Recently, I had the AMAZING opportunity of doing some graphic recording for the ISTE No Fear Coding Lab. This was such an amazing experience to not only connect with educators who understand the value of coding across the curriculum and are willing to develop themselves professionally to make sure that their students are learning important computational thinking skills. I had the awesome experience of working with Penny Krebiehl and Matt Orley for this conference to capture the keynote speakers and the themes of the breakout sessions. We worked together during the keynote sessions to create live graphic recordings of the content, and then broke up the themes that were covered throughout the remainder of the conference to produce graphic recordings that summed up those themes.
I love that some people were able to capture us in the design phase. As this was the first time for me doing this in a different way other than sitting in a chair or on the floor at a conference while someone was speaking, communication was key for us! For many of the keynote presentations, I often created sticky notes with thoughts and ideas and passed them on to Penny and Matt who started designing (with me being an educator it helped to filter the information and they could concentrate on the imagery and lettering). Then at the end I jumped in on the boards to help finish off recording any sticky notes and design.
For the themed breakout sessions, I attended sessions about Maker Education, Robotics, and Computer Science Across the Curriculum. I jumped in and out of the sessions trying to capture as much as I could about the themes so that I could translate the information into a recording (well, actually two - I did the Maker Education and Robotics by myself and split the CS Across the Curriculum with Penny). The great part about this was that there was a lot of room for personal creativity, but also a chance to work collaboratively with others to say, "Hey, I need some help!". By the end of the three days, Penny, Matt, and I had shared some long nights drawing and many laughs. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with them!
Over the course of 3 days, Penny, Matt, and I spent our days surrounded by paper, pens, pencils, markers and had dirty hands and tired feet at the end of the day. I think all those things are a testament to the work that goes into capturing the content for a conference - but I wouldn't trade it for anything!
On the final day of the conference, we did not do any graphic recording, but rather covered foam board with our recordings and set up a hallway display on easels. I think the true impact of all the learning that happened over the previous couple of days hit me at that time. I had spent the weekend meeting new people, learning new things, seeing really cool things in practice, and stepped outside my comfort zone to do something new and exciting. It is hard to put into words how I felt when I saw the hallway with all of our recordings displayed. What was even more powerful was watching others who attended and presenters view our work, talking to them about what they learned and shared and how it was represented. It was pretty hard to ignore how the power of imagery can enhance a learning experience. Simply powerful.
I know it is only about 5 months late, but hey, better late than never! I just wanted to share a little recap from my ISTE trip in June. Yes, I know I am late, but it has given me a lot of time to reflect!
This year, our Technology Director, District Media Specialist, and myself were able to attend ISTE 13 in San Antonio. We were extremely fortunate to have this once in a lifetime experience and there are really no words that I can string together that would accurately describe my experience. Overwhelming. Exciting. Inspiring. The list could go on and on!
One of the great things about attending a conference outside of your home city or home state is that you get to experience and entirely different culture. There was so much that San Antonio had to offer that amplified my conference experience. I am not going to lie, the heat was a little much for me (even coming from humid Michigan!), but it was nice to be able to get out and walk around the Rivewalk area in between sessions and in the evening.
As I have never attended an international conference before, that part of my experience was a little overwhelming. There were so many people! It is a little intimidating, but I was able to have great conversations with people from all over. It was great to hear their stories, experiences, and learn from them. Some of the things that I learned or took away from my ISTE 13 experience are listed below.
For the majority of the sessions I attended, I tried to focus on professional development, or ways to personalize learning. My goal of the conference was to walk away with some ideas that I could bring back to my district to make professional development and learning more personal and meaningful for teachers. Listed below are the breakout sessions I attended as well as the notes I took for each session. (Note: Some sessions have more notes than others, as some sessions were very interactive and others were more lecture-style.)
PLUS Tech: Fun, Gamified Online Teacher PD!
Flipping Over Professional Development
The learning experience that ISTE 13 provided me was amazing. Even though this post is several months after I attended the conference, I still find myself going back through my notes and links and revisiting concepts and ideas that were presented. I think the fact that I still am revisiting my resources can attest to the impact the conference had on my personal professional development. There are always areas I can improve upon and learning from others always provides an unique experience!
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