Getting ready to make the most of ISTE 2013

I'll be attending my third ISTE next week and, like every year, I know there won't be enough time in the day to take advantage of everything the massive ed tech convention offers. There are hundreds of incredible sessions, and so much to see on the exhibit floor.

To get ready, the first thing I do is consult the experts.

If you're heading down to San Antonio this weekend, here is a sampling of advice around the web:

  1. Elana Leoni at Edutopia offers five tips to make the ISTE experience work for you. I like this one: "I always try to read a book by one of keynote speakers on the flight over."
  2. Here is some advice from the great Steven Anderson. Take time to reflect, he says. "Blog, write, record, do something so you don’t forget anything and so you can make meaning of what you’ve learned."
  3. Don't forget about ISTE "Unplugged" events. It's where a lot of the great conversations happen and friendships are made. The flagship unplugged event will by Hack Education on Saturday before the conference officially starts. I'll be there!
  4. Here's a fun event scheduled for Sunday morning that I just saw linked up on the #ISTE13 Twitter feed: The ISTE ADE Photo Safari will be a massive photo walk through downtown San Antonio. Looking for something to do Sunday morning? This could be it. Don't forget to sign up.

The Scholastic team will be there in full force, so we hope you'll come and say hello. We'd love to give you a tour of what we've building over the last year. (We're in booth #12194) And if you want to connect, send me a tweet! As always, I'm at @tylerbreed.

Photo: Ben_Grey