[BFTP] The one question I’m asking at ISTE 2013

[ISTELive 2024 starts this week so I am resurrecting three blog posts from previous years. Below is Blast From the Past (BFTP) #3 from 2013!]

Here’s my guiding question for the ISTE conference this year (for both presenters and vendors). If you’re at ISTE right now, I encourage you to ask this question too!

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Image credit: Because I’ve never told him he can’t fly, Lotus Carroll

Hot for Teacher (LIVE and podcast!)

Hot for Teacher (LIVE and podcast!)

One of the most unique educational events I know of is Noah Geisel’s annual Hot for Teacher meetup. This year the gathering is being held in conjunction with ISTELive in Denver on Saturday, June 22, at 7:00pm. You can get tickets here.

Here is a description of the event:

For storytelling fans, H4T is a lot like The Moth, just the stories told on our stage all take us back to school. 

While these educators are showing up at night to turn in some late work, no hot topic is off-topic (though sources may not be cited). Whether it’s tales about field trips, detention, substitute teaching, parent conferences, caught cheating or passing period, you can count on these teacher storytellers to make the grade and entertain.

Noah also has launched the Hot for Teacher podcast and the first few episodes are on their way. Subscribe to hear the REAL stories of educators!

Hope you can make it on Saturday and happy listening! 

[BFTP] 5 thoughts from ISTE weekend

[ISTELive 2024 starts this week so I am resurrecting three blog posts from previous years. Below is Blast From the Past (BFTP) #2 from 2015!]

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Five thoughts from the first couple of days here at the 2015 ISTE Conference…

  1. If “it’s not about the technology, it’s about the learning,” then why are we centering so many of our sessions on the tools?
  2. Are there uses of technology with students that would offend the majority of us so much that we would stand up and shout, ‘No! We should never do that!’? I see things here and there that concern me but many others seem to be pretty blasé about them or simply accept them as inevitable parts of the landscape (for example, behavior modification software, draconian Internet filtering of children and educators, and drill-and-kill systems ‘for those low-achieving kids,’ just to name a few)
  3. The work of transforming school systems is difficult work. School transformation stems from personal transformation, not from devices or apps or software. How many of us can say that we’re truly transforming more than a small handful of other educators?
  4. The work of transforming school systems is slow work. Some of us have been at this for a decade or two (or longer). How do we invest in and energize both ourselves and each other so that the frustrations, sluggishness, and setbacks don’t win?
  5. We should have more babies at ISTE. Who doesn’t love babies?!