CADA Conference 2013

As we near our state convention, I wanted to take some time to share with you some insider tips and information that will help make your experience amazing.  For new attendees this is priceless, for veterans, I might even hit on something you forgot from last year (or already know), and for old timers – you will most likely see me at your workshops.

1. Create a checklist, this will ensure you get everything you need for your lesson plans at school as well as in your bag for San Diego.

2. The CADA program is online now with most of the programs and workshops listed.  I wouldn’t print it out (it’s over 50 pages long), but this will give you an idea of the types of workshops you will want/need to see as well as the keynote speakers. Feel hardcore, check out the CADA Convention App. Create an account, choose your schedule, link up with Facebook. It’s the program you keep on your smartphone.

3. Bring a bag with some space. You will receive many items from the vendors: t-shirts, pencils, notepads, candy and possibly one of the many raffle prizes that the vendors will be awarding.  These make great items to give to your kids or staff members when you return.

4. If you don’t have business cards, bring something with your name on it, like labels.  This is much easier than filling out raffle tickets or information sheets over and over again. Many vendors use an scanner called “Lead Finder.” They scan your badge and get your info right away.

5.  Check the weather, highs in the low 60’s and lows in the low 50’s.  While we are inside during the day, for some of the networking events and in between workshops you may be outside.

7. Bring a computer, netbook or iPad if you have one.  You will have access to the web 24/7.  We want you to interact with technology and create items at the workshops so you can go back to school and use them to access documents and resources presenters have put online.

8. Create a twitter account. We will posting updates and holding conversations on Twitter throughout convention. Our hash-tag will be #cada2013 (if you don’t know what that means, check out the workshop on Twitter, if you do know what that means, start following!) That being said, check out our Facebook page for pictures and posts about the days events.

9. Create a Google account/email address.  We will be spending a lot of time using free Google software and planning lessons right in the workshops.  Having the account started and ready to access will be a huge step in the right direction for you.

10. Download the CADA iPhone app.  If you have an iPhone, this app is for you as it has our Twitter feed; and it will give you access to our podcasts, blog, YouTube channel, as well as a multitude of leadership and technology links online. This is different than the conference app listed above.

This list is only a start, though this should give you a great insight into what to expect a week from Wednesday.  If nothing else, bring an open mind and a courageous spirit as you are about to be surrounded by over 1200 of the most inspirational and energetic educators, administrators, and businesses in the United States.  If there is any proof that learning is fun, it’s the CADA state convention, see you in San Diego.

Also, if we missed anything you think is important, feel free to add it in the comments below.


~ by cadaleaders on February 19, 2013.

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