The California Charter School Association held its annual conference this year at the Convention Center in sunny San Diego. There were about 3000 educators gathered in a variety of sessions collaborating and supporting one another. There were plenty of notable attendees from Mayor Kevin Johnson who emphasized the need for clarity in the “charter movement”, to keynote speaker Salman Khan from the Khan Academy, who inspired the crowd about how tutoring his cousins turned into a revolutionary idea. Khan’s keynote focused on how technology is humanizing the education experience, which was a common theme throughout the conference. The idea of personalizing instruction resonated in both the breakout sessions and vendor gallery. There were many charter schools showcasing their blended learning model and vendors demonstrating their products that support hybrid schools. As a technologists, I was intrigued by a couple of products at the conference: EduTone and Illuminate. EduTone is a single-sign on platform that provides integration with Google Apps environments. Illuminate offers data assessment tools with a comprehensive reporting capabilities. Illuminate’s doc cam scanning capability of bubble sheets will be a huge hit with teachers. While I enjoyed the content at CCSA, I learned more by hanging out with my fellow colleagues and friends who attended the conference…drinks included!