I presented in the Tackk booth twice on the expo floor and presented at 15 minute session on examples of learning from my classroom this year. Because I have transitioned back into the classroom, my focus at ISTE is more classroom based than district level technology implementation and coaching. However, I see myself as an informal tech coach where I am. And the more tech I use and share with my colleagues, the more tech and sharing they will do as well. Learning is always about sharing what we know, what we don't know, and what we hope to learn.
I always learn something new at ISTE. Here are some of my highlights from this year's conference.
1. I want to make timely feedback a priority in my classroom next year.
Tools like Formative, Plickers, Kaizena, Tackk, and Kahoot offer instantaneous feedback to tailor learning specifically to the needs of students. I want to use these tools to my advantage next year in my classroom. I'm planning on using Formative for lower and upper level French classes, especially with writing. I want to use Kaizena with my AP French students to create quicker feedback for speaking and writing portions of text. My classes already love Kahoot, but I want to focus on word to text in the target language rather than using English as much.
2. I want to encourage someone to go to ISTE for the first time next year.
I am beginning my seventh year of teaching and just attended my third ISTE conference. ISTE provides a place to connect with like-minded educators who encourage meaningful conversations. I officially went to one formal session at ISTE - TeachMeet ISTE (similar to an edcamp but pre-planned). I heard so many ideas in a short amount of time that I needed time to process how each concept could be implemented in the classroom. ISTE gives me ideas. ISTE keeps me fresh. ISTE connects me with old friends and new connections each year. ISTE is an event I want to bring someone to from my school next year.
3. I want to be more visibly connected in my classroom and in my school.
I love being a connected educator. I was able to meet some foreign language teachers I already followed on twitter and also connected with new foreign language teachers! I was able to meet people behind some of the best ways my students learn in class - Kahoot, Tackk, and Kaizena. My students know I use twitter. I want other teachers in my building to use twitter. I want to help others get connected as teachers on twitter, especially friends in the Southeast.
I am thankful to continue to process what I have learned at ISTE and how these ideas will be implemented in my classroom next year.