I presented at my state convention...
and I survived!
It was a bit nerve wracking (it is a lot easier to feel confident in front of 30 5th/6th graders than 15 of your peers) but it was also a lot of fun. I had to switch things up a bit with the computer. My feedly account wouldn't open in internet explores but would in foxfire and even then I couldn't get my account to open but could start a new one... and ended up starting one for the person who presented before me. I ended up running through my PowerPoint and then demonstrating which means I covered the information faster than planned to and jumped around more than I wanted to but the people I knew in the presentation said they could follow what I was doing. (they were my friends though....hmmmm).
I have to send a huge thank you out to Timothy Bogatz (check him out at http://eastartroom.wordpress.com/) who presented right before me. He helped me get through the computer glitches, taught me about how to use twitter without it being a time suck (thank you tweetdeck) and he allowed me to start him a Feedly account in which he is following some girly home improvement blogs I love.
Wayne State College did a great job of hosting us and two things really stand out to me...
#1 How much work the college art ed students did. They were everywhere; presenting, guiding, running the show. They even recreated their "Black Box Theater" for us. They painted clear plastic with florescent paint and hung them in a black room with black lights. It was really awesome! You walked in and were blown away.
#2 The Sistine Chapel at the planetarium. The WSC science staff used their planetarium technology to allow us to sit and enjoy the Sistine Chapels's ceiling. It was awesome!