs to be a teaching and learning initiative rather than a technology initiative. Everyone benefited greatly from these conversations!
I realize how difficult it is for a teacher or administrator to leave their school for these PD opportunities. I didn't always do a good job myself taking advantage of professional learning outside my school. Unfortunately, that also limits the opportunities to improve and grow as a professional. As a member of the one-to-one community, you may be even more limited on the conferences that are available to you. I have started this google doc as a place to compile one-to-one professional learning opportunities around the country. Please feel free to add aditional learning opportunities to the document and consider taking advantage of those that are of interest to you.