Jun 01 2017

ISTE 2017: Check Out These Details Before You Head to the Show

Whether you’re heading to the conference or just following along online, we’ve got a rundown of what you should expect.

Touted as the biggest education technology event of the year, the ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo will bring educators from around the country together to explore the intersections of cutting-edge technology and K–12 education.

Attendees are in for four days of workshops, demonstrations and an expo hall with more than 5,000 industry experts ready to answer questions.

Keep an eye out for Department of Education alum and newly minted ISTE CEO Richard Culatta!

The conference’s keynote sessions will kick off on Sunday night with Jad Abumrad, the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program that airs across the United States. Radiolab blends music, interviews and sound effects together to create documentaries of intimidating topics.

Jennie Magiera, the chief innovation officer at Des Plaines Public Schools, will deliver a keynote on Tuesday morning to discuss how schools are using technology to create better learning opportunities for students, as well as how to work through the challenges that schools face. Her keynote session will also touch on how changing up professional learning can help facilitate this.

Closing out the conference will be a Wednesday afternoon keynote session with Reshma Saujani, the CEO of Girls Who Code. She’ll touch on the gender gap in technology and how Girls Who Code’s summer programs work to combat this.

New at the show this year will be a forum where educators will be able to shape the refresh of ISTE Standards for Administrators and help brainstorm future standards.

Also, new this year are sessions led by educators who are exemplary at implementing ISTE’s latest set of standards.

ISTE also indicates that show attendees should check out the “playground” sessions, which let participants experiment with STEAM, makerspaces, virtual reality and other technologies.

The EdTech team will provide live coverage of the event, so stay tuned for posts and videos. Follow all our ISTE 2017 posts on our conference landing page.

Also, check out the hashtag #ISTE17 for tweets from the event floor.


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