■ Making Room For The Maker Movement:
Whether through looking at the program,
strolling through the vendor area, creating
in the Makers Playground, or attending an
EdtekTalk, it was evident this new movement
is making its way into the classroom.
Educators were engaged with numerous
techniques to bring STEM, design thinking,
and innovation back to their students.
■ Networking, Sharing, and Collaborating
With Record Numbers of Educators:
Excitement and enthusiasm were
everywhere as educators showed up in
Atlanta in record numbers. More than
16,000 registrants enjoyed the conference
and even more educators joined the
conference virtually through ISTE Live.
More than 496,000 tweets were tweeted
with the #ISTE hashtag.
■ Playing in the Makers Playground:
Anyone wanting to find some fun in the
Makers Playground was certainly not
disappointed. The wide range of activities
in the Makers Playground included Digital
Age Library, Digital Story Telling, Math
and Science: STEM, Creativity, Digital Age
Teaching and Learning, Mobile Learning,
Edtech Coaching, Google, Communication,
Virtual Environments, Interactive Video
Conference, and Makers and Agile Learning
Environment. There certainly was not a
shortage of places to play!
■ Joining New Professional Learning
Networks: Visiting the Professional
Learning Network (PLN) Open House was
a special treat for those wanting to expand
their own networks. These new Networks
(formerly the SIGS) were engaging, and
invited educators to join their communities
and get involved. Volunteering with a PLN
is a great way to become involved with the
■ Exploring the Incredible Exhibit
Hall: Educators enjoyed viewing some of
the newest innovations, learning at some
engaging vendor sessions, and having the
chance to win some amazing classroom
resources. One could not walk out without
some incredible new ideas.