Everyone Can Go to ISTE!
ISTE has answered the question, “Are you going to ISTE?” The idea of ISTE 2014 Live as a way of attending ISTE without traveling is a long-awaited professional development concept. Looks like there’s a nice selection of live, as well as recorded presentations for a reasonable price.
Today, when it is either difficult to get away, or expense to travel to these events, streaming important education and education technology conferences at a reasonable cost is a way to increase the number of educators changing the way they teach. It is also a great way for these educators to get an idea of what’s available for teaching students with today’s tools, as well as get an idea of how to do it from educator experts in sharing. Districts and schools wanting to move the meter might get as many as 20 or more educators to an education technology event, in this way, for the price of sending just one. This is not to say that everyone should stay home, and not venture out to these gatherings. Sending a few representatives to follow events like ISTE live, at the event, and in front of fellow educators and administrators, with the thoughts of returning and reporting back, is essential as well.
The beauty of ISTE offering an ISTE Live 2014, so that anyone can attend the event, if not in person—at least Live Streamed—is a model for other events to follow. While most of use would like everything for free, that is impossibility, today, and most of us understand charging for online events. ISTE will be archived, too, and there will be plenty of immediate social sharing in texts, images, and video. Everyone, who has an online place will post something about ISTE and reflect. We can all participate—well—if we want to—that is. You still have to make the effort—and it is well worth that professional development effort.
“Oh, nothing beats going to an event.” Well, right, but affording that is not as easy for the majority. Again, districts could have many educators attend the online version or events, and work to send someone different to the actual event, each year, too. ISTE Live, and other streamed events can be the spark for the most exciting education technology gains—gathering new instructional technology teaching converts, excited to share and do things they hadn’t thought or seen before—in their classrooms, and with their own students.