@kcalderw @liz1544 @PrincipalArc @chemicalsams & Nathan Stevens pic.twitter.com/RRVyyyzZRE
— Kate Baker (@KtBkr4) June 30, 2014
Look who is sitting across from me! Good times @chemicalsams #iste2014 #FlipCon14 @TechSmithEDU pic.twitter.com/XMCVAWgOEY
— Kate Baker (@KtBkr4) July 1, 2014
@bennettscience and @KtBkr4 debating the virtues of open edu resources. #ISTE2014 #beertalk pic.twitter.com/pb3FqYbBTV
— Aaron Sams (@chemicalsams) July 1, 2014
ISTE, while a mind-blowing event in itself, can be overwhelming, and I found the small TechSmith gathering a hospitable, intimate affair. It was so nice to enjoy the company of like-minded folks over food and drinks without having to shout over the gaggle of the throng and the cacophony of a DJ. It was so interesting to see how small pockets were sewn into the fabric of ISTE-- the Blogger's cafe and Welcome lounge being two such spaces where people collected in the conference center in addition to other small events like drinks with Class Dojo, dinner with Edmodo, and TechSmith's reception. And while I value the ways companies show their appreciation for their users, I greatly appreciate the smaller communal events more so than a big blow-out bash because in the end it isn't the product or technology that matters-- it is the COMMUNITY of PEOPLE that make an event worth attending or a product worth using.
Once again, thank you @TechSmithEDU for a great time!! #ISTE2014 pic.twitter.com/Hj5lsf5OyM
— Kyle Calderwood (@kcalderw) July 1, 2014
P.S. Speaking of Spaetzle....
Back at home this week I had a hankering for Spaetzle, and as promised for Brian and Aaron, here is my homemade Spaetzle recipe and a video of the process (Sorry for the flipped camera half way through. I forgot which way I was holding my phone, but hey, you get the idea-- and rather apropos since that is how we all met!)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg (add more as suited to taste)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in eggs and milk.
- Use a Spaetzle maker or colander (too difficult with slotted spoon) to drop the batter--about 1-2 large spoonfuls at a time-- into a pot of boiling water.
- The batter will rise to the top and after about 1 minute or so (but not longer than 2), scoop out the Spaetzle into a bowl with a bit of butter.
- Cover the bowl with a cloth and continue to drop the batter into the pot. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until all batter is gone.