ISTE2016: Great days in Denver

Doll I made in e-textiles workshop
Doll I made using conductive thread, LED light, and fabric scraps in e-textiles workshop

I was one of over 14,000 lucky teachers, makers, and other educators who descended on Denver for the International Society for Technology in Education’s annual conference at the end of June. Renowned futurist Michio Kaku‘s opening keynote got us all thinking about the future, and what’s in store as technology evolves in realms as diverse as medicine, education, and space exploration. Among my favorite hands-on sessions was an e-textiles workshop. I hope to bring e-textiles into Concord Hill’s maker curriculum. Robotics and programming demonstrations provided additional opportunities for me to try various coding and fabrication methods. Virtual reality offerings, including the Nearpod “virtual field trips” were plentiful; the apps and devices combine to produce stunning learning experiences that take students beyond the school campus. At the annual Librarians’ Network breakfast meeting, we learned more about the FutureReady program and how librarians are critical to its success. Additionally, keynote speakers Brad Waid and Drew Minock captivated their audience as they described the global impact of social media, and the leadership role librarians should embrace in preparing students for the future. Waid and Minock are known for their,”Two Guys Show” podcast.  My days in Denver were not only about learning; connecting and re-connecting with friends, other makers, and librarians was so much fun — as was attending a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field!

Inspiring words from the Librarians' Breakfast
Inspiring words from the Librarians’ Breakfast

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