I know, I know you really wanted this to come yesterday, but when I guy has several social functions in the evening it becomes very difficult. Guess what guys, you were at Ed Tech Karoke to. I was not going to write this when I got home. It was 1am. Remember I am from Atlanta. I got to sleep in my own bed. Well no excuses though, and here goes on the EVERYTHING is AWESOME, Everything that Sucked, and the somewhere in between. I will Try to put together some coherent thoughts, but lack of sleep may get in the way. Here Goes.
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!!
1. Christine DiPaulo is my HERO- I dont look like an ed tech geek, but I AM! I did not know Ms DiPaulo at all, but I went to a session where she and others did for GOOGLE GLASS. They then went out in the audience and let people try it. I completly GEEKED out! As soon as she went into the audience, I made a beeline for the first guy she stopped at. SHE THEN LET ME TRY THEM!!!!i I am so thankful for that. MY ISTE DREAM WAS REALIZED! Now anybody got $1500
2. Connections, Connections- When I first came to ISTE in 11, I was just a young bright eye ed tech guy. I had just gotten on Twitter, and just got my Ed Tech masters. I unfortunatley did not make the connections. This time around it has been all about the connections. I went out found the people with the apps that I love like Touchcast. I made a connection that will last. I have also made some great friends from across the US that will last. If you are the type that hides in your hotel room at night, you miss so MUCH. Go out at night at ISTE. Find the places where people are. If you find the right place, you might not even have to spend money....Thanks, We Video!
3. Ron Clark- If you have read my previous post, you know I am not a big fan of the BIG BOYS in the middle of the exhibit hall. Again there are exceptions (Google and Edmodo come to mind). Guess what, Promethian sucked me in. I was invited to a breakfast yesterday put on by Promethian, and the wonderful Ron Clark was there with his students. HE WAS AMAZING! If you have never heard of him, he runs an absolutley AMAZING school here in Atlanta. He showed off Class Flow form Promethian, and he is so great I bought in. I will use this with my teachers. He might be in the exhibit hall again, so make sure you try to see if he is there. Lets be honest to, he is at Promethian to benefit his school. They support his mission in all kinds of ways. Alright Promethian........RESPECT
Man that SUCKED!
1. Where are the Sessions??? Sorry Ashley Judd's keynote Judded me- This is nothing against the keynoter from yesterday. I am sure he was wonderful. I heard nothing but good things.....but I soured on the keynotes thanks to Ms. Judd. I also think ISTE should gives us the choice. I am sure they deny a TON of GREAT presentations. Why could those not be yesterday morning?
2. The Drawings in the Exhibit Hall- :( These are defintley not bad, I just wish less people would enter. I WANT SOME PRIZES!!!
3. Lack of SLEEP- Your tired, I am tired, we are all tired!
4. Sorry @ISTE2014line you still stink- Really, Really.....there really was a line to get into the Tabernacle. Guys, its a BIG PLACE
Somewhere in Between
1. LA USD- There was a lack of things I was interested in yesterday, so I wanted to hear it straight from the horses mouth. I admire their bravery, but hate the method. LET TEACHERS APPLY AND PICK THE TECH. It would make it more cost efficent, put the tech in the hands that will change the world, and bring up the others when they see the great things that are being done.
The New Tools Shoutout
1. Google Glass- I obviously knew what this was before hand, but I want to thank the panel for opening up what the future possibilities may be with it
2. Tackk- I had never heard of this program, but I love what I saw. Very similar to Smore it lets you create basic interactive flyers online. They are on the exhibit florr if you have not seen them
Things I am Looking Forward to Today!
1. Seeing New Friends for the Last Time-little bit of a sad face though
2. Tammys Top 20- I am a Kevin Honeycutt fan, so seing anyone from Essdack is a huge plus
3. The Superstar Tool Panel- Bellow, Klien, Pace alll on one panel talking about TOOLS- COUNT ME IN! Sadly, I will miss Leslie Fishers gadget session though. I will have to catch it at GAETC in