Are you ready for ISTE 2015? The largest ed-tech conference in the nation kicks off next week when educators and edtech professionals gather in Philadelphia June 28-July 1st. ISTE 2015 is five days packed with over 900 educational sessions, workshops and events covering topics like iPad tools, professional networking, Google apps, edtech leadership and more.
About 15,000 educators are expected to attend this year. Many of them will be traveling to the show with their colleagues, which provides a great opportunity to learn together as a team. ISTE recently posted an article with tips on how to make the most of your conference experience while traveling in as a team.
Know Your Goal: With a clear goal in mind, you can make sure each member of your team gets exactly what he or she needs out of the conference. Whether your objective is to embark on a major technology initiative, find new tools to support your existing program or simply bring home as much learning as you can, you’ll get more out of the conference if you work as a team toward a common goal.
Play to your strengths. Choose which sessions each person will attend based on his or her knowledge and skill level. Attendees with prior knowledge or interest in a topic will typically get the most out of a session, and they can bring the most useful information back to the group.
Take advantage of collaborative spaces. ISTE 2015 will be peppered with lounges and other informal learning spaces where you can circle up with your team, debrief and plan for the following day. Tap into the creative energy onsite and start brainstorming ideas based on what you’ve learned so far!