Not going to the ASCA conference this year? Afraid you are missing out on ALL the great information being shared in Orlando?
Have no fear! Below you will find my top 5 tips to getting the most out of the ASCA conference from HOME.
Last summer was the first summer I was aware of this magical conference held by the American School Counselor Association each year. I attended the VCA conference in November, 2012 and I became interested in going to as many conferences as possible… then reality set in. I was a graduate student on a shoestring budget. There was no way I could afford to go to ASCA last year (or this year, for that matter). With that said, I made the most of the conference from my couch. Yes, you read that correctly – my couch! As I prepare to enjoy ASCA 2014 from my home again this year I thought I would share a few tricks I picked up last year.
I finally learned how to use Twitter last summer during the ASCA conference. I was surprised and amazed by the number of people posting information, quotes, links, and pictures while attending ASCA. If you are not sure how to use twitter or where to begin read this article on SCOPE by Danielle Schultz from School Counselor Blog. You can also follow Danielle (@sch_counselor), as well Dr. Erin Mason (@ecmmason), the creator of SCOPE, on twitter. You can also follow me @ElizabethVASC.
Here are some great hashtags (#) to use during the conference: #ASCA14 #NotAtASCA14 #scchat #sccrowd Towards the end of #ASCA14 you will likely see mentions of #ASCA15 as well. Searching for these hashtags will also help you connect with other school counselors from around the world. To really connect with them, join the conversation! Not sure what a hashtag is exactly? Let Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake explain (okay maybe it is not an explanation but it makes me laugh). The edublogger has a great article about using twitter for your professional development and HOW to use it successfully.
Tagboard is awesome. Amber Shepherd (@AmberShepherd) reminded me of this fun website at the Virginia School Counselor Association conference this past March during her tech presentation. Tagboard is a website that collects information from all of the social media sites to create a board for a specific hashtag. By using the same hashtags above you can find tagboards are being created and constantly changing: #ASCA14, #NotAtASCA14, #scchat, #sccrowd
ASCA has created an app, as well as a website. When you open the website you will see in the top right hand corner links to the google play store and the apple store. You can download the app there. Here you will find the handouts that presenters have submitted to them. I found this EXTREMELY helpful last year and am already so excited by the great resources available this year. I wish I was able to attend many of these sessions, but this is the next best thing. I also so very grateful that presenters submit handouts to be shared. It really is helpful and greatly appreciated
This year the First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking at the national conference. ASCA will be live streaming her speech for all of us to enjoy. The ASCA website says to check in to their site around 11:45 on Tuesday, July 1 to be able to watch for free. I plan on trying to check in a little earlier than that if possible. I also read that the screen will remain black until the First Lady takes the stage so do not be alarmed if nothing is showing up on your screen immediately. If you would like you can also live stream more of the conference for a fee. It costs $99 to register for one day of live streaming or to view the pre-conference RAMP information session or you can pay $199 to view three and a half days worth of conference sessions. Please note that the sessions are pre-selected for live streaming and are listed on the registration site.
Last year I was overwhelmed by the amount of information I was receiving from the conference and I wasn’t actually in attendance. The good news is that twitter hashtags, tagboards, the ASCA app, and all of the resources you are sure to hear about will be available after the conference is over. Enjoy gathering information and resources, as well as connecting with others who are either at home or in Orlando.
What are your tips for a successful #ASCA14 conference even if you are #NotAtASCA14 ?
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