Representation, expression and engagement. These three principles echoed throughout the conference, both in sessions and in my own internal understanding of what a strong education looks like for kids. I was impressed to see the different ways these principles took form this week (especially in the SETSIG session), both in hands-on learnings with technology as well as the changes in overall classroom structures this will mean for educators. Differentation has never been optional for our classrooms - each one of our students demands an education that works for them - but past approaches haven't taken into account their needs and the different ways they learn. It was inspiring to see how technology can be used in all grades, for all levels of learners, for general education and special education, for students with disabilities and those without. I was particularly moved by the way students with special needs were able to use technology as a manipulative, and how this had become such a core component of their education. One speaker this morning mentioned that schools are often eager to try new ideas, but not give up on any of the old ones. I wonder how we can build this 21st century type of classroom within each one of our schools... and fast. After all, it's the students who will benefit the most from this approach - we have to push for a differentiated learning experience for all of our students.