The 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:

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.

Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award and the 2016 NJMEA Master Music Teacher Award. TI:ME . You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com
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