By Cody Lopez
As nearly a year of virtual conferences comes to a close, I am grateful to look back and recognize how fortunate I’ve been, not only to have had the resources to participate, but also to have learned so much from and with so many wonderful people. Connection, in whatever manner and for whatever purpose, has likely been what we’ve all needed most this year and has become a focus of mine as I look toward 2021.
VSTE 2020 provided me my first experience with Discord – the application that allowed all of us attending the conference last month to ask for IT support quickly, learn about products from the event sponsors and vendors, and (most importantly) connect with each other, asking and answering questions, sharing ideas, and driving the most important aspect of a typical conference forward.
Because of this experience, I began thinking about how all of us in the ed tech space, particularly in my home state of Virginia, may be able to continue supporting each other. My team at Secured Tech Solutions and I have been thinking a lot about these questions and are excited to announce that we are partnering with VSTE to host a Discord Server year-round for all folks in education technology throughout the state of Virginia!
Not only do we envision this as a space for discussion, networking, and Q&As, but we want to do so much more (from podcasts to Lunch & Learn workshops) and allow for everyone who joins to help mold this space in the long run. Discord is free, simple, and is available in app form on Windows, MacOS, iOS, iPadOS, Android, and Linux.
Join “EdTech Connect – VA” here and let’s start 2021 the right way...supporting each other!
Want some help navigating Discord? Check out our Discord Help File, complete clickable links:
Cody Lopez, Mid-Atlantic Relationship Manager
Secured Tech Solutions, LLC