ISTE’s On The Horizon…

Speaking ISTEAs I prepare to travel to Philadelphia, PA for my first ever ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) conference, I can’t help but think about how I got to this place in my career.

As a new teacher, I had no idea what I was to teach let alone add technology into my classroom. After 15 years, I have become more confident with the standards (even though they change every few years in Ohio); therefore I feel much more comfortable with introducing technology.

I have found that if I’m not sure how a particular app or website works, my students have no problem exploring and trying it out for me. Of course, I sit right next to them so I can learn along side them. Isn’t this what teaching is all about…learning from each other?!

I cannot express in words how excited I am to travel to Philadelphia Sunday for the conference and meet some of the people who make up my PLN (Professional Learning Network). I have tweeted, chatted and even spoken to some of them through Voxer but have yet to see them face-to-face. I joked with my family that I would need to take their pictures so I could prove I wasn’t talking to invisible people.

I have the opportunity to present a Birds of a Feather session with Shauna Pollock @misspollock about the “Weird Educator”. We have a surprise in store for those who attend but you’ll have to wait and see.

I want to personally thank Donors Choose, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and all of the donors who gave financial gifts so I could attend this awesome conference. I will be tweeting over the three and a half in order to obtain college credit. I cannot wait to see what all the conference has to offer me and can’t wait to bring back necessary information for other teachers.