Many are writing and tweeting about their take-away from the event, mine came in a session on the Paperless Classroom that was facilitated by @shawnmccusker. Most of the discussion revolved around workflow for a paperless classroom (Google Docs, Evernote, BigCampus, etc...). Some of the discussion was focused on devices and the varied experience that may exist in a laptop classroom as opposed to an iPad classroom and logically the discussion progressed to how to teach in a 1:1 classroom.
Well into the discussion I remembered a TEDx Talk that I saw over a year ago by Simon Sinek, "How Great Leaders Inspire Action." The talk has always resonated in my memory and influences a great deal of the professional development I run and my philosophy towards technology integration.
What struck me about this talk and has caused it to stick in my memory is how simple the idea is and yet, it is often overlooked. Too often in an attempt to integrate technology into our classrooms, we start with the "What", proceed to the "How" and rarely get to the "Why". Here is "what" we are going to do today, this is "how" we are going to do it...and oh yeah, this is "why" it matters...if we are lucky we get to the why.