My favorite kind of conference to attend are educational technology conferences, especially the EdTechTeam Google Summits. I attended my first conference about 3 years ago and I've been hooked ever since. Most of them are a couple days of intense learning about tools and strategies you could use in your classroom. You always walk away with too many great ideas to process, but yet so excited about all the possibilities of what could be. I find that in almost every sessions I attend, I can find a nugget of information I can use.
Last year, I presented at my first EdTechTeam Google Summit. I had a supervisor once tell me, when you leave a conference with the thought, "I could do that", it is then your responsibility to do it. So, after my third Google Conference and obtaining several Google Certifications, I decided I was ready.
As I prepare to go present at my fourth Google conference, I get excited every time. I want to bring something new to teachers, who in turn, will bring something new to students. I convinced a friend recently to present at a Google Conference. He has some of the same reservations I did the first time I presented, fear of not being relevant enough. He has crafted an informative session about Google Classroom and is ready to present next week. I am looking forward to hearing how his session goes. I know he will do a great job teaching those who are new to Google Classroom how to get started.
If you are doing something great, keep working. Get the certifications and background you need and be brave. Put yourself out there for the good of students. It will be a lot of work, but it will be worth it.
Instructional specialist/coach, Google Certified Trainer, Level 1 and 2 Google Certified educator, Ed Tech Team Teacher Leader Certified, growing and learning