ISTE Newbie!

You guys, I am so excited to attend my first ever ISTE Conference!!

ISTE ExcitementIn case you are unfamiliar, the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) puts on an annual conference that draws together almost 20,000 educators, administrators, technology specialists, media techs, and other education personnel come together to engage, interact, learn, share, and network. I’m not sure exactly what to expect. I’ve been reading some different blogs with various pieces of advice about what to do – and what not to do – at your first ISTE conference. 

Part of my excitement stems from the last few months of truly excellent, collegial professional development. I have had the pleasure to engage in some really great conversations with folks – at conferences, on Twitter, face to face. These are the types of things that energize and inspire me. I love the opportunity to be in control of my own professional learning. It feels great to be able to engage in the types of professional development that is meaningful and that matters to me.

The other piece of my excitement is around the opportunity to meet so many new friends and to explore an awesome and historical city. I signed up for an early morning 5k that will take myself and about 200 (!!!) other people through the historic areas of Philadelphia. For this history nerd-runner-techie, that’s the perfect way to start the day!

Is anyone else going to ISTE??

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