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ISTE 2015

This will be the fourth time that I have attended an ISTE conference. It is one of the biggest conferences for technology teachers and offers an amazing array of learning possibilities, professional development and networking opportunities. Each year the nature of my involvement has changed from being a passive participant attending many sessions and learning my way around this huge 15000  people plus conference, to being an active presenter and organiser. This year’s conference is to be held in Philadelphia, USA from June  Following are the sessions that I am  presenting at:

Other sessions that I am helping to organise:

  • Global PLN leadership meeting PLN networking lounge 3:30-4:30pm Tuesday 30th June
  • Communities Networking Fair Sunday, June 28, 3:00–5:00 pm
    PCC Broad Street Atrium

Other sessions that I would not miss:

Special Events


  • PLN Leaders Breakfast
    Monday, June 29, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    PCC 204C
  • VIF brunch at Philadelphia Ballroom North 10am – 12 noon

Skype in the Classroom – #ISTE2014 presentation

Last minute preparations

Last minute preparations

At the suggestion of Toni Oliveri-Barton, I submitted  a proposal to present on “Skype in the Classoom” for ISTE2014. It was accepted and special online friends and members of HLW Skypers and Global Classroom group offered to be part of the presentation. They were Toni Oliveri Barton,Theresa Allen, Louise Morgan and David Karsoncak. We asked Steve Sherman (Living Maths) from South Africa and Janet Barnstable, of USA, to be our special e-guests so that conference participants could experience the nature of skype and multi video participants Prior to the session

  • A skype group was formed initially for the face-to-face participants so that we could collaborate and chat 24/7. The chat remains and will be there for up to 12 months or more. Living on the other side of the world still meant that I could read the discussions in my waking hours. (See 7 tips for successful skype groups)
  • several skype videoconference calls were made to finalize the presentation
  • google presentation Skype in the Classroom was used for our collaborative session – add slides, comments, images
  • a google document Skype in the Classroom Resources and a collaborative live binder were setup to add resources. Conference participants and others were encouraged to help crowd source the google document.
  • decided on an iste skype hashtag #iste14skype See the twitter feed

collage Immediately prior to the session

  • @murcha @dkarnoscak @toniobarton @tdallen5 @mrsmorgansclass met in the bloggers cafe to finalize our presentation
  • labelled the slides with our initials
  • tested the connection 30 mins earlier from our allocated room. Brought in Steve and Janet via video
  • positioned a webcam on the audience so that Steve and Janet could see who they were talking too.
  • enlisted Sue Wyatt aka @tasteach to be our chief tweeter and administrator. Thanks Sue!
  • Preston Morgan to be our general liaison person, photographer etc

nearly ready The challenges

  • ensuring sufficient bandwidth for two simultaneous video linkups as the 1000s of conference attendees were using the internet often with 2 or 3l devices.
  • keeping the 5 presenters all keen to talk about their exciting work, to a time limit.
  • ensuring that both Janet and Steve could feel part of it by facing laptop webcam on the audience
  • ensuring we were ready to talk to our slides so that time was not wasted. Theresa setup her laptop with the presentation advanced one slide in front of the session laptop.
  • enabling Steve to demonstrate the more complex features of skype remotely from Sth Africa.
Participants start to arrive

Participants start to arrive

After the session

  • Louise Morgan created a storify listing the twitter conversations
  • Session and document links were uploaded to the ISTE site
  • Tweeted out the links to documents and presentation

Do you have ideas, resources etc to add to our crowd sourced document:- Skype in the Classroom Resources. Please add them. Were you at our session? If so, we would love some feedback.

What’s on the Menu? #ISTE13


What is on the menu for #ISTE13 for those interested in education? Following are some of the courses offered and some of the offerings I want to experience. There is almost something to taste 24/7.

Entrees or Starters

Saturday June 22nd: The annual favourite Hack Education, originally known as the EdubloggerCon is often a highlight on the social networkers’ calendar. This is an unconference on teaching and learning and is where I would be if my flight got in early enough. The alternatives include a range of workshops and learning sessions. Check out twitter #iste13 for many of the impromptu sessions.

Sunday June 23rd: Again a range of workshops are  being offered, learning station sessions and summits. Where will I be? I will be at the Global Education Summit – a summit led by Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray. The Opening Ignite Session is a great option. Ignite sessions offer the opportunity to listen to a number of speakers present on a chosen topic.


The keynotes are always a highlight and I am looking forward to Jane McGonigal on Epic Leadership: Beyond the Hype of Gamification and Adam Bellow as he has invited me to Change the World.  Another keynote session that I will attend is by John Spencer Education Rethink as part of the SIGMS breakfast  annual breakfast meeting. My planner is overflowing with a selection of concurrent sessions and learning station sessions. Some that are top of my list include a Birds of a Feather Session: Global Collaboration in the Flat Classroom which Sandy Wisneski and I are leading on Monday late afternoon, further IGNITE sessions, the Playgrounds – Digital Age Media Centre Learning, Mobile Learning, Interactive Videoconferencing, Digital Storytelling etc and much more.

The interactive videoconferencing playground 2012

The interactive videoconferencing playground 2012


Even when the formal sessions each day are finished, there are many opportunities for socializing, making for great desserts. Some that I will be attending include The Opening Social (last year many Mexican foods were up for tasting),  The Ed TechWomen at ISTE  dinner on Monday night and the EdTech Karaoke on Tuesday 25th. Following #iste13 on twitter will give you many options, both planned and unplanned.

