The biggest conference in the education technology world took place this past June in Denver. Known as ISTE, this conference brought together more than 15,000 educators from around the world. This annual event is the premier gathering of classroom teachers, school administrators and startups in the educational technology industry.
ISTE is an overwhelming conference with lots of events happening simultaneously. Like many recent conferences, ISTE had a mobile app that made it easier to find sessions, meet-ups and special events taking place over the course of the week. From poster sessions to playgrounds, you could search for a topic or presenter to find the special event that you were looking to attend.
Short presentations have definitely become a trend at conferences over the past few years. I had the opportunity to speak at an Ignite presentation, which are just 5 minutes long with a deck of 20 slides that automatically transition so you have to quickly work through your content to get your message across. As an audience member it’s always so much fun to watch presentations in this lightning-fast format.
Lots of things were happening on the Expo Hall at ISTE this year. One of the trends I noticed in my multiple visits to the floor was virtual reality three dimensional modeling. A handful of companies were showing off how a virtual world could be used to enhance and energize instruction. BYJU’s 3D K-12 Content Library is one example of the type of technology featured. There was also The 3D Classroom by SensaVis which showed how 3D models could help students understand abstract concepts.
As always this conference was full of networking events. It’s an awesome opportunity to meet the folks behind some of your favorite tools as well as connect with teachers who are also excited about educational technology. I had the chance to connect with founders of some fantastic companies including the Seesaw learning management system. Thanks to a hailstorm, I was able to spend a lot more time then I expected speaking with educators from around the world who attended ISTE this year.
ISTE is the largest educational technology event in the country. Learn more by visiting their website.
Monica Burns is an Author, Speaker, Curriculum & EdTech Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.
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