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Takeaways from ISTE 2019

Over the summer, I have had the privilege to attend some incredible professional learning events. ISTE has been a highlight of my summer the past two years and I can't wait to share with you what I have learned. I cannot fit all my takeaways into one post, so I'd encourage you to check out the #ISTE19 and #NotAtISTE hashtags on Twitter to see what was going on during the event.

Top 5 Takeaways - ISTE 2019

  1. You can use Pages to create self-paced workbooks! If you didn't have the chance to visit the Apple pop-up classroom, I would encourage you to visit the Apple Teacher Learning Center to see what they were sharing. It was so cool to use the Pages workbook to walk through the stations. I can't wait to start creating more in Pages this year!
  2. Develop a coaching cycle for your school. I listened to so many tech and instructional coaches share their best practices and while all different, at the heart they centered on the same things. Ultimately, as coaches we want to help our teachers work through the same problem solving cycles that we do our students.
  3. Model, model, model. As teachers and leaders in our buildings, it is our job to model effective digital citizenship for our students and colleagues. We also have the awesome responsibility to get to model best practices when it comes to edtech integration. I loved seeing presenters not only talk about the things they use, but actually using those tools in their presentations.
  4. UN Sustainable Development Goals are a great place to start! I have heard and seen teachers talking about the UNSDG for years, but had yet to delve into them. In a session with LAUNCH author, AJ Juliani, we actually used them as part of a project and it was so powerful! The resources available are user friendly and help students (and teachers!) to see how they have make a real impact.
  5. It is time to reinvent PD. So many of the sessions I went to focused on how to rethink professional learning via coffee edu, podcasts, book studies, individual time, PLCs, innovative newsletters, flipped faculty meetings, and more! I am excited to continue to collaborate with teachers and administrators to best serve our community. 

Also, ISTE is way more fun with friends! Keep sharing your summer PD takeaways and keep your eyes peeled for my post sharing my takeaways from ADE Institute 2019! Have a great summer!



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