My Picks for ISTE

I have spent the last week or so reviewing all the great options available at next week’s ISTE 2012 Conference. This will be my first time at, what I have been told, the largest gathering of educational technology minds in the world. There is so much to see, hear, and do at ISTE that I have barely planned one full day! Below are my picks for some social events and concurrent sessions which I plan to attend. If you have other suggestions for sessions, or tips for an ISTE first timer, feel free to email me at or send a tweet (@zachgalin).

SocialEdCon After-Party
Saturday, 7-9PM, Marriot Marquis & Marina

After a full day at ISTE Unplugged’s SocialEdCon, join StudyBlue and StartUp Weekend for an extra special after-party. The first hour will be an “app-sharathon,” where people can share their favorite handheld device apps, and mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drinks from the sponsors. The second hour of the event is a special Startup Weekend Education “pitchfire” activity, where educators and others get 60 seconds at the microphone to make a passionate appeal for a product or service they would like to propose. Altogether, the after-party is going to be an amazing pre-conference experience and I can’t wait to meet everyone who will be attending!

Teach Students the Way They Learn: Instructional Strategies Plugged and Unplugged
with Lori Elliott, Staff Development for Educators
Monday 2:30-3:30PM, SDCC 7B
Bring social media from the real world into the classroom, even if you have limited to no technology to use. Engage students by teaching them the way they learn.

EduTecher’s Web Tools Will Make Your Classroom Rock!
with Adam Bellow, EduTecher
Tuesday 10:30-11:30AM, SDCC Ballroom 20CD
Learn about some of the most incredible free web tools out there. Also, you can find out how to upgrade your curriculum for your school or students.

How Immersion in Mobile-Enabled Augmented Realities Helps Students Learn
with Chris Dede, Harvard University 
Tuesday 12:15-1:15PM, SDCC 7B
Mobile devices can overlay data and simulated experience on real-world settings. The event will describe lessons learned from “augmenting” reality to help students learn ecosystems science.

CITW: Apps that Work
with Elizabeth Hubbell, McREL
Wednesday 8:30-9:30AM
At “CITW: Apps that Work,” see how research-based instructional strategies can inform the selection and use of iPad apps in the classroom.

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