“Our team has been working around the clock to design an event full of engagement with education innovators from around the world, focused on how to best use technology to support learning and close equity gaps,” says Richard Culatta, ISTE CEO. “Whether you are joining in person in New Orleans or online, ISTELive will be an interactive experience that will feel unlike any education event you’ve attended before.”
Featured Speakers Are National, Local and Ed Tech Celebrities
Featured ISTE speakers will include Cornel West, renowned author and professor at Union Theological Seminary; Kristina Ishmael, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology; Adam Juarez, technology integration coach and one of EdTech’s 2021 K–12 IT Influencers; Rachelle Dené Poth, a Spanish and STEAM teacher and a 2020 K–12 IT influencer; and Wanda Terral, technology director for Tennessee’s Lakeland School System.
The conference will also sprinkle in presentations from local artists and educators from Louisiana, including Spencer Kiper, instructional technologist for Caddo Parrish School District, and actor Tarzan Davis, a former elementary school teacher.
Consider Attending These ISTE Live 2022 Sessions
With hundreds of sessions to choose from, attendees can search for sessions by their roles or use one of ISTE’s topic-focused sample schedules. EdTech staff believes the following sessions are worth checking out:
- “Planning for the Unexpected: Learning Continuity within your Google Environment,” for school administration teams that want to prepare an efficient and effective learning continuity plan
- “12 Ways to Pivot Instruction After You Collect Formative Assessment Data,” where instructional integrationists can learn how to go beyond formative assessment data collection to explore how ed tech can support next steps for student success
- “Powerful Partnerships for EdTech Success,” for school administrators interested in learning about the key role that partners can play in helping their schools successfully scale in a rapidly changing educational environment
- “Building Inclusive Tech Plans for School and District Leaders,” for original research highlighting inclusive technology use, with attention to learning differences, linguistic diversity and financial resources
- “The Future is Here: Preparing Students for Tomorrow by Transforming Education Today,” where educators can hear from a panel of business and education experts about what the classroom of the future holds and what educators can do today to meet the needs of an ever-changing tomorrow
Esports and Emerging Tech Take Center Stage
There will be a huge esports presence at ISTE this year with more than a dozen sessions on the topic. At the “ISTE Immersive Esports Experience,” conference attendees can observe students playing games live and drop in on student and educator panels discussing why competitive gaming matters in K–12. They can also check out sessions on how to start a team; how to get started with the Microsoft Esports Teachers Academy; and how gaming empowers girls.
Finally, those passionate about ed tech tend to get excited about seeing the new products in the exhibition hall, but they also want to join the conversations on how emerging tech can impact learning today. Look for sessions on game-based learning, learning in the metaverse, introducing students to nonfungible tokens, and what web3 means for education.