Well, it’s been more than a week since ISTE ended and it’s still strong in my mind. CUE 2010 was my first ed.tech conference and this was my first one working in the exhibit hall. While CUE was my first exposure to what an ed.tech conference is, ISTE was perhaps my first exposure to what an ed.tech conference can be.
First of all, thanks to Luidia for flying me out to be the “experienced teacher” in their booth. They were ever so kind in bringing me along, since I otherwise wouldn’t have known the excitement of ISTE. Second of all, my apologies to those who follow me on Twitter and were bombarded with eBeam tweets. I just wanted to show my appreciation for allowing me to take place in this whole thing.
I’ll definitely write soon with some of my favorite tools and the ways that I am planning on integrating all these great ideas into my classroom, but first I just wanted to reflect on the whole experience.
My experience was so-so on Monday, as I was just getting acclimated. But Tuesday was a wildly wonderful day, peaking at lunch with an unexpected chat with Larry Anderson (@nctplarry) and Bobby McGuire (whose wife leads @rockourworld). I learned more in that lunchtime discussion than in any of the sessions and then learned much more when I participated in the Birds Of A Feather: Web 2.0 discussion at the end of the day. It is truly wonderful to be able to exchange ideas rather than just sit and take in ideas, and my hope is to do more of the exchanging during ISTE 2011 and other future conferences.
I had no idea about the Blogger Cafe, where the tweet up was precisely (thanks to @LisaGreathouse of @simpleK12 for making me feel welcome even though most everyone was already gone), the ISTE mansion, or the fact that some of the people I follow on Twitter were also in attendance (@mbteach & @kylepace to name a couple) and had #edchat live! Perhaps a little bit because I didn’t do the research and also because I was registered as an exhibitor rather than a teacher, but I’m determined that ISTE 2011 will be a lot more of the collaborating and seeing people f2f… Who’s in?
Also, finally, Peter Reynolds (author of Ish and The Dot… @peterhreynolds) is incredible. I met him at CUE, where I shared my love for his books, and this time reconnected, said a great thank you for allowing my class to have a copy of Animation-ish, and he proceeded to adorn my badge with my own artistic character.
Thanks again to everyone who made ISTE (and my experience there) possible!