Monday, 25 June 2018

My Iste 2018 Experience - Part ONE: Keynote speakers

One of the most inspirational keynote speakers I have heard for a long time presented at the opening of the Iste Chicago conference for 2018.  Her name was Patricia Brown and she is a Technology Specialist at Ladue School District in St Louis, Missouri.

One of the key points she made was that digital media can change how people interact in the world.  She has 5 sons, and as parents of African American males, the conversation she has with her boys is that they have to work twice as hard and be twice as good who have the same opportunities as others who don't look like them.  Always take the high road and make good choices.  

Her community was in turmoil because of the a number of issues that were going on and she could not ignore it.  She wanted to teach kids to be socially aware and saw the impact of what was happening on her kids.   As a teacher of influence, her kids questioned what was happening and she gave them the tools to use their voices as a way of raising awareness. 

"Activism is my rent for living on this planet", a quote of Alice Walker makes sense to me, especially when I think about how lucky I am in the community and society that I live in to have access to the resources I do and the people I know to support my kids to make change for the good.
Patricia also encouraged us to 'find our tribe' and to begin the conversation and find people who were willing to speak up.   "Digital media can amplify the voices of marginalised individuals.  It can foster dialogue that is uncomfortable but absolutely critical".  We need to speak a safe and hopeful future for our children today.

My Iste 2018 Experience - Part TWO: The Grand Expo hall

The Exhibition hall is the biggest sales yard I have ever been too!  There are over 5,000 people involved in presenting and showcasing the latest digital tools and technology for the future of education and there was not enough time to see even half of the exhibitions!  Below are some of the awesome stalls I had a chance to visit which I found exciting and mind-blowing at the same time.  Much of what was shown were things that could change and alter systems in our teaching and learning and which I thought could be more relevant for our senior leaders and board members to address (thankfully we had the right experts with us).  I took a picture of my crazy collection of swag at the end and I am thankful for the opportunity to see where the future of teaching and learning is heading.

We made our Wonder Workshop Dash toy shoot a 3 pointer!

Project Unicorn was one of my favourite exhibitions

 Some Google time

Good to see I can use my SMART board properly now!

Thanks for the goody bag Microsoft!

Putting our photo on the board as the only Polynesians!

A really interesting presentation that supports students creating a digital family tree.

Using avatars in real time.

Hapara in the house!

My collection of swag (I forgot to add another couple of t-shirts darnit)

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