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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.

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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, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com