Sunday, July 5, 2015

ISTE A great Impression!

My mind is still at ISTE while still recovering and catching up from an exciting and exhausting five days of reflecting, learning and connecting. It was very organized with an online schedule, an app and a booklet of program and expos guide.

Philidelphia is a beautiful city surrounded by history and friendly people. Thanks To Shauna Pollock @misspollock who booked a small place near the waterfront that allowed us walking to and from the conference centre through the beautiful historical independence parks. It was great to be a roommate with Shauna and have early morning and late nights discussions about innovation and learning.  Shauna is also an inspiration and passionate educator who is innovative and creative. She is passionate about students' thinking and she shared her passion at an Ignite session about Imagineering of  imagination and engineering of Walt Disney. Can't wait until you have your own Imagineering Dream School!

Saturday was a great way to start the conference with Hack Education like Edcamp conference. Before the other fifteen thousand educators arrived it was a day to connect with teachers and learners from around the world with small group chats. I followed my passion on coding, programming, 3D printing gamification of learning and designing learning. 2015 HackEd Schedule

I began publishing videos of everyday images. Video one includes arriving at registration and HacK Education. No music on the videos!

As Sunday arrived it was the lens of many powerful educators who are all on the journey of learning, visioning and sharing.

Sunday was also the day that myself and my colleague Karen McEvoy @kmcevoy50  who is a consultant for Learning Connections and New Pedagogies For Deep Learning presented our poster session. It was a very busy session,  Karen sharing the capacity building at the board level and I shared the classroom learning environment and the partnership of learning. Karen has developed planning quadrants for the inquiry cycle as well as digital tools and resources accelerating and deepening learning skills. Karen's focus is always on building teachers capacity with students' voices. 

A link of our presentation is found on the ISTE site. 

This blog is not about the retell of the scheduled day by day sessions at ISTE. It is about the powerful learning and connections that I made with people from around the world.  All sessions were amazing and so many to choose from. I mostly enjoyed the playgrounds and the poster sessions as well as panels. It was a way to have conversations, share evidence and interact with the evidence, ask many questions, take pictures and videos, no time limit with the learning. My favorite panel was the Connected Educator Panel. Not only it was a starstruck moment with famous educators, it was set that all authors shared with teams of attendees,  It was more of conversations about passionate topics.

This video highlights the panel and more playgrounds.

Going to ISTE confirmed my confidence in continuing to explore and learn with my students to take more leadership with my own voice and learning experiences as I focus on my learning environment and my partnership with my students, my colleagues locally and globally. I sure will not be just watching, I will be sharing with educators without worrying about judgments of ideas and thinking. I will allow myself to truly connect and build a tribe of learning. At ISTE it was very magical to be part of a great community of educators and what is important is to continue discovering creativity. As educators we should always say: I can learn ..., I can do... and I will be...  What will drive your passion to the I can's...?

Colleagues at ISTE

More videos if you have time to watch, 


  1. Awesome! A couple of teachers from my school went to ISTE this year. I can't wait to hear about the learning they will bring back to share with us.

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment Elisa. Hopefully your teachers will share their learning from such a huge conference.

  3. Rola..what a neat experience that you all got to share your learning. Well done showcasing :-)

  4. Thanks Maria, it truly was an amazing learning experience.