All I can say is WOW! What an amazing week of learning and connecting. The keynote speakers were amazing and inspirational. Soledad O'Brien opened the conference with great stories and a real call to action. Jack Gallagher spoke about his relationship with his amazing son, Liam, who has autism. Finally, Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher, who did the closing keynote, really said it all at the end of his closing keynote when he said, "I'm a teacher and I'm damn proud of that!" What a way to end the conference. Wow!
There were so many highlights to #ISTE2015 for me but I had to write this blog to document a few and because I couldn't wait to tell people. If you ever get the chance to go to ISTE.... do it!
One of my favorite highlights was finally meeting Jessica Raleigh (@TyrnaD), who is such an inspiration with the morning twitter chat #BFC530. I'm sure people know it, but she is pretty freaking smart and fun and amazing and any other descriptions of AWESOME! Jess, was kind of in charge of ISTE from what I could tell.
Seeing Pernille Ripp (@PernilleRipp) and Erin Klein (@KleinErin) talk about authentic and purposeful writing in their "Set Their Voices Free: How Students Can Share Their Stories" talk was amazing. "If you want kids to do meaningful writing, you must provide a meaningful purpose." Wow! Both of these amazing educators were awesome throughout the week.
Matt Miller (@jmattmiller) who wrote Ditch That Textbook, did two sessions that I attended and he shared some great tools for establishing a paperless classroom. His Sharing Is Caring Session was filled with fun and engaging activities. I can't wait to share with my staff. Better yet, I got the chance to connect with him and he is the REAL DEAL! Such positivity and passion!
|Look at this powerhouse team. Angela Maiers, Lourds Lane and Beth Houf|
The best part of #ISTE2015 was re-connecting with Beth Houf (@BethHouf). We met last year at NAESP14 and have collaborated on many projects throughout this year. Her passion, brains and personality continue to inspire me to be better at what I do. Without her, I would never have met so many amazing people. I had a great time helping her in her presentation and I learned a ton too (as always).
I could go on and on about #ISTE2015. I feel that I have neglected so many amazing and inspirational people. Each session that I went to was amazing. The Ignite Sessions were incredible. Each person I met I was able to learn something from. I hope to connect with all of you some more and work together in the future.