This was my second ASCA conference and it did not disappoint. Going to a conference when you have a PLN on twitter is a whole new experience and I’d have to say a much better one because you already know people before you get there. This makes the conference so much richer. Last year I went by by myself, but I was certainly not alone. It was a very special conference because I was going to surprise my friend Erin Mason. That memory will resonate with me for many years to come. It was a magical moment when I finally suprised her. You can check out my blog post from last year here.
Here are some of the highlights from this years conference:
Connecting with other School Counsellors and friends especially my roomie Bridget @bridgethelms.
Celebrating the book launching and signing of my friend Carol’s @tmscounselor new book Star Bound.
The tweetup . Seeing people F2F is fabulous!
Seeing my friend Ed.Jacobs . I never get tired of listening to him and @doc_schimmel present. They are amazing! If you have never checked out one of their sessions on Impact Therapy and groups you need to!
Tim Schriver’s keynote was so inspirational and of course made me cry.
Russ Sabella’s session on Ethics and School Counselling which inspired this post Privacy An Illusion.
The collaboration and fun things to come… Ideas flow at conferences.
Here are a couple of videos from the conference:
Here are two storifies: One for those at ASCA15 and one for those #notatasca thanks to Danielle Schultz.
If you haven’t been to an ASCA Conference go.Next year it is in New Orleans. Before you do connect with other School Counsellors in #SCCrowd , #scchat , #hscchat , #SCin30 and #escchat. Looking forward to seeing and connecting with you! Until then see you on twitter @sspellmancann on video in #SCin30 or in one of our monthly chats.
Want to donate to help someone be able to go to ASCA16 please donate here: Click on Jeremy’s twitter post.
Today I decided to go with a new theme on my blog. I wanted a new fresh look to start off the summer. After a lot of exploration I decided to go with the theme you see here on my blog. I am using the picture of HOPEthat was given to me by Ray Mirshahi @mirshahi. I love this picture for so many reasons. I hope you do too.
Too many people think that what they post on line is private. I was one of those people before #ETMOOC almost three years ago. I thought if I put on my privacy settings that I would be protected. Don’t be fooled. Act as if all is public always. I know that it isn’t easy for young people today because the world is watching. It makes me wonder if I would have acted any diffferent in my youth if I knew that. Teachers, School Counsellors and Administrators are increasingly posting on line and they most certainly need to be good citizens online and off. We are role models for all. Take a look at what Russ Sabella had to say during his session on Ethics at #ASCA15
If you scan Dr. Sabella’s QR code you can download the presentation into your dropbox files. if you are not sure how to scan go to the website on the tweet above.
I like the statementJUST BECAUSE YOU CAN … DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD
One of the many great things I learned in ETMOOC was that you need to create your own digital footprint before anyone else does it for you. So flood the internet with the positives that you do and are.
School Counsellors you can and must be a leader. Google yourself often to make sure your presence is what you want it to be. Set up google alerts to make sure your footprint is positive. You can start today to create your digital identity. By you learning all the ins and outs of posting online you will better understand your students and how you can help them. Will you make some mistakes? I am sure you will, I certainly have, but I feel I am much better prepared today to prepare our students for tomorrow.
You can spread your positive ideas and make a difference in the world and as a result be a role model for students and encourage others to do the same. So if you don’t know already complete privacy is an ilusion. I ask you to please make your mark in the world a positive one. Think before you post.
Here are a couple of my haiku decks on Digital Citizenship and privacy: