This is my first trip to an ISTE conference and I am excited at the opportunity that I have to attend. I did not think I would be able to make the trip and had planned to follow #NotAtISTE17, but my district was able to send a group of us for which I am more than grateful. In the process of planning for this trip I have started to really think about why I am going and what I hope to accomplish. The overall goal for me, is to bring back as many great things as I can to my teachers and my district as a whole. I also feel that it is important that I align that learning and sharing with the new Digital Learning Competencies that have recently been introduced in North Carolina.
One problem I often have when I attend a conference is the overload of information. There are a great number of ideas and strategies being shared and I often walk away from each day determined to implement or share many of them. Yet, when I get home I have only been able to really come up with plans for a few items. Now I know that taking away a few key things is great and the suggestion at these types of conferences is always to pace yourself and take away those few items and implement them well. Of course, as an instructional technology coach, I want to get something for everyone I work with (No, I don’t mean swag). I want to be able to share with all of my teachers regardless of what grade or subject they teach.
So I am going to do a great deal of recording at ISTE. I have signed up for #passthescopeedu, which is a hashtag used to classify videos created on periscope that are education based. They usually share monthly, but the pass the scope crew has worked to make sure all the days of ISTE are covered thoroughly. I will jump in with my Periscope as I can. I am also going to be interviewing as many people as I can for my Podcast. This is especially true for the poster sessions where individuals will share their experiences and expertise in short bursts in a large hall filled with tables.
Finally, I want to take time to reflect and talk out what I have learned each day not just on my own, but with others. I feel I process best through talking (which is one of the reasons I started a podcast). So I will reflect privately through recordings and I am opening up my room (Thank goodness I have a fantastic roommate!) to others who have traveled from our district to reflect on each day in a round table fashion. My hope is that these recordings will provide all of us a way to take back as much as we can from this experience so we can share with those who were not able to travel to Texas.
As far as my podcast is concerned, I will do my best to edit and push out some of the best stuff as fast as I can. Again, I am so very thankful for this opportunity and the fact that my roommate is excited to participate in all of this because I’m not sure how much sleep we will get with all the great stuff going on!