June 29, 2015 by Dr. Barber
This year, due to family and other issues, I had to turn down the generous offer from my school system and not go to #ISTE2015 on the bus. From Twitter alone, I know that my peeps (#fcsvanguard) are having a great time. What they may not be aware of, is how great a time I can have attending the conference remotely.
Through the weekend and into today, I have had commitments away from my computer, but thanks to Jennifer Wagner & Craig Yen I’m hooked into the conference via #NOTATISTE15. She created a Google community and today I attended my first Google Hangout. Yeah!
The trick with a community is it makes connections in ways you may never have experienced. So, in short, today I learned:
- How to be on a Google Hangout and some of its features
- Tech Tools for the Flipped Classroom – I arrogantly thought I knew this but I was wrong. This has tools I had never tried, but will now. And I can already see how to share with my teachers. That’s worth the price of admission.
- #NOTATISTE15 Live Binders – I have never used a LiveBinder made by an expert before. I have so much to learn about using tools. Much less the incredible amount of information they are collecting and sharing with me. It’s mind-blowing!
- Tweetdeck can use a Boolean “OR” statement to put more than one hashtag in the column. (To be fair, I learned this Saturday.) Just edit the column and put the word OR (capitals with no punctuation) and then the second hashtag. It works when you’re not sure to follow #NOTATISTE15 OR #NOTATISTE.
I remind everyone to remember to sip from the firehose, not stand in front of it and get knocked down. There’s more information than I can absorb OR use during the next school year in just a few hours at #ISTE2015. Learn something, then go back for more. I promise that the information stream will continue, unabated, at full power. It will be there when you get back.