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ISTE 2015 - Philly is Here!

We hope to see you at the ISTE conference this year in Philly.

The biggest news is that we will have our annual HSTE/ASTE Meet and Greet event on Tuesday evening, June 30th in Philly.  Click here to see a flyer about the event and to RSVP.  See you in Philly!

Below you will find everything to help you with your adventures in Philly:
  1. Sessions from Hawaii Presenters
  2. ISTE Playgrounds Suggestions
  3. Additional Opportunities
  4. Advice for those attending their first ISTE

Thank you to JoAnn Jacobs, our newest HSTE Board Member, for researching all this information!

Sessions from Hawaii Presenters
(If we missed any, just email us and we will add it.)

Build a Learning Community with Minecraft
Monday, June 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Listen and Learn: Lecture
Shane Asselstine

Blogging Is Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum for Developing Writers
Susan Davis
Wednesday, July 1, 8:00–10:00 am
PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 7
Grades 6-12
Presentation Website:
http://bloggingiswriting.wikispaces.com/

Effective PD for a Changing Culture
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00–6:00 pm
Participate and Share: Poster
Jacqueline Okumura, Michael Fricano II, Patti Anne Nagami

Ed Tech Coaches: Meet the Magicians
Monday, June 29, 5:30–6:45 pm
Engage and Connect: Birds-of-a-feather
Lynne Horiuchi, Melissa Henning, Ruth Okoye, Vivian Poutakoglou

Ed Tech Coaches Playground: Cast a Spell for Learning!
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground
Lynne Horiuchi, Melissa Henning, Ruth Okoye

Coaching for Education Transformation
Wednesday, July 1, 10:15–11:15 am
Listen and Learn: Panel
Kim McMonagle, Les Foltos, Lorie Kaplan, Lynne Horiuchi, Mary Knight

Youth Sharing Their Inspiration Globally: Bring TEDxYouthDay to Your School
Sunday, June 28, 7:00–8:30 pm
Participate and Share: Poster
Jill Brown, Lawrence Kahn

Independent School Educator Network Annual Meeting
Monday, June 29, 5:30–6:45 pm
Engage and Connect: Birds-of-a-feather
Jack Hardcastle, Jill Brown, Lawrence Kahn, Vinnie Vrotny

Snapshot 2 of 2: Teaching Coding and Computational Thinking in First Grade
Tuesday, June 30, 12:30–1:30 pm
Listen and Learn: Snapshot
Jake Lee

Teaching Coding and Computational Thinking in First Grade
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00–6:00 pm
Participate and Share: Poster
Jake Lee

Kamehameha Genius Bar: Student Activities With Event Apps
Monday, June 29, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Participate and Share: Poster
A. Kealii Akina, Iwalani Haia, Jayden Wagner-Mason, Kristi Martines, Luke Taniguchi, Moananui Peleiholani-Blankenfeld

ISTE Playgrounds

Digital StoryTelling Playground: Explore Wonderment with Digital Creativity!
Monday, June 29, 8:00–11:30 am
Explore and Create: Playground

Digital Age Library Playground: Discover Innovative Technologies
Monday, June 29, 8:00–11:30 am
Explore and Create: Playground

Creativity Playground: Come Play with Us!
Monday, June 29, 12:30–4:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Teacher Educators Playground: Personalized Learning Technology Joins Informal Learning
Monday, June 29, 12:30–4:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Computing Teachers Playground: Changing the Face of CS Education
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Mobile Learning Playground: Block Party at the Makerspace
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Games and Virtual Environments Playgrounds: Learn with the Expert Networks!
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00–5:30 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Inclusive Learning Playground: Engaged Learning Through the Arts
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00–5:30 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Google for Education Playground: Demo Slams and Exploration Stations
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00–5:30 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Interactive Videoconferencing Playground: Connect with Pirates
Wednesday, July 1, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

iPlayground: Featuring iTunes U, iBooks Author and Apps
Wednesday, July 1, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

Maker Playground
Wednesday, July 1, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Explore and Create: Playground

I would not miss Poster Sessions, Ignites, 2 By 2’s, or Birds of a Feather groups. Your catalog is a wealth of information make use of it. Also come by the Welcome Lounge, people there can answer your questions and want to help you.

Additional Opportunities

Maker Day
A new addition to the ISTE unplugged events, Maker Day will be the Friday before ISTE. Come and play! More information on their Facebook page

#Satchat
Saturday, June 27, 7:30–9:00 am
PCC Ballroom A
Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, Scott Rocco

Hack Education
Saturday, June 27, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
PCC 113BC

Mobile MEGAshare
Saturday, June 27, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PCC Ballroom A

Communities Networking Fair
Sunday, June 28th between 3pm and 5pm
Broad Street Atrium.

CoffeeEDU Sunday through Wednesday 6-7am at the Market Street Starbucks
Come join Alice Keeler and a number of educators to discuss issues and connect.

