This time last year, I was attending the ISTE conference in Denver, Colorado. But, unfortunately this year I am #NotatISTE.
Even though I am not there in person, I can attend parts of the conference virtually. Here are some of the ways to do that:
1. Twitter – you don’t need to be a member of Twitter to take part in the conversations there. A great place to get ideas for use in the classroom, tools to use on your blog and other educators to chat with around the world. You do need to be a Twitter member, though, if you want to include your opinion on any of the topics.
Follow hashtags on Twitter – #ISTE2017, #ISTE17, #NotatISTE2017, #NotatISTE17
2. #NotatISTE Google+ Community – this began a few years ago and now has thousands of teachers and educators around the world participating in this community. You have a chance to create your own avatar and include it on your own badge with ribbons. There is a Daily Challenge as well as a general challenge for the conference period.
3. ISTE unplugged live – sessions run by educators not attending ISTE and using the Blackboard Collaborate rooms for the presentations.
4. Periscope – follow educators as they video what is happening at ISTE. Check out #passthescopeedu and their weebly found here, Shelly Sanchez has part of the keynote here.
5. Follow Sue Waters who has created a great blog post about NotatISTE and how she makes the most of attending the conference virtually.
6. Flipboard – a way to curate lots of blog posts relating to ISTE
7. Livebinders – another way to curate resources from ISTE
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From my previous post, you will see reason 7 to blog is:
To give students a global and authentic audience
That is why I began blogging back in 2008 – I wanted my students to see there is a world beyond their small town. We began with a class blog, then each student had their own blog, all open to the world.
But the world was not coming to them; the only comments they got were from each other or from me their teacher and occasionally a parent.
How could I get a global, authentic audience to visit my students’ blogs?
Back in 2008, I didn’t have any contacts to other teachers around the world. The students didn’t have any relatives living in other countries.
Then I remembered Sue Waters, my mentor who had started me on my blogging journey. I contacted her and she sent out a tweet to her educator friends on Twitter. I had joined Twitter 6 months previously but had not used it because I couldn’t really see any value to it.
Soon I had 3 teachers wanting to link our classes and to leave comments on student blogs. Here was the authentic audience, here was a global audience.
- Mrs Smith – grade 6/7 in Canada
- Inez – grade 6 students in Portugal
- Mr Bogush – grade 7 in USA
But this would never have happened if I didn’t have that one person who had a connected personal learning network.
So how are you the teacher going to develop a network of other educators who can then help comment on your student blogs?
I will be writing another post on developing a PLN (personal learning network).