Friday, July 3, 2015

The Power of #ISTE2015 is Connecting with Others

Enjoying lunch at The Fieldhouse with friends!

I am fortunate to attend several conferences throughout the year,  but few compare to ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). It does not matter if it is your first time, or if you are an annual attendee, the ISTE Conference can be overwhelming! The majority of the 21,000 attendees spend the bulk of the time in sessions, workshops or exploring the massive expo floor. I try to do the complete opposite. 
Each year I attend the ISTE Conference with the same goal: 

Connect with as many amazing educators as possible. 

I do not attend one session or workshop and here is why. I believe  connecting and building relationships with educators from around the World, is more valuable than attending sessions. Connecting with people allows you to learn from them year round, instead of 60 minutes on one topic. 

I think each educator should spend their time the way that will benefit them and their students. I have found this is the best approach for me. What approach or philosophy do you have when attending a conference? Do you approach ISTE differently?