Today was my first experience at an iPadPalooza in Austin and it was FANTASTIC. I hope my wife and I can both attend next year’s conference, which is scheduled for June 23-25, 2015. I shared two sessions on Coding with Hopscotch and Visual Notetaking, and was able to attend some super sessions by Dean Shareski and Kevin Honeycutt. It was wonderful to see friends and past acquaintances and meet several new people too. I also met several people face-to-face for the first time (like Shelly Terrell) who I’ve followed on Twitter for many years! As I tweeted at the end of the conference: Carl Hooker and his Eanes ISD team put on not just a great conference, they provide a great EXPERIENCE at iPadPalooza!

In my session on visual notetaking on the iPad, I met Patrick Benfield and Tracy Clark, who are both enthusiastic visual notetakers. Check out Tracy’s AMAZING visual notes which she took on day 1 during and after Sugata Mitra‘s opening keynote! Wow!

In the last 10 minutes of my session, I asked participants to watch and take visual notes on a 5 minute segment of the April 2014 video, “National Geographic Live! – Mapping the Brain.”

Patrick drew the following visual notes from our 5 minute “practice session,” and won the Sphero door prize as a result of his efforts!

It is probably not a coincidence Patrick won by drawing with paper and pencil… it’s challenging to take visual notes on an iPad until you get comfortable with a specific app. Most workshop attendees today were new to both visual note taking as well as iPad-based drawing, but not everyone!

One of the student attendees in the visual notetaking session shared the iPad app DrawCast, which he likes best for drawing and making visual notes. I’m going to check it out. I’ve added it to the iOS app list on the “Visual Notes” page of Mapping Media.

Perhaps the best sharing moment of the entire day, however, came at the end of the session when Tracy shared the book “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon. I can’t wait to read it. I’m loving the hashtag of the book: #showyourwork. It’s very similar to another favorite hashtag I learned from Jenny Ashby: #create2learn.

Check out the rest of the photos of my day in Austin in this iPadPalooza 2014 Flickr set. Good times and great learning! :-)

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