For the second time in 10 years, I will not be attending one of my favorite conferences - the ISTE conference.
Like many others though, I’ll be learning about ISTE from afar. ISTE attendees are by nature prolific tweeters and love to collaborate and share.
In exploring ways to connect and learn along with passionate educators far away at ISTE you may ask:
What are the best ways to follow? How can I connect virtually? What resources can be shared with my colleagues so that they can connect with some of the ideas at ISTE13? How can this learning benefit my students?
7 Resources for Attending ISTE Virtually
- Hashtag #ISTE13 - Follow the hashtag for the conference. You will see results from anyone using the hashtag. If you use the application Tweetdeck to access Twitter, you can create easy to follow columns for any list, search term or hashtag. To connect with others attending virtually use the hashtags #iste13 N.B. Hashtags are not just for twitter Check out Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for the #iste13 hashtag
- Hashtag #notatiste – A new hashtag has cropped up this year for talking about not being there. Those following virtually are sharing, posting and adding some humor too
- ISTE Social: Facebook, Twitter, Ning
- Pinterest: Pinterest added regularly
- Full Program Guide - Go to the conference website. Read about the sessions, posters and events. Shared presentation materials are linked too. At the main site, you will also find news feeds, video clips and other updates. Be sure to stop back later as many sessions are video archived for later viewing.
- ISTE Unplugged - View the ISTE Unplugged site. It is the unconference or unplugged version of ISTE gatherings and view resources
- Rss/Blog Reader - Set up a Feedly RSS reader account to follow bloggers at ISTE. By following via twitter you will be able to find blogs to add to your reader. ISTE has a blogger list you can access or join too.
- Mobile Apps - ISTE Mobile App has a list of standards and the ISTE Connects Blog, ISTE Conference App lists sessions and more.
- ISTE Remote - ISTE has a pay option which provides access to certain sessions - Schedule
About the ISTE Conference
Sponsored by the International Society of Technology in Education, the ISTE Conference draws close to 20,000 people and is the gathering place for scores of educational technology enthusiasts. Every possible vendor is there so if you have questions or want to see demos you can connect with them. The vendor floor is full of product samples and representatives ready to answer your every question.
Educators gather to discuss challenges, trends and solutions. Sessions explore successful practice and new ideas.
Connecting with the people though is the real charm of ISTE. That is what makes it great. ISTE is about the people – the passionate educators who bring the best of innovative and tech supported learning to students and willingly collaborate with other educators is what it is all about.
Happily you can explore it before, during and after virtually! Taking advantage of virtual learning is more doable than ever before. As you explore resources and make connections virtually, you are experiencing that connected learning for yourself as well. Here are a few resources. What other resources would you add?
This is cross posted on School CIO – a division of Techlearning