I had the opportunity to attend, share, and connect at the recent ISTE (International Society of Technology Education) conference in San Antonio, Texas. The event is like none other, so to recap the experience and compare notes with peers, I've documented my full conference experience: Sessions that I shared, events I attended, and great interactions I had during the conference.
Interested in learning more? Check out the discussion captured via Facebook Live.
I also “captured” my personal thoughts about the upcoming conference via a Periscope. This can be a great activity to set personal expectations and get in the right mindset for a conference - try it sometime!
Combined Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies have been operating in the education industry for over two decades, and offer a suite of products that have evolved as the ever-changing education landscape has shifted.
As Atomic Learning we have evolved our successful foundation of robust eLearning technical and technology training into also offering online pedagogical professional development. We now have over 8,000 educational institutions, 400,000 educators, and 10,000,000 students taking advantage of the most extensive online professional learning library for in the industry. Our name, however, is often still connected to our technical training roots.
Our sister organization, Versifit Technologies began in the industry as a custom software data management and analytics organization. Today we have expanded the offering which uses predictive analytics to help districts and schools of any size with accountability and school improvement, early warning and intervention, district financial and staffing operations, and student college and career readiness. Yet the brand is primarily known only for large data management projects.
Our solutions have flexed and changed in new and thoughtful ways to ensure we are always meeting the unique needs of education—now it is time for our name to catch-up!
Hoonuit, pronounced "Who knew it?" is the feeling you get when you learn something new, and represents a unification of our two organizations to create an infinite loop of knowledge and insight.
“We’re on a mission to help educators experience more “aha!” moments,” Paul Hesser, CEO at Hoonuit said. “Our solutions enable educators and administrators to assess and predict school and student needs, and for educators to take their own personal development path to tackle some of today’s most common education challenges, such as college and career readiness, student engagement and evolving instructional approaches.”
For more information or to receive a quote, visit www.hoonuit.com or stop by booth 3441 at ISTE.
We are thrilled about the submissions from the ISTE Hoonuit Contest! The creative posts were shared, so that other educators can grow and learn together. The winners were selected based on the creativity of the post and value of content for others learners. View the winning submissions below.
GRAND PRIZE - DAN KREINESS
FREE REGISTRATION & A TRAVEL STIPEND FOR ISTE 2017
RUNNER UP - MATTHEW LINCHECK
FREE REGISTRATION FOR ISTE 2017
Are you interested in professional growth and an opportunity to attend ISTE 2017? We are thrilled to announce our ISTE Hoonuit Contest where educators are rewarded for sharing what they learn!
Here are the details:
- Complete a module - LearnIt. DoIt. ShareIt. and ProveIt. (See list of accepted modules below)
ISTE Standards for Coaches 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessments
Technology coaches assist teachers in using technology effectively for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences for all students.
“I don’t have time to integrate technology into my classroom.”
“I already have so much to do, I can’t add one more thing into my day.”
This is the first post in a series I wrote for ISTE entitled Living the ISTE Standards for Coaches. Enjoy!
Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.
Coaches should inspire and lead us down paths that are manageable, interesting and — as much as I hate to say it — intimidating. They should help us go places and do things that we may not have considered. Their role is to use the knowledge of the systems that we live and work in to create a vision for how to incorporate inspiring and engaging technology tools in the classroom.
The ISTE Standards for Technology Coaches (ISTE Standards•C) address the role that tech coaches play within a learning environment beginning with Standard 1: Visionary Leadership.
Thousands of presentation submissions. Months and weeks spent reviewing. Long days filled with post-its making it all fit in the schedule. And it all comes down to this. ISTE 2014 kicks off this weekend!
Wondering which sessions to attend? We have a few recommendations:
From Inspiration to Implementation: Planning Successful District Initiatives
Sunday, June 29, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
Rod Smith, the CIO of Clayton County Public Schools, and Kara Gann will be talking about planning new initiatives in a poster session. If you have read our tech planning eBook, this is a must-attend session! Learn how both Rod and Kara have worked to implement learning initiatives using simple planning strategies to not only build a well-defined plan, but also to communicate the plan to other members of our team. They can answer questions and offer practical advice to make sure you are prepared to implement the great ideas you find at ISTE when you return to your district.
Leadership in an Era of Change
Tuesday, 07/01/14, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
What happens when two former ISTE board members get together to talk about leadership and change? Annette Smith from Teaching Books and Kara Gann will be discussing vision, value, and metrics and how the three work together in a successful implementation. They'll cover:
- Setting vision: building consensus
- Value: linking vision goals and objectives
- Metrics: assessing success
And don't forget to become a part of the I AM AN [educator] movement!
The ISTE session planning war room.
Claim one at #ISTE2014
If you are planning to travel to Atlanta to attend this year's ISTE conference, be sure to stop by Atomic Learning's booth (#1942) to share your story at our free photo booth to claim your shirt! Not sure what to say? Mike Berago of Fenton High School in Bensenville, Illinois recently shared: I AM [ inspired by teachers' and students' resiliency ].
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If you're at ISTE, you won't want to miss the national showing of "Look, I'm Learning!" You can get your free tickets at the Atomic Learning booth (#14092).
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 5:00-6:30 pm | Lila Cockrell Theatre | San Antonio Convention Center
If you're at ISTE in San Antonio, stop by the Atomic Learning booth #14092 and share what inspires you to be an educator -- you'll get an awesome "I AM [an educator]" t-shirt! If you've already gotten a t-shirt at one of our previous conferences and you're one of the first 50 to wear it at the booth, you'll get a matching backpack!
If you're attending ISTE, you won't want to miss this poster session:
It’s Not an iPad Initiative, It’s a Learning Initiative
Wednesday, 6/26/2013, 11:00am–1:00pm, SACC Tower View Lobby; Table 37
We thought we'd help educators figure out what to pack for ISTE! Important things to remember:
Each year ISTE works to recruit the best of the best to keynote at their annual conference and exposition. From Steve Jobs and Bill Gates to classroom teachers and award-winning photojournalists, they've had some amazing speakers!
Attending ISTE? Stop by booth #2623 and tell Atomic Learning who you are and how you impact education and get a free I AM [an educator] t-shirt like this guy did!
Visit Atomic Learning at booth #2623 to share your passion for education with our I AM [an educator] campaign!
What is your role in education? Stop by Atomic Learning booth #2623 at ISTE 2012, to share what motivates you. The I AM [an educator] sharing project was created to acknowledge educators (as well as all those who inspire, encourage and support them), and honor all that they do to ensure today's students receive the best education.
When you stop by, not only will you get a free t-shirt, we'll also show you what's new at Atomic Learning. As you know, technology is constantly changing, so we're introducing some exciting new solutions to help you continue your quest to bridge the technology and curriculum gap. Come check out our new solutions to help you with mobile and Common Core initiatives (as well as learn about our new app!)
The I AM [ an educator ] sharing project was created by Atomic Learning to acknowledge educators (as well as all those who inspire, encourage and support them), and honor all that they do to ensure today's students receive the best education.
The 2011 ISTE Conference being held in Philadelphia, PA June 26-29 is fast approaching and Atomic Learning invites you to join us! If you’re interested in a free pass to the exhibit hall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and note "ISTE" in the email subject.