This week, I’m in San Antonio at #ISTE2017, the largest educational conference in the world. I’m super excited to reunite with old friends and make new connections in this awesome city, joining over 20,000 (yup) educators from all around the world. Throughout the week, I’ll be writing a few pieces here and there about my experience.
Monday, June 26: 7:23 a.m.
Whoa! What a great first day! I got in early and immediately jumped into the fray of ISTE. I can’t believe how many people are here! After checking into my hotel and picking up my conference badge, I joined my team for a quick walk to the Alamo (wicked cool!) and lunch on the famous River Walk. I love how close everything is to the convention center… so much history and the best part, you can walk everywhere!
After lunch, I walked back to the convention center and explored ISTE Central for a bit. I’m learning very quickly how impactful and valuable ISTE can be for a digital learning coach like myself. Included in my membership are hundreds of resources, connecting me with teachers and schools from around the world that share my belief of finding new and innovative ways to empower students with their learning. I’m especially interested in exploring the advocacy that ISTE does on behalf of schools in educational technology. There is so much to explore!
Last night, I kicked off ISTE 2017 with an amazing keynote from Jad Abumrad, creator and host of NPR’s “RadioLab”. His keynote was so inspiring, mixing elements and stories from his own life to concepts and practices that teachers face every day. I loved his message about the power of the human voice, not only in education but in the world we live. I am pumped to continue researching and thinking about his ideas!