The ISTE Conference is the biggest annual educational technology conference in the United States. And it is BIG. It’s like a small city of educators that congregate together in a convention center. It feels like a reunion of my entire Twitter feed.
An event like this means different things to different people …
- Some people are very new to using technology or teaching. For them, it’s about soaking up new ideas and tools like a sponge.
- Some people are a little more sure of their use of tech in the classroom. They’re looking to refine their skills and meet likeminded people.
- Some people are innovators or longtime tech users. They’re looking for the very specific solutions or people with very specific skill sets.
Here’s one observation from LOTS of people about a conference like ISTE — or any other conference for that matter …
There’s one part of a conference that resonates with practically everyone.
It’s not the sessions.
It’s the people.
When educators gather at a conference, it’s not just hundreds or thousands of randomly combined people with lots of individual goals. It’s a group of human connections.
- People share their passions.
- They share their expertise.
- They laugh.
- They remember why they got into education.
- They get excited at where education is going.
I asked for top ISTE takeaways on Twitter. So many of the responses had to do with the people, which further confirmed my belief. (Check out the replies to the tweet below to see what I mean.)
What’s your TOP #ISTE19 TAKEAWAY?
Still thinking about the @iste conference. Working on a “top takeaways” blog post. Would love to share your top tips, tools, aha moments and more in it, too, and give you credit!#DitchBook #edtech #iste #notatiste
— Matt Miller (@jmattmiller) July 29, 2019
When people come back from a conference like that, there’s a bit of a letdown. They go from being on a high, being surrounded by so many people that share their interests and enthusiasm. Coming home means going back to normal.
Coming home also means getting to work on all the goals they set at the conference.
That’s where the work is. That’s where it’s hard.
That’s also where a difference is made — in the classroom, in the community, in education.
When I got home from this year’s ISTE conference, I experienced that same letdown. But I am STILL encouraged at the promise and potential that education — and educators — have on the world.
For me, the ISTE conference is also about resources! I love to gather them because I know people like you will love to see them, to learn from them, to use them.
It’s the closest thing I have to bringing a piece of ISTE home with me for you.
Here are 11 of my favorite finds from the ISTE conference that I can share with you in digital form:
1. Sean Arnold wrote this post 32 Insights from ISTE 2019 where he reflected on his significant learning from ISTE. He talks about the overarching perspective, conference takeaways, and instructional keys from the conference and includes a fantastic list of resources in each.
— 𝓢𝓮𝓪𝓷 𝓜. 𝓐𝓻𝓷𝓸𝓵𝓭 (@seanmarnold) July 30, 2019
2. Create, Collaborate, and Communicate: Utilizing Google Sites for Digital Portfolios with Melinda Isham and Yvette Mezzanatto shared lots of great ideas for curating student work using Google Sites. Their website is broken up into three parts and walks you through everything you need to know about creating, collaborating, and communicating with sites.
Create, Collaborate, and Communicate using #GoogleSites for Ss portfolios. This was well visited and had many take always. Thank you @Melinda_Isham and @MrsNatto for showing an innovative way to curate writing. Love those @Flipgrid mixetapes for your Ss. @iste #iste19 pic.twitter.com/2xkjhEtAWH
— Nyree (@iluvteaching72) June 26, 2019
3. Michael Davola curated TONS of ISTE resources from home and added them all into this Google Drive folder and shared it with everyone on Twitter. With SO many different topics it would be difficult NOT to find something useful in here!
Since I’m #NotAtISTE, I’m trying to gather as many resources as possible from #ISTE and put them into one Google Folder. I’m not even close to being done yet, but here’s a link: https://t.co/l5xHLjZMd5 pic.twitter.com/S3BkeQgHve
— Mr. Davola (@mrdavolatech) June 23, 2019
4. Kasey Bell’s #ISTE19 Presentations and Resources. Isn’t it great when presenters link all of their resources in one place? Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning did just that. You can find her presentations on all things G Suite along with ideas on how to use the ISTE standards in your classroom plus lots more.
My #ISTE19 presentations
📋 Differentiation w/ Menus
🚴♂ Stranger Google
⚡ Dynamic Learning
💻 Become a #GoogleCertified Trainer
🍸 Learning Mixologist
🗡 Swiss Army Knife of #GSuiteEdu
☑ Infuse #ISTEStandards
👩 Awesome #TechCoach#notatiste https://t.co/o0nHweO66C
— Kasey Bell (@ShakeUpLearning) June 24, 2019
5. Tom Spall presented Flippity.net (A FULL breakdown of this AMAZING site) where he gives you everything you need to know about Flippity plus examples of how to use it in education!
By FAR the BEST web tool for EDUCATORS right now! 20+ activities for you and your students! All activities are tied to @Google Sheets for easy editing, and implementation! ENJOY!
— Tom Spall (@Tommyspall) June 24, 2019
6. Augmented Reality has taken the edtech world by storm and the possibilities are nearly endless. Jaime Donally, one of the AR gurus, presented at ISTE and wrote about one of her favorite apps called 3DBear. You can read all about it in her post Create Augmented Reality + Examples.
New Blog: Create #AugmentedReality + Exampleshttps://t.co/dG3Uak1gTT#AR #ARVRinEDU #ISTE19 #XR #ARKit #edtech #edchat #education #FridayThoughts #ISTE2019 #ISTE #CreateEDU #NotAtISTE @3DBearOfficial pic.twitter.com/1JA97ufE3M
— Jaime Donally (@JaimeDonally) June 21, 2019
7. Nichole Carter shared resources on using bullet journals with students after the topic came up at and ISTE panel session. Check out her post Develop, Create, and Inspire Change with Bullet Journaling.
Someone asked at the #sketchnote panel this morning about how to #bulletjournal with students. Here is the link to my resources both to get you started and to start with students! https://t.co/o4D0HcXTnp #ISTE19 #notatISTE #sketchiste #bulletjournaling pic.twitter.com/aQP5kLQ2Qc
— Nichole Carter (@MrsCarterHLA) June 24, 2019
8. Adobe Spark announced some pretty amazing updates at ISTE including Project Share which allows creators to share projects with one another to make collaboration even easier.
New @AdobeSpark Update 💜🖤
Project Share is HERE!
You can now share your creations with others to work on the same project ! Whoot 🌟
— Tanya Avrith (@TanyaAvrith) June 25, 2019
9. ISTE is always filled with the latest edtech news and this year was no exception. Google for Education announced that they have 6 new activities to help kids learn to evaluate what they see online.
Educators: we’ve launched 6️⃣ new #BeInternetAwesome media literacy activities designed to help students think critically about media online. Bring these activities into your classroom today: https://t.co/lxbksVHayU #ISTE19 #NotAtISTE pic.twitter.com/bEPleuyvwN
— Google for Education (@GoogleForEdu) June 25, 2019
10. Accessibility is an important topic to address in every classroom. Mike Tholfsen, from Microsoft EDU, is passionate about creating inclusive environments and shared all of his resources from his presentation on creating accessible classrooms.
— Mike Tholfsen (@mtholfsen) June 26, 2019
11. Nate Ridgway, Angie Ridgway and I presented “Don’t Ditch That Tech” at ISTE where we shared ideas and resources for differentiating instruction in a digital world. If you missed us at or were not at ISTE, you’ll find everything you need on this page.
Simply go to this link: https://t.co/6zo8Lj8UTz
— Nate & Angie Ridgway (@TeachFromRidge) June 26, 2019
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