Th e International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is currently holding their annual conference in San Diego, CA, beginning today and lasting until the 27th of June. I was fortunate enough to attend this conference back in 2008 when I worked the conference for Sibelius, right after their merge with Avid. This conference is amazing and huge. I recall that at the time, Smarttech and Promethean were head to head and going out of their way to bring people into their enormous booths.
I have always been meaning to attend again, but the funds and timing have never worked out. When that occurs, I am very thankful for social networking and such sites as Twitter. Tonight, Sir Ken Robinson (http://sirkenrobinson.com/skr/) is their keynote speaker and I have been following the twitter hashtag #iste12 to experience what other educators are thinking when listening to him speak about technology in education. The keynote, “Redefining Horizons: Encouraging Students’ Passion to Achieve,” is a panel discussion with him moderating a panel consisting of Shawn Covell, Marc Prensky, and Mayim Bialik.
Here are some of my favorite tweets so far:
- Bright Ideas
@brightideasblog Some great links being shared in the #iste12 Diigo group, like this list of iPad apps from @dianadell #vicplnhttp://goo.gl/oS1cW – click on the link to see some of the latest apps educators are using in their classrooms.
- iSchool Initiative
@iSchoolAdvocate @SirKenRobinson: Everyone has deep, natural resources.. but the edu system prevents them from reaching them. #ISTE12 #DLRTour
- Mary Beth Hertz
@mbteach @SirKenRobinson talking about Rafe Esquith’s approach to teaching through the arts #iste12
- Suzie Nestico
@nesticos @TeacherCast asking @sirkenrobinson how cam we get more students interested in the arts and music #iste12
- Joshua Faden
@JoshuaFaden True! “ @ritzius2: One of my fave @sirkenrobinson quotes, “if we know anything about children it is that they are NOT standardized.” #ISTE12“
- Mary Beth Hertz
@mbteach @SirKenRobinson says creativity can be taught. It’s about giving kids exposure to a variety of experiences & thinking strategies #iste12
- Bron Stuckey
@BronSt @SirKenRobinson shares the http://schoolofone.org and Pixar university as ways to break out of of schedule, curriculum & testing #iste12
@jarodmorrison Sir Ken Robertson: “Revolutions never happens from the top down, they never have” #iste12
- Mandela S-Hodge
@MandelaSH On changing educ:”We can’t wait for the government. Revolution comes from the bottom.” @SirKenRobinson #iste12 @isteconnects #edtech #edchat
- Beth Mulvey
@MulveyBeth RT @mbteach: Great point by @sirkenrobinson that resistance to change is embedded in tradition, not from mandates from above #iste12
- Dodie Ainslie
@djainslie Humanity is based on the principle of diversity but our education system is predicated on uniformity – Sir Ken Robinson #iste12
- Sean Junkins
@sjunkins “Finding you passion can’t be seen as just another checklist item to do.” – Sir Ken Robinson #ISTE12
- Andrew T. Schwab
@anotherschwab Technology just ‘is’ in the real world and yet we still debate it’s place in education. #iste12
- Sean Junkins
@sjunkins “The technology of today will grow old very quickly.” – Marc Prensky #ISTE12
After the tweeting will come the blogging where many of these posts will turn into a blog reporting the overall concept, point, tone, and debriefing of the keynote address. From the pictures to the tweets to the blogs, I look to social networking (and usually to Twitter and Tweetdeck-keep the twitter hashtags organized) to keep me updated and informed when I cannot attend a conference.
If you are attending the ISTE 2012 conference, please leave me a comment with your blog address or twitter feed so that I can read your thoughts and reactions to the conference.