Peggy George and Steve Hargadon near the Bloggers Cafe 2012

Peggy George and Steve Hargadon near the Bloggers Cafe 2012

The Sides

The places I enjoy returning to relax, in between the courses, are the Bloggers Cafe where there is the opportunity to relax, network with many and think about the next thing on the menu! The Social Butterfly Lounge is another great spot to network and coming from Australia, I shall be seeking our the International Educators lounge. Many of the Unplugged events  offer opportunities for networking on a more informal level.

Meeting Susie Nestico face to face at Bloggers Cafe 2012

Meeting Susie Nestico face to face at Bloggers Cafe 2012

The menu is such a comprehensive one that readers and participants will need to  check out the program for a full listing. Bon appetit!

Are you attending ISTE13? If so what do you suggest are the ‘not to be missed’ opportunities? Are you attending any of the sessions mentioned above?

Come see my daily journey to ISTE

Having decided to attend ISTE rather late in the piece, most of the cheaper accommodation was booked out. So, I stayed in the Little Italy Inn, a bed and breakfast in Little Italy, some 10-15 mins drive from the convention centre. This was a gorgeous, quaint area of San Diego. Here are some photos of my journey to ISTE each morning. Contrast that with my journey to school each day.

LIttle Italy a lovely part of San Diego

Breakfast complete, it is time to go to ISTE

Exiting the front door of the Litlle Italy Inn

Past the gardens

This reminded my of home – the tractor

Views to sea down the far end of street

Past my favourite Italian bakery and coffee shop

Past the older style houses

Nearly at hotel to catch shuttle bus

Tuesday 26th June at ISTE

By this time, I was getting more comfortable with the wide variety of sessions and options to be found at ISTE. Following is a summary of my day.

Evernote – a pre-booked session through event-brite  at one of the nearby hotels. This was a really interesting and practical session and included demonstrations by two teachers on classroom use.

Poster Session The Flat Classroom Projects I joined 5  Flat Classroom teachers in the great foyer. We were to take it in turns over the two hours to answer questions, but were so busy that we all stayed the full time. It was wonderful to meet face to face this network and be able to share the great learning that goes on in these projects.

“There’s an App for That! Finding Real Solutions with Today’s Apps” hosted by friend Gail Lovely. Australian teacher Chris Betcher was on the panel.

Ignite session This was a fast paced, action packed, inspiring session where speakers were allowed 20 images each showing for 15 seconds to share their topic “to ignite ours and expand horizons”.  @edusum  from Sydney Australia spoke about her students and how they had united to reduce bullying issues within their school using social media.

SIGMS Forum: Expanded Learning Opportunities – Using Social Media in the Library. This was a great session. The participants, mainly librarians were a jovial, animated group who showed passion for the use of web2.0 tools. Steve Hargadon provided the keynote and then a number of presenters shared tools that they like to use.

Networking It was with great delight that I met my great friend and mentor Peggy George on the Sunday of the conference. That night I was able to go out for dinner with her and also meet face to face Kim Caise who is another special online colleague. Peggy and Kim are c0-hosts of Classroom 2.0LIVE.

Monday continued….at ISTE

Following are brief summaries of further sessions attended on Monday 24th June.

Creating and Collecting Digital Work with Kevin Honeycutt and Tammy Worcestor Tammy and Kevin presented as an inspiring professional team, demonstrating apps that will provide urls or embed code.  These  can then be saved as links  in a google sheet in digital dropbox. From there they can be accessed anywhere for printing or further use in online spaces etc.

Google Treks with Dr Alice Christie
Innovative and effective use of google maps bringing subject matter to life, using pins that feature links, videos, audio, images, notes etc.
Birds of a Feather – Global Education with Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis taking the lead completed the day. This was an informal gathering of like minded people sharing global projects, networking and opportunities and needs. Participants came from a broad range of countries.
The day was complete when an evening meal was enjoyed with Flat Classroom Teachers in one of the restaurants in the Gaslamp area. There is something so special about meeting online colleagues face to face!

Monday at ISTE

Following are the summaries of sessions that I attended and experiences of the first full day of ISTE12, in beautiful San Diego, where the sun seems to always shine. The day commences at 8:30am or earlier and continues through to 7-8pm each night for those who wish to get the most out of their day. Opportunities then arise for networking and enjoying meals in downtown Gaslamp area.

Approximately 45 mins is allowed between sessions as the conference centre is possibly 1 mile long (note the US measurements) and sometimes folks have to walk from one side to the other.

First session- Teach your student game design in one week with Alexander Repenning. This was a bring your own device session, means that participants bring their own device and that these sessions need to be pre-booked and a resultant ticket handed in at the door for entry! If registered participants have not arrived at starting time, those in the queue are given entry.  This game is agentsheetsinc which is still in beta stage and is a commercial package. Prior to the session, all participants were contacted by the presenter, advised to download the software on trial and test that it loaded. I was impressed with the tutorial sheets that were sent us as well and with the backup and support after the session. As to the game, it is not overly expensive to purchase a license, is a similar to scratch in its ease of use, but allows advanced graphics for those who become skilled in its use, giving minecraft type visuals.

Session 2 Personal and Professional Growth using Web 2.0

Steve Hargadon is one of my heroes and favourite presenters. His caring, passionate and knowledgeable approach, always seeking interaction from the audience is always powerful learning. Here is  a summary of Steve’s key points.

  1. Build your own personal network
  2. Develop a personal web presence
  3. Develop your own online habtitudes (Angela Meiers)
  4. Become part of the conversations
  5. Build, curate or participate in a passion project
  6. Elevate your voice or career
  7. Speak or present at  a conference or online.

Further sessions to be continued as sleep now calls!