Posts Tagged ‘ISTE’

If you’re a Twitter follower, you know doubt have noticed an increase in tweets from me in the last few days. I’m at ISTE17 in San Antonio and have been tweeting a lot more.

Here are 3 of the takeaways for me from sessions I’ve attended, keynotes, poster sessions, and interactions with my PLN. The topics below definitely overlap.

Idea Board

Image thanks to Ken Shelton from the Storytelling, Creativity, and Design – Effective Presentation Design session. 


One thing I love about ISTE is the ease with which I can re-connect the dots with members of my PLN and expand my PLN to include new connections. I got to see my pal Kay (@KayBisaillon) in person. We only see one another at this conference, but we’re connected to one another all other days of the year via Twitter. I re-connected with the amazing folks at CommonSense. I checked in with my ISTE PLNs, including the Digital Citizenship PLN and the EdTech Coaches PLN. I missed seeing friends from Fablevision this year, namely Terry Shay, and Peter and Paul Reynolds.

Last night I pushed myself out of my comfort zone (I am more introverted than most people would think) and attended a vendor social event on my own. I randomly sat down at a table with other educators and ended up having dinner with them. So now I have added @EduTechSmith and @cindybrock to my PLN. Thanks for including me!

My PLN continues to grow and the benefits for me as a learner and a leader are numerous. I’m so thankful that I have so many people and places to turn to to share and get ideas and support. I hope I return the favor in kind.


I attended the Global Education Day session before the conference started on Sunday. That gave me the opportunity to connect with the folks at Participate. I’ve used Participate to gather and curate resources. It’s one of the only tools I’ve found where you can do that collaboratively. But during this session and beyond in other conversations (thanks Brad!), I also learned about the many other features Participate offers, like courses, badges, and chats. I’ll be pursuing more with my district and others back in Vermont.

I have created a Participate collection with many of the resources I’ve gathered while here at ISTE17. It’s not complete as there are more resources in my Drive, on my phone, and I’ll need some time to go through and organize things. But it’s a start.

We all have to share, whether it’s resources, ideas, or our stories. It’s the world we live in today and we need to embrace that.

Tell Your Story

Thanks to the work that Michael Berry (@MichaelBerryEDU) is doing in Vermont, there are many schools and districts effectively telling their stories. One of the administrators with whom I work, Greg Marino (@VTPrincipal) and I have read The Power of Branding and The Innovator’s Mindset, in the past year, both of which I highly recommend. We’ve worked hard to tell our school’s story to all aspects of our community. More educators in our schools tweeted their portion of our story using our hashtag #wsdvt. At the end of each week, we shared a Storify with that week’s social media shares. We got very positive feedback. People liked knowing what was happening in our own schools; we have a lot to celebrate.

Yesterday’s keynote, Jennie Magiera (@MsMagiera) was inspiring on another level. Not only did she encourage us to tell our stories, but she also wants us to share the ‘untold stories’. It important to share the journey, not just the glossy end-product. Share the messy stuff, the challenges, and the process.


I just attended a session with Steve Anderson (@web20classroom) and Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth) and have shared their presentation in my Participate collection. They solidified the value and importance of telling our stories and encourage us to use the social media tools that parents, students, and community members are using most – for now, Instagram, Snapchat, and livestreaming with Periscope or Facebook Live. Whatever the tool, there’s so much to be gained by engaging with others.

Those threads, sharing, connecting, and telling our story helped weave the story of ISTE together for me this year. What’s your #ISTEStory?



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I’m writing this to appeal to those at ISTE and those that are not. Basically, everyone! I sit here in this monstrous hall in San Antonio waiting for the keynote to start. The wifi is already going in and out. As I look at my conference planner app and ponder how to make the most of ISTE for the next two days, I realize I don’t see sessions that specifically meet my needs- or at least it’s hard to tell from the descriptions.

So I’m reaching out to my PLN and all of the ISTE attendees who see my tweet about this post.

I’m hoping to connect with others who:
Are using iPads with 3rd-8th graders
Do NOT have a 1:1
Are extending iPad integration beyond the substitution level
Have developed systems for how to share a device that’s intended to be a personal device
Understand the hope to use iPads for creating rather than consuming

If you know of any workshop sessions about iPads being shared effectively, please tweet to me, comment, or use other social media to find me so that we can connect and collaborate.

Thanks! Enjoy the keynote and the rest of the conference.

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I’m at my first ISTE conference in lovely San Diego. I’ve wanted to come to this conference for years, but it never worked out. One thing that excited me about attending now is that despite the fact that I came on my own from my school district, I don’t feel alone.

I’ve connected with so many through my PLN over time. The ability to meet some of these folks in person was a motivator. I attended the #edchat meet-up on Sunday and met many of those who I consider rock stars in education on Twitter. (see photo above)

I’ve dropped by the Newbie Lounge a few times, but ironically didn’t connect with many there. I still feel a bit like an outsider, but am not dissuaded by that. I have to overcome my introverted tendencies and put myself out there more. Hence this blog post.

Today I attended a session where many others in my PLN shared stories about the value of building and having a PLN. While the content wasn’t dramatically new for me, hearing more stories always helps. I don’t think we can ‘convince’ or teach people about PLNs without sharing those stories.

I met a few others face to face there and told them I thought they were rock stars in our world. They convinced me that no one is a rock star, we’re all just regular people. Some connect more or more often. Some have blog posts shared more often via tweets. Seeing some names pop up on Twitter more often doesn’t change who they really are deep down.

We’re all in this together as educators, for our students. Connecting only enhances that.

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