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In less than a week, thousands of dedicated teachers, principals, technology directors, and other education professionals will gather in beautiful San Antonio. Their mission? To continue expanding their knowledge about education technology. The International Society for Technology in Education is hosting their annual conference near the scenic San Antonio River Walk. Here are some great things for attendees to check out!
- Communities Networking Fair -
The Communities Networking Fair is hosted on June 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Tower View Lobby. It is a great way for ISTE attendees to connect with each other, and to get some additional information on the International Society for Technology in Education. You can also connect with like-minded colleagues and find a group to keep in touch with and support your future endeavors after the conference is over! This is a particularly great event for first-time attendees.
- Keynote speaker Jennie Magiera - As chief innovation officer at Des Plaines Public Schools in Chicago, Jennie Magiera is devoted to finding innovative ways to navigate problems in the classroom, and to help teachers incorporate student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. As fellow Chicagoans, we might be slightly biased with this choice, but Magiera’s keynote speech will cover some incredibly diverse and necessary education topics. A definite must for any attendee.
- Makerspaces with Impact: Integrating Core Content, Creativity, and Imagination - Whether you are looking to design a new makerspace, or improve the space you already have, this TCEA Learning Academy session is a great way to learn more about makerspaces. As their session description states, this session will “discuss critical topics such as best practices, budgeting, how/when to assess, connecting with content standards, and getting administrative buy-in.”
- The expo hall -
Although this one might seem obvious to veteran ISTE attendees, the expo hall is a great way to learn about new education technology products on the market. With attendees’ packed schedules, it can be incredibly easy to forget to devote some serious time to the expo hall. Not only is the expo hall a great way to see new education technology products, but it’s a fantastic way to meet the team behind the products. It’s also a great place to grab some food for a quick pick-me-up!
- Exhibitor sessions -
Many exhibitors host interactive sessions at their booths, which is another reason to check out the expo hall. Learn about the exhibitor, and get an in-depth look at how to implement those products in your school or classroom.
- The River Walk
- Along with the Alamo, the Riverwalk is one of San Antonio’s most popular attractions. Lined by bars, great shops, art, and restaurants, there is no shortage of fun places to visit along the River Walk. Conveniently located within walking distance of the convention center, the River Walk is a great way to relax after a long day of sessions and expo hall exploring.
- Esquire Tavern -
Good food, fun drinks, and scenic surroundings make Esquire Tavern an essential stop for any ISTE attendee. Try one of Esquire’s famous burgers and classic cocktails. Reserve your table and enjoy a nice stroll down the River Walk after your meal!