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Online Sharing about ISTE2011

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference (ISTE) is the biggest event in educational technology industry every year, this year (ISTE2011) some 22,000 educators and 5,000 exhibitors came together in Philadelphia at The Pennsylvania Convention Center. The good news is that you don’t have to attend the conference to get some valuable take aways. There are continuous reflections about this meet-up shared online. These are only a few highlights after digestion, as below.

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Edtech and Education Resources

Apps for Project-Based Learning (Tony Vincent) – favorite Apps shared from teachers

Top Ten Free Educational Technology Applications I Learned (More) About at #ISTE11 (Tech Rav) – new resources learned at the ISTE 2011 Conference or innovative applications of resources that already in use.

60in60 wiki (Brandon Lutz) – “60 technology tools in 60 minutes” presented in ISTE2011, you can download the full list and the Prezi presentation

Web 2.0 Smackdown @ ISTE11 – a livebinder collecting Web2.0 tools that were shared during the Smackdown

Leslie Fisher’s Gadgets for everyone – her handouts are available here

Tammy’s Top 20 Favorite Web Tools (Tammy Worcester)

ISTE 2011 iPad in the Classroom Presentation (Lucy Gray) – link to download free e-books

Diana Dell’s (@dianadell) Recliner Resources – a great collection in wide range topics

Cycles vs. Checklists: Fostering Creative Process in an Accountability World – A presentation by Candace Hackett Shively, Director of K-12 Initiatives, The Source for Learning, covers pedagogy and web tools.

Experiences, comments, thoughts and notes-taking

FEDs review progress on National Ed-Tech plan (Laura Devaney) – a summary on the session given by director of educational technology for the federal Education Department (ED)

  • Cator stressed the role that digital content can play in learning, and she noted that educators should focus on this potential as classrooms move from a predominantly print-based environment to a digital environment.
  • Leveraging mobile technologies plays a large part in the ed-tech plan
  • several essential components must be in place, such as broadband internet access, devices in all places where learning can occur and the human infrastructure

and the next steps for Ed-tech stakeholders …

•    Solve for equity.
•    Develop a smart demand for ed tech and information.
•    Develop personal learning networks.
•    Nominate favorite communities of practice on
•    Fully participate in technology use and conversations.
•    Share stories, strategies, and results.

The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools (Tina Barseghian) – a summary about the speech by Adam S. Bellow on ISTE2011, some good quotes include “TECHNOLOGY IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.”,  “Technology should be like oxygen.” and “Teachers have access to thousands of free Web tools. And even if the free ones do decide to start charging, others will crop up to replace it. The point is not to be afraid of diving in.

ISTE take-home message (Christopher Dawson) – It’s a series that Chris keeps delivering his thoughts from ISTE2011. #1 : It’s all about the iPads; #2 : The flipped classroom makes sense; #3 : What do you mean you don’t have a LMS yet ? …

ISTE 2011 – Cultivating your Personal Learning Network  (Ann S. Michaelsen) – Take away from “A Gardener’s Approach to Learning” by David Warlick, with suggested steps to build your own PLN; great quote : “If we are to redefine the 21 century teachers we will find that they must be master learners.

ISTE 2011: Unlocking Potential with Online Discussions (Catlin Tucker) – Catlin’s speech about blended learning, and more from her : Flip Your Classroom with Online Discussions! and ISTE 2011: Birds of a Feather Session Highlights .

Thoughts from an ISTE 2011 Newbie – My First Blog Post Ever! (Tech Savvy Principal, William King) – an experience sharing

ISTE Truth (from a history teacher, Dan Mcdowell) – Conclusion on the changes we need in our education, the current classroom model was devised for an industrial society in the 1890s. We are different now !

Westley Field and the Future of Schooling – #ISTE11 – There are great answers to some questions often raised about the negative effects from using technologies in classrooms.

Pedagology (Ryan Wassink) – TEDxPhiladelphiaED vs. EduBloggerCon


Sources for gathering information about ISTE conference :

ISTE Take Aways for School Leaders (Nancy Caramanico) – including

Twitter Hash tags #iste11 #ebc11 #ISTEkeynote


ISTE Unplugged:

ISTE Conference Ning:

ISTE2011 Twitter Daily, and archives




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