“Oh, you are going to E2? It is a life-changing experience!” From the day I learned I was going to Paris for Microsoft’s Educator Exchange conference, I heard that phrase in many ways, from many former attendees. I would smile and nod and think, “How can a conference be life-changing?” I mean, I’m getting to go out of the country for the first time in my life. That’s pretty cool. But, life changing? Come on.
But now, a week later, as I look back over my time at E2 I can honestly say it was a life-changing event. And not in any way I would have expected. I didn’t learn an amazing new technology that will take the world by storm. I didn’t come home with 1,000 new tools I wanted to try out. But I did come back with a new mindset, and that mindset is changing the way I look at the world, my job, and my students.