As I finish the conference, I am happy that I was able to collect all of my resources from #ISTE2016 in two central locations. I took notes in a Google Doc and uploaded my pictures to a Google Photos Album. The organization strategy seemed to help me put everything in one place, with the ability to link to external resources. I plan on using this strategy for future conferences.
While I learned a lot from the ISTE conference, there were some key takeaways I had based upon this conference experience.
Today, I was able to attend sessions focused on competency-based professional learning with the integration of micro-credentials. I was able to hear how a school district in Houston, Texas was able to roll-out meaningful and personalized professional development for their teachers. You can find the slides for the presentation here.
I was also able to attend a session on badges and their use with students in Aurora Public Schools. While there was a great deal of information in the session (you can find everything from the session here), but what really stuck with me was the way Aurora Public Schools trusted teachers to use their professional judgement when it came to awarding badges. I believe this level of trust should permeate more aspects of the teacher profession in order empower teachers to take ownership of their work and refine their craft.
The conference ended with a beautiful Keynote from Michelle Cordy, which highlighted her work with her amazing students. Nothing is more heartwarming than watching a teacher gush about her students. Her remarks elevated what teaching is truly all about - relationships with students that inspire lifelong learning.
How was your #ISTE2016 experience? What were your key takeaways? Please share them in the comments below!
Mattea Juengel is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools.