Ten Takeaways from Atlanta ISTE

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I am just back to DC after my first ISTE conference in five years. Here are ten takeaways from my time in Atlanta:

Learning – gone are the days when “Spreadsheet Magic” was a best seller. There is a definite shift towards learning first, with tech incidental to learning.

Leadership – not just in role or title, but in learning by doing, taking risks and pushing the envelope in how we need to rethink education.

Capacity – building personal and communal capabilities to prepare our children to meet the demands of the knowledge economy workplace.

Design – thoughtfully and deliberately planning for the kinds of environments and experiences children need to successfully contribute to the global marketplace of ideas.

Infrastructure – putting in place the programs, policies and backbone to host and sustain a world of collaboration and contribution through innovation.

Personalization – trailblazing towards individualized instruction and maximized learning for all children, ensuring for multiple pathways to success.

Connect – network with subject matter, technical and process experts who push your thinking and advance the dialog around education and technologies.

Question – those who are expanding their capacity and growing their ability to impact education are asking many questions and are receptive to all possible answers.

Experience – for the first time I saw ISTE offering an experience, not just a conference; a place to be and be seen and be heard. How do we extend this beyond the four days in Atlanta?

Thrive – one of the key words on conference promotional materials around the Georgia World Congress Center, “thrive” connotes a level of existence beyond simply being and doing; perhaps that was the intent of the entire aforementioned conference experience – to recognize that ed tech is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle in which we all can realize our full potential and the potential in others.

Thanks for a great conference, ISTE.

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