Showing posts with label ISTE 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ISTE 2011. Show all posts

Friday, July 1, 2011

This Looked Like Fun - Learning Tools Family Feud

Thanks to one of Lee Kolbert's blog posts I just spent an hour watching what looked like the most fun ISTE session I've seen. Learning Tools Family Feud was a friendly competition between three men and three women who tried to correctly identify the most popular learning tools across fifteen different categories. The competition was moderated by Steve Dembo and featured the following six great librarians and educators; Joyce Valenza, Gwyneth Jones, Chad Lehmann, Shannon McClintock Miller, Matthew Winner, and Nicholas Provenzano. You can watch the whole session here.

Visit the Learning Tools Family Feud wiki to see all of the questions and all of the survey results. I think everyone can learn about a new resource by visiting the wiki.

Webcasts and Keynotes from ISTE 2011

If you were not able to attend the annual ISTE conference this year you can still access some of the great messages that were shared at the conference. All of the Elluminate recordings from ISTE Unplugged are now available online. To find the recordings just go to the ISTE Unplugged schedule and scroll to the right of the session titles to find the recordings. One of the recordings that I'm looking forward to spending some time with is Jackie Gerstein's Flipped Classroom Model: The Full Picture.

The opening and closing keynotes from ISTE 2011 are available on ISTE's YouTube channel. I've embedded below the closing keynote delivered by Chris Lehmann. Chris's message starts around the 37 minute mark in the video.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Experience Some of ISTE Without Being There

If, like me, you're not attending the annual ISTE Conference this year you can still experience and participate in some of it through ISTE Unplugged. Organized by Steve Hargadon, ISTE Unplugged is a series of presentations that happen at ISTE and are streamed live through Elluminate. You can watch and participate through the Elluminate stream for free. In 2009 and 2010 Sue Waters and I hosted half hour discussions about blogging and had a great time answering questions from participants all over the world. If you would like to experience ISTE Unplugged, the schedule of events and directions for participating are available at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

7 Tips for ISTE Newbies

A couple of years ago I received the good fortune to attend NECC (now called ISTE) as the NECC Newbie. NECC/ISTE Newbie was an experiment in using social media to raise money. Beth Still organized the whole thing and you can read all about it on Beth's blog.

I won't be attending ISTE this year (my schedule is just too full with other engagements), but that won't stop me from sharing my advice with those of you attending for the first time.

1. Make sure you charge your phone, tablet, laptop every night. Power outlets constitute prime real estate and you might not always be able to find an outlet when you need it. That said, bringing a power strip and sharing it is a great way to meet new people.

2. Say hi to the people you think you recognize from Twitter, Classroom 2.0, and other networks. You might feel stalkerish doing it at first, I know that I did, but trust me no one thinks you're a stalker. Along the same lines, say hello to people next to you in the sessions you attend. Part of the ISTE experience is connecting with other educators to share ideas and learn from each other.

3. Take a lap through vendor showroom, but don't spend too long there. Companies spend thousands to be on the showroom floor and are good at showing off their shiniest newest products. Just ask yourself before you sit down for a half-hour sales pitch, "will I benefit from spending my time here?" For a lot of classroom teachers the answer is probably not.

4.  Don't underestimate the importance of good shoes. You could end up doing a lot of walking during the day. Go for comfort over style.

5. Attend all of the formal sessions you want and can get into, but if you find yourself in a session that doesn't "do it" for you, it's okay to leave early.

6. If you want to see samples of what teachers and students are really doing in their classrooms, go to the poster sessions. I've found those displays to be the source of some great ideas.

7. If you're a cheapskate like me you can fill yourself on appetizers at vendor-sponsored evening meet-ups. See #3 above to find out where and when they are happening. Also see #1 and #2 to make connections and find out when and where meet-ups are happening.