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A Conference Re-Cap

September 30, 2014

16,000 plus registered attendees from 60+ nations! 500+ exhibitors with 1,300+ booths! 900+ sessions and 3 powerful keynotes over 4 days! What an awesome experience in Atlanta , GA at the end of June! 

Many of the presentations I attended, and especially the keynotes, had another message that I found reassuring: “It’s all about the relationships between teachers and students.” Even at the NETA confer­ence last April I heard a similar theme. Technology is a fantastic tool to provide your students with the resources needed, but technology is definitely not “IT.” However, a great teacher is! And if you look around at schools to find the best teachers, you will find those teachers who, while possessing great skills in their content areas and classroom management, more importantly, have a way of connecting with their students--making relationships .

ISTE 2014 had a lot to offer me and others. But of all the opportunities that were presented, I think that Kevin Carroll’s keynote on day two inspired me most. In his keynote, Kevin inspired me to make sure to “work hard, play harder, and inspire hardest.” I want to inspire teachers in the ESU 10 district to give their students the very best experience they can and to realize that they are the biggest asset in their classrooms. Technology gives students experiences far beyond what we ever imagined, but the teach­er is truly the best “app” in the room! (Thanks Mr. Badura for that quote!)

In addition to the big picture of creativity and relationships, I also learned a great deal from all of the breakout sessions I attended! I can’t wait to delve further into some of my favorite presentations which include “Mastering the Common Core with Project Based Learning,” “Untangling the Web,” “Digital Storytelling for the YouTube Generation,” Animation,” and “Getting to the Common Core-­ Technology Integration and Literacy.” I’m even more excited to share my learnings with my colleagues and with ESU 10 educators!

-by Peg Coover, Teaching and Learning Coordinator