Leading the charge for education transformation is no small task and often presents unique challenges. Solving them requires engaging all stakeholders in the conversation to meet the ever-changing needs of students.

  • How do you identify the approaches that will work best?
  • How do you build a team and infrastructure to support change?
  • How do you successfully engage and motivate your staff?
  • What do learning environments look like when distributive leadership is practiced?

Discover answers to these crucial questions and more at Lead & Transform:  An ISTE Town Hall Meeting


Finally, take the Philly Cheesesteak Challenge and find out which restaurant truly makes the best sandwich -
click here for a link to some of the top ones.


From one of our past sponsors

Join MyOn on June 30th for our 2nd Annual Voices of Literacy Event - Reading into the future! Please RSVP - Limited seats are available! Meet with the myON team, along with other educators and experts from across the country to learn how myON is being implemented in a variety of schools, districts and communities! Hear from our panel of distinguished and visionary leaders who are part of the President's Future Ready Schools Initiative. They will share how they are integrating technology into their districts and leveraging myON to foster student achievement.  Note: Drawing for Apple Watch! EVERYONE gets cool T-shirts! Free Appetizers & drinks for all!  

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm EST (Panel 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST)
Location: Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Philly

Join MyOn for their poster session at Booth #1636
Continue the conversation about digital literacy education. Please visit myON at booth #1636to learn more about personalizing literacy for all students and to learn more about our close reading digital literacy tools. 


Helpful Hints

The Ultimate Guide to ISTE
https://www.youtube.com/embed/FNUrO7e4aIQ


Here are a few of my favorite tips for "newbies" and reminders for others (from Mike Travis):
  • Wear comfortable shoes - You will do a lot of walking from sessions to your room and through the exhibit hall.
  • Bring a jacket - It might be 90 degrees outside, but you know that they will keep the temperatures just above freezing in those conference rooms!
  • Bring a backpack or a comfortable bag to carry - if you are headed to the exhibit hall, you will get a ton of free stuff.  You will need a way to carry all of it around.  Those plastic bags they give you for free won't last long.  On an additional note, make sure to have plenty of room in your suitcase to bring back all the free stuff and possibly the prizes you might win!
  • Understanding the Exhibit Hall - the exhibit hall is massive with over 500 companies!  It is probably the biggest one you have ever seen or will see.  There are two story structures for some of the vendors (use these as reference points).  Instead of roaming the rows, plan out the vendors you need to see and create a map for yourself.  Remember that many of the vendors will have their own sessions that aren't listed on the program.  Sometimes, these can be the best sessions, and usually you will get something for free for attending.
  • Look for the Treat-ups!  I shouldn't tell you about this, but each day in the newsletter they will list locations where free cookies and snacks will be available.  Sometimes these go really quick (there are over 18,000 people at this event!), so know where they are if you have a sweet tooth!  You will need a "pick me up" in the afternoon.
  • Bring snacks! - You may not have time for lunch and, if you do, the prices in the convention center will be very high.  I usually come prepared with lots of snacks and my Coca-Cola to keep me going.  Remember to stay hydrated by filling up at the water coolers they usually have in each hallway!  For the Philly event, Reading Terminal is just around the corner and there are tons of choices for food in there both for lunch and dinner.
  • Have a back up session that is close by - Sessions will fill up fast, especially the good ones.  If there is a session you really want, get there early, even if this means leaving another session before it is over.  Make sure to have a few backup sessions just in case. Don't worry, because most speakers will be willing to give you information after the session if you couldn't make it.
  • Look for opportunities to meet and connect - One of the best things about going to ISTE is the diversity of people, roles and hometowns.  Don't be afraid to attend the before/after conference events to "meet and greet".  Bonus - many of these sponsored events offer free food and a chance to win cool prizes!  On a side note, check this flyer for HSTE's own "Meet and Greet" on Tuesday, June 30th at 5PM, please attend if you can.
Even if you are unable to attend, there is a lot you can still do!  

Check out ISTE Live, our virtual ISTE 2015 event. You’ll get live streaming of:

All three keynotes
More than 18 hours of top-quality professional learning
Peer moderated chat discussions
Exclusive post-session presenter Q&A interviews
Daily choose your own peer networking sessions
Recorded archives of all ISTE Live 2015 sessions for six months
More than 25 additional video-on-demand sessions for six months, which offers three days of content and interactive features, Q&As with presenters and Google Hangouts with peers.

Learn more about ISTE Live and sign up today.


Or, for free activities, see below:

  • Follow the Twitter Feeds!  So many people will be posting information about the sessions they are attending, you will fee like you are there in person.  This is also a great way to build up your professional development communications by following people you see posting interesting posts.  Here are the main two hashtags.   #ISTE    #ISTE2015

  • Check the ISTE Conference site.  Some events may be streamed live and you can sign up to see some events here.

Thank you for being a member of HSTE!   Remember to tweet your ideas, advice, and ISTE experiences with our hashtag - #HSTE.

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