ISTE is BIG. It's easy to get overwhelmed.
Here are my tips for newbies on the PRE-DURING-POST ISTE Experience:
Pre-ISTE - getting to ISTE early is worth it!
- HACK ED 15 Event Saturday, June 27th, 2015 from 8:00am - 4:00pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (113BC) use hashtags: #hacked15 or #hackeducation Expand your brain - great ideas and conversations all day long organized by great brains like @AudreyWatters and @SteveHargadon - you don't have to go all day (especially if you are going to our iPad workshop - see shameless self promotion below) See ISTE Unplugged http://www.isteunplugged.com/sat-627-hack-education.html
- Digital Storytelling with iPad, Book Creator and Green Screen Doink App (WHO25) 6/27 12:30 to 3:30 pre-conference workshop (self promotion I know but it will be hands-on fabulousness!)
- The Hack Education After-Party - Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Philadelphia Marriott Downtown- Grand Ballroom D FUN*FUN*FUN
Invent To Learn Day of Hard Fun @ISTE 2015 http://www.inventtolearn.com/iste/ I went before #ISTE2013 and had a blast and learned so much from @garystager and @smartinez
- Global Education Day Sunday, June 28th, 2-5pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center - Room 103B/C. Another great ISTE Unplugged event!
- Independent Educators Dinner (hopefully you signed up already - if not contact @vvrotny but it may be too late) Sunday night - can't wait to meet up with all the big brains that contribut to the weekly #isedchat every Thursday night :)
- ISTE Communities - consider joining one or more of the ISTE communities - it's a great way to make connections in an area of interest.
During ISTE- My Top 10
- dress comfortably in layers - some rooms will be cold, others hot-for goodness sake - forget style - wear comfy shoes - you will walk miles
- bring your chargers
- bring lots of business cards with you to drop in all the raffle drawings you will come across in the exhibition hall - if you don't have cards - create labels (even better) that have your information - it will save you oodles of time
- have a plan! scope out the program ahead of time - if you are going with a group consider using a google doc or evernote to organize and share information - know who you want to see in the exhibition hall too - it can be really overwhelming if you don't know your "musts" ahead of time
- visit the Blogger's Cafe - great minds there - usually veteran ISTE attendees who can give you lots of tips
- Take a water bottle with you and a couple of snacks - sometimes you get so busy you forget to eat
- Visit Philly! It's a great city with so much to see!
- Talk to people - it's the conversations around the hallways that can really elevate your learning experience - make connections-get on Twitter - ask others for their handles-download the @Tweechme app
- Try not to carry too much with you! It's tempting to pick up everything you see in the Exhibition Hall but sometimes a few snapshots on your phone can really tell the story just as well.
- Be open. Be curious. Have fun.
- Stay in touch with connections you made. Review the #ISTE2015 and #ISTE15 hash tags for things you might have missed.
- Read over your notes and try to summarize while fresh in your head.
- Think about how you can best share this information with your school community - think about creating those presentations during the summer before the school year approaches - make it a priority.
- Prepare for next year!