In the past I have thought that waiting, and collecting all of my thoughts and resources before posting about a conference would provide a good summary of it.
But it hasn't yet worked...I wait too long and loose the excitement, or forget where all of my resources are, or just get caught up in other things.
So this post is titled First Blush, because it's the immediate, day after, thoughts, resources and reflections on ISTE 2013. I'm sure more deeper thoughts and connections will emerge later, but I want to capture and reflect on these now.
A very important take away from this conference is the expansion of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) as a result of meeting people, learning from them, and adding new folks that I learn from on Twitter, the Web and Pinterest.
If you search the #iste13 hashtag, you'll find many posts, resources, ideas and links from the conference.
Debbie Smith has created an awesome Listly List of ISTE13 Resources, click here to check it out.
Invent to Learn
This was a day of DIY and Making and Learning and Collaborating and Fun, not to mention a continual flow of good food.
This is Constructivism on so many levels: constructing knowledge through making, constructing things for the fun of it...
I learned from some very patient friends how to create a circuit on a greeting card. that lights up.
Some very enthusiastic entrepreneurs created a prototype for a food trailer for next year's iPadpalooza.
Did you know that candy can be a keyboard?
Did you know that you can wear computers?
Here are a few photos, but be sure to check out Gary Stager's Website for more on the Maker Movement.
Also, here is a Listly List that Marianna Husain has created to curate the Maker Movement resources.
We received his Invent to Learn Book
We were a bit nervous to be presenting to a full session of 140 people, with a line of many that they had to turn away. But once we started interacting with the crowd, we began to relax and have a great time.
The attendees were very engaged and asked great questions through our Today's Meet Back Channel. And Janet did a great job of keeping up with it. The link to the pdf of the chat is on the website at the top, as are all the links and resources.
Kathy Schrock talked about iPad activities in the context of Bloom's Taxonomy
10 Resources for PBL by Howie Diblasi
Check out their Interact Cafe Site.
Closing Keynote: Adam Bellow- You're Invited to Change the World
Adam was funny, inspiring, and thought provoking
Here are some phrases that rang true:
Technology is the great equalizer, and our main purpose is to use it to help our students believe that what they do matters.
Surround yourself with a PLN (professional learning network) where others don’t always agree with you. Get out of the echo chamber.
Innovation happens when you intersect fear and bravery.
Don't standardize creativity, don't control it, Unleash it!
It's vital that we teach students to create not consume.
Respecting failure helps you embrace curiosity.
We all stand on the shoulders of giants.
The secret of change is to focus your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new-Socrates.
You are a teacher, you are a hero, you are a Jedi.
Exhibit Hall and Poster Sessions
The poster sessions were a gold mine each time I went.
The first thing we wanted to check out in the Exhibit Hall was furniture for more collaborative classrooms.