TripIt: Forward confirmation emails from any travel site or service to TripIt’s email address, and this web/mobile travel organizer will compile all the information into one simple itinerary to access from the web or your mobile device. It also integrates with Outlook and all of your social media channels. (iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, web) Pinterest: This virtual pinboard allows you to organize and share what you find on the web. You can browse others’ pinboards—including ISTE’s [http://pinterest.com/istepinterest]—to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. (iPad, iPhone, web) Shoeboxed: Two important things that tend to get lost during the conference shuffle are business cards and receipts. This app will take care of both. Attending a networking event? Scan business cards with your phone, and the app will file them in your contacts. Having a business lunch? Scan the receipt, and Shoeboxed will add it to an exportable expense report. (iPhone, Android, web) uStream: This is an oldie but a goodie. You can broadcast anything online for free, from your lounge presentations at the conference to your dog’s hijinks back home. Or you can tune in to watch the penguins at Sea World (iPad, iPhone, Android, Web) Hipstamatic Disposable D-Series: This version of the popular retro photo filter and sharing app Hipstamatic takes the retro theme even further by allowing friends to share one batch of 24 shots. As everyone shoots their own photos, the number of shots left decreases, just like an old-school roll of analog film. We also love Instagram, especially now that there are so many third-party add-ons for printing, screen savers, web services, etc. (iPad, iPhone) SugarSync: This file-sharing and online cloud storage site makes it easy to back up, share, and access your files anytime, anywhere. It’s kind of like Dropbox, except that you can also sync or back up any folder on your computer, sync via email, and share folders with permissions and passwords. And it offers apps on an impressive array of mobile platforms. (iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, Windows Mobile, Symbian, web) HootSuite: Although this site gained fame as a Twitter dashboard, it allows you to track all your social media channels, including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. We like it because it lets you schedule tweets for later and track click-throughs on your links, and, unlike TweetDeck, it offers mobile apps. (iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, web, desktop application) Happy Hours: Conferences aren’t all about work, after all! This app helps you quickly find a good nearby eatery or watering hole after a long day of sessions. (iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, mobile web) JiWire WiFi Finder: Yes, ISTE offers free Wi-Fi in the conference center, but this app is for those times when you stray out of its reach. Using the GPS function on your iPhone, Wi-Fi Finder locates the closest free hotspot and tells you how to get there. (iPhone) Robotvision: Sure, you could just Google the nearest ATM or restaurant, but this is so much cooler. This augmented reality app shows you nearby points of interest, geo-tagged photos, and your Twitter followers by overlaying them on the real-life view through your camera. (Disclaimer: This is the only tool that’s not free, but we thought it was well worth the 99-cent pricetag.) (iPad, iPhone)
Attendees began lining up more than an hour before the opening keynote to hear education advocate and award-winning author Sir Ken Robinson speak at ISTE 2012. With even the overflow room filled to capacity, conference attendees crowded into the networking lounges and ISTE Central to watch Robinson moderate a spirited panel discussion on the role of technology in education.
ISTE President Holly Jobe kicked-off the keynote celebration with remarks on the role of ISTE members in expanding global education initiatives. “Not only does your voice matter, it can be heard around the world,” she said.
Outgoing ISTE CEO Don Knezek then introduced incoming CEO Brian Lewis, who most recently held the position of interim CEO for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Lewis said he plans to continue ISTE’s work to unleash student success across the globe.
Featured keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson launched the panel discussion with a candid criticism of the systemic culture of the American education system.
The fun begins today at 1 p.m. with the Conference Kick-off and Member Celebration hosted by television personality and digital guru Mario Armstrong. The Kick-Off, presented in Hall B1, is an exciting mix of entertainment, give-aways, and conference information.
Few people realize that Batman’s secret identity is actually ISTE Conference Kick-Off host Mario Armstrong.
ISTE offers several opportunities for socialization and networking in the late afternoon and early evening. The Global Education Summit, held from 2-5 p.m., is a chance for those interested in international education to share work and ideas on global learning collaborations.
The Member Networking Fair and Special Interest Group (SIG) open house, which will be held 3-5 p.m. in lobby DE, and will feature representatives from SIGs covering a wide range of interests and topics. Young adult educators will want to make sure and stop by the Young Educator Network (YEN) table to connect with other early career educators and learn about additional YEN events coming up this week.
ISTE will also host a conference Tweetup from 3-5 p.m. in the DE lobby so attendees can connect with fellow tweeps face-to-face.
The afternoon social events will be followed by the opening keynote, “Redefining Horizons: Encouraging Students’ Passion to Achieve,” from 5:45-7 p.m. in Hall B1. Instead of the traditional lecture format, keynoter Sir Ken Robinson will moderate a panel discussion on passion-based learning. Panel representatives include Education Thought Leader Marc Prensky, Vice President of International Government Affairs for Qualcomm, Shawn Covell, and Actress, Author, and Teacher Mayim Bialik.
Make sure to stick around after the keynote for the Global Happy Hour from 7-8 p.m. in the Sails Pavilion. The event will feature complementary global cuisine and live music. A cash bar will also be available.
To learn more about events and happenings here at ISTE 2012 pick up a copy of the official show newspaper The Daily Leader or click here to download the pdf version.
The first day of the International Society of Technology in Education Conference was the most productive kind of group therapy. For most of the day, conference attendees split into several small “UnConference” groups organized by Classroom 2.0 creator Steve Hargadon, where they frankly discussed the myriad challenges and benefits of integrating #edtech into the classroom.
Over and over again, educators nodded in agreement with each other while commiserating on how to get students, administrators, and parents all on board with the collaborative, tech friendly classroom today’s kids need.
