Holidays and ISTE2014

As many of you may have realised, I have been on holidays over the last three weeks. I have been touring Ireland doing some family history research on my great great grandmother who came out to Tasmania as a convict. But I have also been a tourist with Davo, the Tasmanian Devil soft toy who has his own blog.

istelogoBut the next week of my holiday is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It is the 2014 ISTE conference – International Society for Technology in Education.  This will be the 3rd conference I have attended and at each I have presented a poster session about the student blogging challenge which I began in 2008 and run every March and September for 10 weeks.

With about 15000 people attending, there are many sessions to take part in as well as many exhibits to look at. I will be attending a lot of blogging sessions. Sue Waters from Edublogs, who wont be at ISTE, has put together a Google document with information from the various sessions I will be attending and I will be adding to her document as will other keen bloggers. Here is a link if you want to check out some of the fabulous resources from other teachers blogging around the world.

The conference has its own twitter hashtag. You don’t need to be a member of Twitter to follow the hashtag – just google search for #ISTE2014 and check out the links people will be adding with images as well as documents, blogs etc they have found interesting.

I have started learning how to scan and save QR codes, so hopefully many sessions will include these to make it easier for the participants to find information. Of course I will be visiting the big expo and putting in my raffle tickets to try and win prizes and to collect any freebies going. I will also be writing a post every couple of days and putting it on both this blog and our new one for all our blogs next year. So by the end of June, and the ISTE conference, I think I will have earned my relaxing holiday in Ireland.

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