In a mere 16 days, the Engaging Educators corporate jet (we allow Southwest Airlines to paint the outside of it for sponsorship purposes) will be touching down in San Diego for the ed tech event of the year, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference.
One of the things I’m looking forward to most is meeting up with many of the friends we’ve made via this blog and twitter. If you’re going to be there, look for me in the Bloggers’ Cafe. I’ll be sporting a spiffy Engaging Ed t-shirt. In fact, anywhere you see me, be sure to stop me, say hello, and chat me up. The best parts about ISTE are the conversations. I’m always happy to talk teaching and learning.
I’m also lucky enough to be involved in some really great presentations. I hope you are able to attend them. (If not, be sure to subscribe to the blog and follow us on twitter so you can take part in the backchannels and read my recaps.) Here are the four ISTE program events I’m involved in (all times Pacific):
This gathering will feature tools & techniques for the 21st Century Media Center. It’s sponsored by the ISTE special interest group for media specialists (SIGMS). I’ll be demonstrating two of my absolute favorite tools, Google Reader and Diigo. Tech playgrounds are informal, informational, and lots of fun. Be sure to stop by while I’m there! You can also follow the #SIGMS hashtag on twitter. Huge thanks to Jennifer from Primary Source for the invite.
Just signed up for this gathering designed to promote the use of social media in education. On your way to or from your lunch break, please stop by and say hello!
ISTE Live is pretty awesome. Think of it as a conference-within-a-conference. With the added benefit of being streamed live via Blackboard Collaborate. So even if you’re not in San Diego, you’ll be able to participate! For this session, I’ll be sharing some of the great online resources I’ve discovered for learning about the Common Core (as well as great tools for organizing these resources).
Join me as Vicki Davis leads a panel discussion with Suzie Nestico, Julie Lindsay, and other great minds. Besides my ISTE Live talk and a couple of others, there doesn’t seem to be a ton of Common Core session at this year’s conference. So if you’re interested in learning about the CCSS, this one can’t be missed!
I’ll be assisting in this BYOL presentation (pre-registration is required) with Vicki, Suzie, and Diigo founder Maggie Tsai.
There will be various tweetups happening throughout the conference. I’m hoping to crash err I mean get invited to as many as possible.
Finally, if you’re going to ISTE, you should also join the ISTE12 Ning network. It’s a great way to connect with other conference-goers. Also, be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on twitter (as well as the conference hashtag, #ISTE12), as the ISTE-related posts and tweets will be numerous.
For those of you who can’t make it to San Diego, I’ll be constantly tweeting links and info that I’m learning, including backchannel links so you can be involved from a distance. I’m also planning a couple of special episodes of Engaging Ed Radio to provide listeners with even more conference awesome-ness. (Speaking of our radio show, please consider joining us June 11 at 9PM Pacific time, when we’ll be discussing summer learning goals. Details here.)
So whether you’re on site in San Diego or not, Engaging Educators has you covered. This is our third ISTE in a row and we’re hoping to make it our most interactive one yet.