Soccer fans have the World Cup.
Baseball aficionados have the World Series.
Movie lovers have the Academy Awards, while music lovers have the Grammy's.
If you are an #EdTech Teacher, your ultimate "Superbowl" is the annual ISTE conference.
And ISTE 2017, my friends, is THIS weekend: June 24th--28th, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas!
Man, do I wish I were there!
Disclaimer: I've never been to ISTE, but being a bit of a techno-nerd, it is on my bucket list. I'd be in my own personal nirvana! (Though I will say, that FETC 2016 was pretty darn awesome and a super second place!! And, as a Maryland environmental educator, MAEOE ranks right up there too!)
Typically 18,000+ teachers attend, and the learning and experience are at a global, exponential level. From Expo Hall to Keynotes, to workshops and networking, it's just downright like no other!
Like I said, I'm not going to be there this year either; however, listening to Vicki Davis (aka @CoolCatTeacher) and her "The 10-Minute Teacher" Podcast this week & interview with Peggy George (episode #105: "5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 Even If You're Not There #NotAtISTE17), I can be there without being there. That's pretty darn awesome!
If you are like me, and long to be there, you can learn from your couch, computer, car-ride commute, patio, or poolside these next few days ahead. Check out the following:
- ISTE Schedule (or download the ISTE app)
- Meet the Keynotes (These top two bullet points are so you can effectively drool at what you are missing!)
- Not At ISTE Google Plus Community
- Follow #ISTE17 or #ISTE2017 on Twitter
- Follow #NotAtISTE17 on Twitter
- Follow ISTE on Facebook
- #NotAtISTE17 Livebinder
- If you are an Instagrammer...Check out @ISTEConnects
- Follow the presenters of ISTE at #PresentersOfISTE
- Submit your email to follow along via EdTechHub to get emails straight to you.
And don't forget to check out ISTE resources for 2016 (just replace "17" with "16" to see what you missed last year. You could have a boatload of professional development between them both and all these resources! Which, let's be real, isn't that part of how we teachers spend part of our summer?!)
I'd love to hear about your favorite finds as you parallel travel alongside the ISTE Conference--whether you are there or not. I'm certainly going to be making my way along the above links myself!!
ISTE/Coolcat poster from http://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-participate-iste17-even-youre-not-notatiste17/; 10 Minute Teacher Podcast from http://10minuteteacher.libsyn.com/5-ways-to-participate-in-iste17-even-if-youre-not-there-notatiste17-this-episode-is-sponsored-by-powerschool-i-am-so-excited-to-be-at-iste-with-powerschool-on-monday-june-26th-2017-at-4-pm-in-room-225-a-and-b-i-will-be-leading-a-panel-discussion-o; Video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzBqHfSpSWw