I’m not sure how one begins to process the last several days that was ISTE 2011. The networking, connecting, conversing, and learning. It was all in abundance. Prior acquaintances, lots of new ones, and we even were able to squeeze in a little bit of fun I’d say. I was asked more than once what was my number one takeaway from the conference. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to manage that. Can anyone? I’m sure some can but seems awfully hard for me. I want to culminate it all into being better at what I do for teachers and students which is to provide ideas, resources, and most of all ongoing support to make educational technology as seamless as possible. Like Chris Lehmann always says it should be ubiquitous, like oxygen. Like Bill Ferriter says, make it about the verbs, not the tools. As I always like to say, let’s get students creating more than they’re consuming.
This brings my thoughts to you. Each of you. Coming together each year to plan, prepare, and attend this great event. Some of you are veterans, some of you are newbies, some will be an attendee, and some will present their socks off. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or your fifth time, if you present or not. You didn’t even have to be there in person. The #ISTE11 hashtag was evident of that.
But none of that matters. What matters is you. We all matter. Everyone, no matter their role in this conference, matters. I sent this tweet out a couple days ago:
I hope each of you discovered that you have a voice for change. Whether it be through your blog, your tweets, or just in your own school. When it comes to changing education for the better (technology or not) we all have a voice and I encourage you to find it and cultivate it.