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This is the mobile application for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a worldwide nonprofit membership association dedicated to improving education through the effective use of technology. In this application, users can network with ISTE members and other educators, get up to the minute news through blog and Twitterupdates, and gain access to a valuable set of educational resources such as ISTE’s ed tech standards, articles, and podcasts.
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The annual Leadership Symposium at the ISTE conference, which took place this morning at the San Diego Convention Center, collects seasoned educators from around the world in a single room to discuss ways to improve student learning. The hands-on workshop was the first of many #ISTE12 events geared toward principles and administrators interested in the successful integration of educational technology in schools.
Michael Fullan, Leadership Conference Facilitator
“The evidence is very clear now that students are increasingly bored as they progress from grade to grade and teachers are increasingly alienated because it’s hard to teach students who are bored,” said Michael Fullan, professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and lead facilitator of ISTE’s upcoming Leadership Conference. “Technology, if used well, can break that open. But if we throw it in there without the knowledge of how to use technology effectively it’s just a waste of money.”
Participants at the Leadership Symposium spent much of the morning working in small groups to discuss topics related to ebook development and adoption, learning environment design, and affective assessment processes.
“We all have to be relentless. What we’re trying to do here is difficult; it’s time consuming. If it was easy it would have been done already,” said Jim Vanides, member of the HP Catalyst Initiative and designated listener at the Leadership Symposium.
The Leadership Strand at ISTE 2012 lists several sessions targeted toward education leaders. Those interested in education administration issues will also want to stop by the Leadership Lounge, located in the Technology Infrastructure Pavilion (TIP) inside the exhibit hall.
Visitors to the Leadership Lounge will have the opportunity to submit questions they would like to see discussed at the upcoming ISTE Leadership Conference, October 21-13 in Indianapolis. Attendees who submit a question will be entered to win a Kindle Fire.
To learn more about ISTE’s commitment to supporting leaders in education design and development, as well as the October Leadership Conference, check out this video featuring ISTE Deputy CEO Leslie Conery.
On Sunday, June 24, 2012 the Global Education Conference Network and iEARN will be hosting its first Global Education Summit as part of ISTE Unplugged activities at the 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. The purpose of this event is to provide a face-to-face networking opportunity in an "unconference" style for any person interested in global education initiatives. The guiding philosophy around our November conference is that solid professional relationships and community building activities support success global collaborations between educators, schools and organizations. Thus, we want to provide another opportunity at ISTE for like-minded people to gather. Many people and organizations want to share their work and be inspired by others who may be attending ISTE and/or who are located in the San Diego, California area. This is also a great opportunity to bring educators together who may have met online during sessions for the 2010 and 2011 Global Education Conferences.
This summit will be free and open to all. You do not have to register for ISTE in order to attend. However, you might want to join the Global Education Conference Network and respond to this event invitation in order to keep abreast of event news and subsequent news of our November online conference.
Bring your ideas, projects and enthusiasm to the summit as there will be three different activities for sharing and learning.
SocialEdCon Ed Tech Unconference Attendees Share Conversation, Web 2.0 Tools Posted on June 24, 2012 by kstansberry Hundreds of educators attended SocialEdCon, the fifth annual unconference held before the ISTE annual conference and exposition at the San Diego Convention Center earlier today. SocialEdCon is organized onsite based on the interests and expertise of participants. Topics at this year’s event covered a wide range of issues, including social media and student bullying, building online courses, professional development strategies, effective blended learning, and organizing virtual conferences.
“It’s just a really engaging day. It’s about conversations and not presentations. You get to talk about what you want to talk about,” said Steve Hargadon, who developed and organizes the annual event.
Formerly known as EduBloggerCon, organizers changed the name of the event this year to indicate greater inclusiveness of all social media tools used in education.
Jena Sherry, a middle school teacher from Viola, Wis. and first-time ISTE attendee, had the following to say about her SocEdCon experience: “There are lots of things to think about so far. I’m so excited to just ponder things that I do, things that I could change or improve, or try out and share with others.”
The afternoon sessions of the unconference kicked off with the popular Web 2.0 Smackdown, hosted by Vicki Davis. The following is a selection of the apps, websites, and social media tools shared by attendees:
Kid’s Journal: This iPad app uses a very simple interface that enables younger students to combine visual elements and text to create journal entries on a variety of topics.
Educreations: Available through web browsers and as an iPad app, Educreations turns your computer or iPad into a recordable interactive whiteboard that can be shared online.
TEDEd: This website enables teachers to turn any video on YouTube or the TED website into a lesson with discussion questions, short quizzes, and additional information.
MangaHigh.com: There are plenty of math game websites out there, but MangaHigh taps into students’ natural competitive nature by pitting them against groups of students from schools around the world. Users earn points by completing progressively difficult math problems.
TodaysMeet: This cross-channel backchannel app allows users to create an online space for conversation and discussion. The interface is so easy that a user can create a virtual meeting room in about 30 seconds.
ISTEQuest12: This unofficial conference game is billed as a mixture of The Amazing Race, a scavenger hunt, a flash mob, and Improv Comedy. Good luck!
WhatIsYourEduWin?: Teaching can be a thankless job. Using Twitter, this website facilitates the sharing of education accomplishments.
GoogleFight: A fun distraction that can teach a bit about search engine optimization, GoogleFight pits two search terms against each other to show which has the most mentions.
Smore: Still in Beta, Smore users create posters online that are embeddable on any webpage. With lots of styles and themes to choose from you don’t need to be a graphic designer to create professional looking posters for the web.
GenderRemixer.com: Commercials aimed at children often use blatant gender stereotyping to sell products. This media literacy website mixes up the audio and visual content of ads to create absurd juxtapositions in commercial content.
Slidewriter: This iPad app makes editing text much easier. Instead of scanning within text, Slidewriter adds a bar above the keyboard that can be used to move the edit bar within your text.
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