Monday, July 9, 2018

#ISTE18 Reflection and Shares Poster Sessions

Several years ago, I was introduced to the idea of the existence of a
VERY large technology conference by an online group of teachers that were NOT
going to the conference. These teachers, led by
shared a passion for technology integration and learning more ways to
utilize new ideas in their classroom. My first summer of participating
in the Google+ Community of #NOTatISTE sparked a desire
to actually BE at ISTE someday.

Jump ahead to June 2018 and I am finally getting to
#checkthisoffmybucketlist by attending #ISTE18 in Chicago, IL!


This year’s conference (of more than 18,000 attendees), took place at the
massive McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
Thank goodness for maps and wonderful “Ask Me” people posted
in the most convenient places around the building...
it made finding rooms and playground areas so much easier!
According to my iWatch...I walked 15,872 steps for a distance of
6.81 miles on just the first day of the conference alone!
Or should I say #sweat!

And -for the record- this
“car sick getting to the church on the next street” kind of girl
only got mildly sick ONCE on the bus transports to and from the conference.
Thank goodness for essential oils that help keep motion sickness away...
and a person that likes to share ideas and activities they
found during the workshops they attended.

There are several different session types offered during the conference:
Posters, Playgrounds, BYOD, Listen & Learn, Keynote Speeches to name a few.
That was GREATLY appreciated! So….there were no hurt feelings if you moved
onto another session if the session you were in didn’t fit your

As I reflect on the gagillion of ideas and shares wandering through my brain…
I thought it would be most helpful, for me anyway,
to share ideas and activities I learned about in the different types
of sessions rather than day by day...hope that makes sense.
I’ll try my best to link to the different resources when possible.

AND….so this post doesn’t go on forEVER and a day...
I’ll be spreading out my reflections from the different types of
sessions over several posts...
ONE-because- “ain’t nobody got time to read a long post” and
TWO-because- I have a TON of things roaming my brain...
I’ll need to use my “wand to my thoughts to my pensieve” before sharing...
So...Here we go…
Hope you’re able to gather something that might be useful to you!

This was a very large area of the venue where tables were set up
with projects from all over the globe. You could talk with the presenters
one-on-one, in a small group, or just read the poster and
learn about the ideas being shared.

*100 Word Challenge -
Always trying to get more writing into the week.
This might be something to integrate with Seesaw and
let the kids share and comment on each other’s writing...

*Did you know that FlipGrid is now free for teachers?
Beverly Ladd and I want to incorporate them into the
Global Math Task challenges this year,
so this poster session caught my eye.
I like the simple directions posted for the kids to
use as they create their recordings.

Haven't heard about Flipgrid?
Maybe you can scan this QR code and 
find out more :)

*Using the 4 Cs in video creation.

*Using Augmented Reality in the classroom was a theme through
many of the posters.
I’ve dabbled with HP Reveal and Merge Cube with my students.
LOVE both techs...techtalk shared more information about
using them with students in classrooms.
Link to information:

There were sooo very many more posters sessions to explore.
This area was a little more challenging for me to navigate
as it was VERY loud and had a LOT of people all
trying to see information on a small table.
Those who had information posted and rather larger were the tables
I gravitated towards so I could read the information and ask
questions if I had them. Valuable gains made from the different sessions
over the three day trek through technology genius.

That’s it for today!
Stay tuned for the next share...
I’ll be talking about one of my favorite type of learning...
the Playgrounds!

Enjoy your day!

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