Summary of Highlights and Great Events from ISTE 2011 on Sunday
One of the first things I would like to highlight is the keynote by Dr. John Medina. This was by far one of the best keynotes I have been to this year and I can’t wait to see what this man’s research turns up next. Be sure to check out the full keynote on Youtube. Also download his book Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.
One thing that was not so awesome was my volunteer time. Not because I do not value the contribution I made as a volunteer but because I begrudged the time lost during the networking and connecting activities that were going on down below. Next year I hope to do something a little more engaging like helping with articles for the conference newspaper. Anything that keeps me meeting people.
After the keynote there was a great opening reception. Unfortunately the security staff directed people away from the students showcase in the Atrium. I snuck around the blockade and had a good half hour to see everything before too many more people arrived. After that I headed back into the melee to see if I could find some Oregonians who were not ISTE staff. Sadly – no one was to be found – at least not that I could get to – in the throngs of people. Next time I need to advocate with NCCE to have a meet-up or at least a booth set up with the other affiliates.