Wrap It Up
1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Another ISTE (don’t call it NECC)
is in the books, which means it’s time for my
annual assessment of edtech’s largest industry
get-together and its effect (or lack thereof) on
America’s schools. As usual, there were plenty
of new announcements (if not new technology),
lots of parties around Denver—always a good
thing, IMHO—including our very own 30th-anniversary bash, and
an abundance of swag. By my count, I gained no less than 20
gigabytes of USB flash-drive memory.
At the continued risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I do have one
bone of contention: not enough students in attendance. For an industry
that is supposed to be all “about the kids,” there was an absolute
dearth of them. I did have the opportunity to meet some extremely
talented 3D animators from suburban Denver’s Smoky Hill High School
at a luncheon event sponsored by HP. Check out their work here: www.digital-evolutions.org/. And I’m sure there were other student showcases
somewhere, but they were certainly not front and center. Vendors, take
a hint from your colleagues who exhibit at BETT, the UK’s largest edtech
event: Have students give the demos!
I’ll leave the more substantive analysis to our T&L advisers, who seemed
to be everywhere at the show—giving lectures, attending tweet-ups, and
engaging their fellow educators, by far the most valuable thing about
this show. Also be sure to go online to techlearning.com’s video vault
and follow managing editor Christine Weiser as she reports from the
show floor (www.techlearning.com/article/30870). See everyone next
year in Philly!
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