Dublin Literacy Conference 2015

Every year the school district I work in puts on a fabulous literacy conference, The Dublin Literacy Conference. They bring in wonderful authors and fill the day with helpful sessions. This year the conference landed on February 21, 2015, the same day it decided to snow about seven inches. We had a great turnout and was so impressed that so many people attended despite the snow. I attended three different sessions during the day…Using Skype, Edmodo and Twitter to Make Connections and Build Relationships, Supporting Literacy Learners Through the Student Success Team Process, and Creating a School-side Reading Climate Through Marketing and Connecting with Students.

All of the sessions I attended were wonderful and I learned a lot but I wonder something. Is it okay to give your session a title to lure people in but talk about something completely different? I was really looking forward to presenting on Twitter but my session was canceled two weeks prior due to low numbers. I decided to attend the session entitled, Using Skype, Edmodo and Twitter to Make Connections and Build Relationships hoping to learn a little bit more about these technologies…I was wrong. The session was focused on new picture books and their authors. I was very disappointed and even more bummed that I wasn’t able to present on Twitter. Did the presenters choose knowingly to use a different title in order to gather the numbers? Were the audience members upset that the session didn’t focus on anything in the title? Could I have had my session if they were more honest with the title of their session? I think so…