As I feverishly prepare to miss my first ISTE/NECC in almost two decades, I want to offer some pointers to attendees and non-attendees alike. I’m feeling just a little remorse as my new hip and I sit this one out in anticipation of a lot of walking and standing in Disney World with my grandkids the first week in August.
The International Society for Technology in Education bills it as “The world’s premiere Ed Tech conference” and I believe them. I’ve been fortunate to attend many, many conferences over the years. So, whether you are physically attending or not, consider the following:
1. Check in with or develop a PLN (personal/professional learning network). Besides the people I correspond with and know personally, I have a plethora of pholks who keep me up to date on Twitter, Plurk and the ISTE Community Ning (I’m “joebjr” on all 3). Get yourself connected if you’re not already.
2. Our own Steve Dembo offers some solid advice that is applicable to any conference but definitely for ISTE. It’s on his long running Teach42 blog.
3. Keep an eye on this blog. There are bound to be some pithy postings about next week’s educational happenings in the City of Brotherly Love by and for our Discovery Educators.
And don’t forget fall registration for the Wilkes U./Discovery Education Instructional Media classes begins on July 12th.