I don’t think I’m the only one that has a hard time putting their phone away and dropping out of the back channel during ISTE. However, I challenge you to try because sometimes the most powerful PLN connection you can make is literally sitting right next to you. Embrace the “adjacent possibilities” that occur when you:
- Spot a old friend, professor, or college walking the other direction. You not only have a chance to reminisce, but might find out about new opportunities.
- Say hello to your PLN “rock stars”. Most of them are normal people and love to connect. Online relationships become even more meaningful when their is a face with a name.
- Attend a session and don’t use twitter. Instead take pictures or notes and make an effort to introduce yourself to everybody near your. I promise you the “FOMO” will disappate faster than you think.
I was challenged to unplug during the keynote yesterday and at first it hurt but then I found myself engage in a way I haven’t been in a long time. I even made it most of the way without a single tweet. I couldn’t resist posting the Wagner Radiolab link.
We’ve all spent a large sum of money to be at ISTE in person, don’t forget to make some human contacts. Your PLN will thank you for it.