ISTE, the World’s Premier Ed Tech Conference and Exposition!
So rather than just sit here and list every Twitter Rockstar I met and talk about who I was freaking out about meeting, I thought I would take a different approach. There were a few people this week who really had an impact on me. Who made me feel like I mattered. Who made me feel important, and who made me feel like I had a voice worth listening to and a personality worth getting to know and who I felt like was really interested in connecting with me on a personal level. Which as I started out writing, is something that hit me hard. So I decided instead of writing about ISTE as a whole, I would just write a little bit about a few of the people who really impacted me the most this week……(**side note: As I stated before I met a TON of great people, but these people listed below are just a few of the ones that helped remind me that I matter).
These are two of my “20 to Watch” buddies. Jayne is an amazingly creative and energetic woman. And Jayme is someone that I connected with quickly at 20 to Watch back in March. We haven’t had time to chat much since March, but Jayme and I hit it off right away again. Jayme is so much fun to be around and someone who defintely has quite a few creative ideas. She’s so down to earth and geniune. I can’t wait to collaborate some with her college classes this fall.
Thanks Todd, you’ve made me feel like a star! Really appreciate being on this prestigious list.
YOU ROCK TECH NINJA TODD – Hey I never got that autograph!
Jayne’s ISTE13 TRAVEL LOG:
Wednesday at ISTE 13:
Jayne with Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist, Author and Speaker who did a presentation called: All You Need to know about iPads in the Classroom
Catch Adam Bellow as he delivers the high-energy closing keynote of ISTE 2013. The author and educational technologist will share stories of inspiration from classrooms around the world. Immediately preceding the closing keynote will be a special panel discussion featuring Richard Culatta, Acting Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education; Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education; and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
Tuesday at ISTE 13:
Another FABULOUS day at ISTE 13 – First stop was to meet Brain Parade developer, Jim McClafferty and behavior analyst, Stephanie O’Brien. Brain Parade had a big start to their day as Jim was featured on Fox 29 TV this morning. View the INTERVIEW here.
“Children with autism and other developmental challenges deserve better education tools.” With that strong belief as his motivation, Jim McClafferty created Brain Parade. Brain Parade is a developer of learning solutions for children with autism and other special needs. The company is the creator of See.Touch.Learn., an iPad application and online community, which serves as a visual learning and assessment system that can be shared with others. The award-winning app provides thousands of high-quality mobile images for parents, teachers, therapists and students. The engaging lessons can be customized, providing an effective and fun learning experience for the special needs community.
Monday at ISTE 13:
Three Ring is an app like no other! It captures qualitative evidence of student learning. Three Ring allows teachers and students to document anything, organize it in seconds, and have it seamlessly available at school and at home. Three Ring is your ultimate instructional resource and the easiest way to make portfolios, save artifacts for IEPs, demonstrate student learning in non-tested subjects and the Common Core and much more. Best Part – It’s Free!
ISTE’s world-renowned ed tech exposition opened today at 9:30 a.m. in Halls B-D. Attendees can experience the latest learning innovations and teaching solutions through in-booth presentations and innovative product demonstrations. This year’s expo features more than 1,400 booths and 500 exhibiting companies from around the globe. New this year, don’t miss the Start-up Pavilions and Pitch Fest.
Sunday at ISTE 13:
Met Brad Waid (left) and Drew Whitlock from, Two Guys and Some iPads and got the royal tour! They are a couple of teachers from Eastover Elementary in Bloomfield Hills, MI who are on a mission to change the way we learn, teach, and lead by using technology. They have a small iPad pilot in their school and we are using them to create meaningful and engaging lessons. “We hope our ideas, resources, and vision we share on this website, help you want to “change the game.” Check out our AR-Augmented Reality section and Game Changing Apps section for more awesome information. Brad and Drew ran an awesome demo of their new Augmented Reality vision in the Bloggers Cafe. Their magic “WOWED” many ISTE goers and were the hit of the show for a bit.
Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011) — and is the inventor and co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has helped more than 200,000 players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury.
On my way to register…
Attention Educators: Want to be part of the Surface Experience Project? Microsoft will give 10,000 Surface tablets to educators for their schools who attend ISTE!
With the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project, Microsoft is trying to edge its way into the mobile education movement – and gain some positive publicity for its Surface tablets along the way. The company will be giving away Surface RTs to the first 10,000 registrants for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio. ISTE is expecting 13,000 individual educators, which means there will be a tablet for almost all. Register first!
ISTE – Exclusive Offer for Registered Attendees to Get a Free Surface Tablet
To get your Microsoft Surface Tablet you must first register online and have your school officer sign a gift acknowledgement letter provided by Microsoft. For more information including terms and conditions, go to here to register.
Saturday - My ISTE journey begins
I’m on the first leg of my trip, left the happening Hamptons and drove an hour to the quaint Islip McArthur Airport. In the air now and have one more connecting flight from Tampa to San Antonio. So far, so good.
If you are attending ISTE and want to connect with Teachers With Apps, please send me a tweet @TeachersApps. I’m hoping to meet up with many of my online friends and colleagues, meet a whole slew of new people to add to my PLN, and spread the good word about our work.
Teachers With Apps has been granted a Media Pass; I plan on keeping you all informed on the latest and greatest. Check back later and get the inside scoop from Jayne Clare covering ISTE live. Anne Rachel is back home manning “store”, keeping you abreast of all the exciting travails…
ISTE’s 34th annual conference takes place June 23rd – 26th in San Antonio, TX. One of the best things about attending ISTE is having the opportunity to make new connections with like-minded educators from around the world. Our very own Jayne Clare, seen left boarded and on her way to San Antionio, will be in attendance this year and keeping us updated daily with photos and and news snippets. Safe travels Jayne and have a blast!