Okay. I have a very large caveat for this post. This is personal. It's also professional. What can I say, I love what I do. It's a job that feels like art. The reason why I have a blog on Inside Higher Ed (IHE) is because of my personal/professional blog posts. My blog has been in the "sphere" since 2004. I've been writing about student affairs, higher education, and technology topics for a very long time. In 2006, I wrote that "technology needs to be part of our [student affairs] competencies." In 2010, I echoed that sentiment when I titled a post on this blog "Technology needs to be more than a "thread." When people ask me why I blog, my answer is usually this: I want to push us forward when it comes to technology and student affairs. A simple answer cradled within a complex agenda. It's mult-faceted. Sometimes I push and others push back even harder. Patience and persistence are my virtual vitamins.
When I first heard this summer that NASPA was going to put on a Student Affairs and Technology Conference I was thrilled. I think I had tears in my eyes. Finally. Those of us who have been passionate advocates for more technology-focused events in student affairs could breathe a sigh of relief. An event like no other. A student affairs and technology conference. It's called #NASPAtech. You had better believe that we will all remember that it was NASPA who took the risk in putting on this conference. Who would sign up? Well, it turns out that a lot of people from a wide variety of disciplines are going to be at #NASPAtech.
I'm excited about a number of sessions, including:
- Alternative Professional Development Using Personal Learning Networks by Jeff Jackson
- Bacon & Eggs: How social media and traditional marketing go hand in hand to create synergy and improve student engagement by Christian Aniciete
- Illiterati No More: Tech and Social Media in the Co-Curriculum by Lace M. Smith
- The Dustless Training Manual: Using Wikis to Get Everyone on the Same Page by Katie McFaddin
- There’s An App For That: Student Affairs Goes Mobile by Leslie Dare
The session line-up is weighted heavily around social media, but that's to be expected. It's the hot topic for a lot of industries right now. While the tweetstream reads like a #SAchat reunion, I am positive that the #SAtech crowd at #NASPAtech will create an inclusively powerful community that will continue to push all of us forward.
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