Last month, I had to Google "how to write a press release" and then spent a while actually writing one, for the first time in my life.
A couple Saturdays ago, I was writing and emailing contract agreements to four other educators, only two of whom that I have actually met face-to-face.
In January, I was filling in forms to file a non-profit corporation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, of which I am now the President, Treasurer, Clerk, and Director. Bow before me, mere mortals!!
My life as a conference organizer is really weird. We are less than 100 days from the start of FlipTech New England, and it feels like sort of an in-between period. Too early for planning micro-details like ordering coffee & lunch or making signs (but not too soon to think about these things sometimes!). I have finally solved the self-imposed dilemma of What To Do About the Keynote, and after a 3-month emotional roller-coaster ("why won't anybody apply?!") we have a solid slate of session presenters. So many extra details involved with that aspect of conference organizing, much of which I can't really divulge publicly so I won't. [#itgetsweird]
Along the way I have already made contact with a bunch of flippers around the world whom I didn't know existed: a video producer in Norway, an English teacher from South Africa, several STEM teachers in adjacent states ... among others. This is an exciting if intermittently daunting process....
Oh, and the other reason why I'm not blogging very much: editing & producing the Flipped Learning Today newsletter that came out last weekend. This was my second go-around as editor, and I think it went smoother than the first time in December. There are "only" seven pieces, but juggling all the contributors is a special kind of challenge. I made a GoogleDoc to keep track, which really helped and I should continue that system for the Summer edition. I feel proudest of getting the Alex Nixon interview because he is just awesome, and also I could listen to his voice forever. We planned to record a second interview very early one Friday morning* that got 'killed' by a power outage at my house that day. No internet, no light, no good. I barely made it to school on time!!
* because he lives in Bahrain, which is 7 hours ahead of my time on the East Coast
However, I need to raise my game as a blogger ... and it's nearly time to revive #flipblogs for the 3rd (4th??) time. Details very flipping soon!