What do you get when you combine charter, independent and public schools in one venue? You get a confluence of influencers and that is a rarity in most towns including Savannah. The energy was palpable as participants arrived early and started to socialize during the ramp up time before the official kickoff. Coffee and donuts, bagels and loads of treats from Panera Bread filled several long tables in the upper school cafeteria. A whiteboard stood ready to be decorated with colorful sticky notes and inventive titles of on-the-fly sessions. On the stage, a table displayed the donated prizes, raffled off at the end of the conference. A wide range of topics from paperless classrooms to 3D printing and maker labs, ipads in the elementary classroom, re-imagining the media center and how to get students involved in coding.
We hope to see everyone back for more sharing next year and we hope all who attended will bring a friend. The timing appeared right for many since we had 85 RSVP's and over 120 attendees. FETC is earlier next year and the annual Savannah Book Festival will be held on 2-15. Let's hope for some great weather, free of ice and snow. See you in 2015.
But wait! If that's just too far away and you want to get together online for a G+ hangout or for a local meetup, please watch our site and twitter feed for details of future gatherings.