I know I promised the Ugly in this post, but after today's Keynote Address, I just had to write a new post. Don't worry, I've got plenty of snark in me; I'm just not ready to unleash it yet.
Christina and I were almost ready to skip the Keynote today after the debacle of opening day, but the Universe steered us toward getting to the conference center just in time to walk in and find a good seat. I would like to take this moment to thank the Universe for that manipulation because HOLY SHMOLY!
Kevin Caroll opened the conference today, and let me tell you, he makes up for every minute I sat and stewed and endured Ashley Judd. He was incredible.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Kevin Carroll, founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst, pointing to what got him started[/caption]
Kevin Carroll is a consultant, the most dynamic, positive, and non-specific consultant you can imagine. Nike paid him for seven years to just be himself. During that time, he created his job, the position of "Katalyst," someone who serves as a creative agent for change. I'm not going to copy his whole biography here, but I will give you the link to his page so you can learn about him yourself.
In yesterday's post, "Yesterday was the Good, Today is the Bad," I wrote that ISTE should have considered three requirements of its Keynote Speaker: 1) good public speaking skills, 2)knowledge of education issues, and 3) knowledge of education technology issues. In my post I wrote that the Keynote Speaker should meet at least two of the three requirements. Mr. Carroll is a stellar example of someone who was able to tailor his brand to fit the needs of his audience. He talked about the importance of education--in and out of school. He talked about embracing play as a way to learn. He talked about embracing curiosity and the joy of life. I could go on and on, but I won't. I encourage you to check out his sources and come to your own conclusions.
Mr. Carroll made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Most importantly, he made me proud to be an educator and reinforced my desire to strive to be a better educator and leader. Thank you Kevin Carroll, and thank you ISTE.
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