I have booked my train ticket to Manchester and I will spend 2 days there, more or less. I haven't attended a live international conference like this since IATEFL Brighton 2011, when I presented as well. The past few years I have kept extremely busy attending and presenting at online conferences, and I have to admit, the experiences have all been just as exhilirating and exciting!! Create a Copy |
I wrote a few blog posts about my time in Brighton:
The question is: does attending a conference in person have the slight edge over an online conference? Well the obvious advantage is that you can physically meet and greet someone, you can have coffee, lunch or drinks with them, you can go dancing, you can share jokes, you can take group photos, selfies, swop business cards, swop stories and so on.
However, believe it or not, at an online conference, you can do all of the above, virtually, 24/7. In 2nd Life I have attended a virtual drinks party and lots of food was present, and dancing too! In online webinars I have shared virtual food and drinks from around the world, and attended farewell parties, the EVO Podcasting webinar, being one of the most amazing and memorable ones. Also singing and dancing along to rap tunes at an online conference closing ceremony springs to mind....
So, what is the verdict??
I can't wait to meet members of my PLN on Saturday April 11th and Sunday April 12th!! Please do come up and say 'Hi' if you see me!! I am very excited about the chance to catch up with so many people!! It will be a dream come true....