The ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) conference brings together roughly 13,000 educators and education leaders from around the world for three days of learning, playgrounds, discussion, BYOD sessions, and an overwhelmingly massive expo hall with vendors. This year’s conference, held in San Antonio, was my first and did not disappoint. [I even had the guts to present two poster sessions Project: 140 and Project: Me]
I’ve seen various forms of this picture before, including during the conference, but this really was what it was like:
The point is not to absorb it all at once or try every new tool or product. It will take time, gradually, to digest it all and I’ll write more later about specific tools and takeaways. For now, let’s talk about making a difference.
I don’t know Adam Bellows personally, though I did introduce myself to him at our Google Certified Teacher gathering and he even let me try on his infamous Google Glass.
As he spoke nuggets of truth in such rapid fire I could barely jot down a word, I was taken back to when I delivered a similar topic to a group of at-risk teenagers in Nepal who had gathered for a leadership conference. I was invited to speak, and while I’m certainly no Adam, I chose a very similar topic Creativity and Innovation: Leveraging Technology to Change YOUR World. I wanted those students, all of whom faced very difficult life circumstances and most of whom had little hope for a bright future, to realize beyond anything else that they could improve their lives and make a difference.
Here are a few key takeaways for me:
Let’s do this.