SAN DIEGO — It’s a big weekend in the edutech world! This Sunday, June 24 marks the first day of the ISTE Conference, the largest expo and conference about education technology in the world. ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, is holding this year’s conference at the San Diego Convention Center from June 24-27. ISTE has held their annual conference for the past 33 years, and it’s become an opportunity for educators to network, listen to great speakers, and learn about the latest trends and products at the exposition trade show.
Sunday’s keynote speakers include author Mark Prensky, who has written two books about digital natives; Vice President of Qualcomm Shawn Covell, who has been influential in Qualcomm’s strategy to support education through mobile and handheld technologies; actress Mayim Bialik of TV’s Big Bang Theory, who also has a PhD in neuroscience and is a physics and chemistry teacher; and finally Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned creativity and innovation expert.
The conference has a long list of workshops and panels for educators to attend, as well as over 300 model lessons and 400 information and interactive learning activities for teachers. Participants fly in from all over the world for the ISTE conference — this year there will be over 1,000 international attendees.
The exposition is an opportunity not only for edutech companies to showcase their newest products, but also for teachers to test these products and find out from other educators which are the most effective.
North County Times ran an article about the conference and quoted Bill Simpson, San Marcos Unified School District’s Director of Technology: “It’s an opportunity to talk to other educators about what’s working and what’s not working,” he said. “You get to network with other people and say, ‘I’ve tried this and it worked really well,’ or ‘I’ve tried this and it failed miserably. Can anybody help me?’”