Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What is ISTE? (Part 1)

You may have had the opportunity to attend district PD, Google Apps Summit or InnEdCo locally, where you’ve built upon your instructional skills and knowledge. You may have loved spending time and collaborating with other educators. Now imagine that experience with other innovative educational leaders from across the country and around the world—experts from the classroom, ed tech, and more at your fingertips for days on end. That experience is ISTE! The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) hosts an ed tech conference every summer that provides transformative professional development experiences for teachers and all professionals in the education field.   

It is by design that ISTE’s trademark is “Connected Learning. Connected World”. This conference provides a platform for a variety of content in the sessions provided. Presenters and attendees hail from all corners of the globe. The scope of presenters ranges from outstanding young educators to CIOs to nationally renowned instructional leaders to Google Certified Teachers and everything in between.

Boulder Valley is, in fact, presenting at this year’s conference! The BVSD Ed Tech team will be hosting an interactive lecture called “Moving step by step into 1:Web” and presenting two poster sessions on 1:Web and “Creating a Culture of Innovation and Change on a Shoestring Budget”. Come see us!

The energy that ISTE attendees feel starts with amazing sessions and continues through the connections made face-to-face with other like-minded educators. Even as the summer days turn shorter and the sound of cicadas signal the return of school days, the passion, lessons, and tools experienced at the conference remain strong. Some session favorites have been the innovative tools shown by Leslie Fisher, (who is speaking at the Innovative Education Colorado conference in June!) such as the Anatomy 4D app (for Apple and Google Play), the augmented reality app called Aurasma, and the Word Lens app that features a visual Spanish to English translator. And who could forget the way Adam Bellow called educators to action in his 2013 keynote “Change the World”? What an inspiration!

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Now that you are eager to join, when does the magic happen? This year’s conference is coming up on June 28- July 1, 2015. ISTE in Philadelphia is accepting registration now. (Can you say “cheesesteak”?)

Can’t travel? No worries, check out “What is ISTE? (ISTE Part 2)”, which will be published on this blog coming in April. The ISTE Part 2 blog will walk through the steps needed to virtually attend ISTE online, how to “attend” through social networks such as Twitter, and how to approach session selection. Also, get excited for ISTE to come to you! The city of Denver will host the conference in the summer of 2016. This is a conference you cannot miss!

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