This was one of those years at
ISTE (I have finally stopped calling it NECC)
where the most interesting tech was in the
hands of attendees, not in the exhibition booths.
Don’t get me wrong; there was plenty of cool
stuff on display. For one, my new personal
favorite hardware types are the monster IWBs
such as BenQ’s new 4x12-foot IWB and the new eBeam InfoWall.
But the real action was watching the twittering, live blogging
hordes banging away with their tablets and smartphones as
they roamed the halls and participated in sessions. I would dare
you to find a single attendee not walking around with some
sort of digital device. High-resolution displays blasted further
knowledge from the blogger lounges. The edtech hive mind was
in full effect.
It’s only a matter of time that these same devices being used in
the halls of ISTE will be in every classroom. The tools are here.
Now it’s time to apply them. The next steps: transform curriculum
to work with these devices; let teachers experiment with these
tools and enable them to drive curriculum and lesson plans; and,
finally, enable the students to participate in the process.
Managing editor Christine Weiser has compiled a comprehensive
mix of news and opinions for this year’s ISTE roundup, which
starts on page 19. Plus we found some time to have a little fun
as you can see on pages 30-31 with our Philly Fete 2011, which
was sponsored by learning.com. What are your thoughts or
experiences from ISTE in Philly? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.