Panels, posters, and lectures, oh my! Did you know that there are more than 1,300 different sessions, events, and learning opportunities at ISTE 2018?! To help handle the pre-conference planning stress, We sat down to create a list of the opportunities that we are most excited for at ISTE 2018. We chose opportunities led by school leaders and teachers as well as opportunities that align with the learning goals supported by PenPal Schools! Enjoy the list, share your feedback, and don’t miss our general conference tips at the bottom of the article.
Global Education Day
Sunday, June 24, 2:00–5:00 pm
Our seventh annual Global Ed Day forum is a three-hour mini-conference organized by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon for those interested in globally connecting students and teachers. A face-to-face follow up to the Global Education Conference, with short talks to round-table topic discussions, come and connect!
GlobalEd Poster Sessions
Sunday, June 24th, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Poster Sessions
On Sunday night there are about 45 presenters sharing GlobalEd ideas in the Skyline Ballroom. Topics include global collaboration tools, digital citizenship, Stop by and sell hello at table 27 where I’ll be presenting about how PenPal Schools is using VR to support global education!!
Top Tools for Global Collaboration
Tuesday, June 26, 1:15–2:15 pm, Interactive Lecture
Join ISTE Global Collaboration PLN leaders and explore trending tools that support global collaboration. Experience tools in action involving global online participants. Learn how online tools can help provide individualized learning and interactive problem solving as well as professional development in both virtual and face-to-face environments.
Project Based Learning
Project-Based Teaching: Fine-Tuning Instructional Strategies for Deep Learning
Monday, June 25, 10:00–11:00 am, Lecture
Increasing adoption of project-based learning in schools worldwide challenges teachers to rethink their role as they shift from traditional instruction to student-centered learning. Seven Project Based Teaching Practices clarify the teacher’s role in high-quality PBL. Session introduces new videos to illuminate key strategies and inspire participant reflection.
Project-Based Learning to Enhance Student Creativity Through Technology
Tuesday, June 26, 12:15–1:15 pm, Lecture
Experience ways in which PBL engages students in the creativity process to produce new and innovative solutions to authentic problems. This session is modeled on BIE's creativity rubric, which assesses the deep learning of significant content and mastery of 21 century competencies. Technology connections are embedded within the presentation.
Data-Driven Blended Learning + PBL = Achievement
Monday, June 25, 1:30–2:30 pm, Lecture
Discover the PBL Data-Driven Blended Model to engage students in problem-solving and differentiate learning using adaptive technology and small-group instruction. In this interactive presentation, we'll focus on the systems and structures one urban district developed for blended learning. You'll leave with five steps and resources for implementation.
SEL & Digital Citizenship Skills
Inquiry Ignited With a Culture of Questions and Curiosity
Tuesday, June 26, 4:15–5:15 pm, Interactive Lecture
How can we spark natural curiosity to build an engaging student-centered learning experience? Whether it's PBL or another innovative method, it ALL starts with a question. Explore technology tools, questioning resources and a showcase of examples to help ignite, sustain and scaffold student curiosity.
Let the Students Drive the Learning #StuVoice
Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm, Panel
Learning is exciting when students have agency and the content is relevant to them. Choice in the learning path and leveraging how students learn in informal learning environments truly puts the student at the center of the learning. This session will explore practical approaches to supporting student-driven learning.
Digital Citizenship Roadmap for Schools & Districts
Wednesday, June 27, 1:30–2:30 pm, Interactive Lecture
This updated topic will draw in the changes to ISTE Standards related to digital citizenship in schools. This session will have real-world plans and ideas for digital citizenship for everyone. Participants will move beyond theory and show how digital citizenship can come to life in the community.
Be sure to stop by and say hello at the PenPal Schools booth (#2609) in the expo hall! And Click here to check out all of the other sessions we’re excited to explore!
General Conference Tips
The combination of travel, networking, and walking around a convention center can do a number of your body. Make sure to stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle and drinking at least 80 oz each day. It might sound like a lot to drink but your body will thank you each morning when you rush off to a 9:00 am session!
Once a teacher always a teacher! I never leave home without a back of snacks in my backpack and coming to ISTE will be no exception. On any given day, my snack bag includes dried fruit, nuts, El Norteño jerky (it’s seriously the best), and something chocolate.
You're going to want to have your tech with you at all times during ISTE 2018! Make sure to charge your devices each night so that you start every day with a full battery. I also recommend bringing a portable battery to help keep your phone or tablet at 100%.
Wear a Pedometer
This one is pure vanity! Yes, after each day you are going to love thinking back through all of the amazing conversations you had, but it also feels pretty cool to see exactly how many miles you walked around the convention center and downtown Chicago.
Get ready to Tweet
Dust off that old Twitter handle and get ready to tweet! It’s the 21st century and a lot of people have moved on from business cards to Twitter. Seriously though, update that Twitter bio, remove any embarrassing Tweets from your past, and while you’re at it, connect with me @MarkDDanforth.
Mark Danforth is the Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer at PenPal Schools. He has a background in K-12 education as an elementary school teacher in Oakland, CA. Mark has had the opportunity to speak at and attend a number of education conferences including SXSWedu and ISTE. Connect with Mark on Twitter @MarkDDanforth