5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE even if you’re not there #notatiste

Today Peggy George @pgeorge was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however – SHE WASN'T THERE. Peggy is an expert on getting the most of ISTE by attending virtually. Today, she'll teach five tips for getting the most out of ISTE whether you're at ISTE or riding home on the plane and wanting to see what you missed. This applies to almost any year of ISTE or for most virtual conferences.

ISTE 2017

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echoes. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at http://www.powerschool.com/solutions/unified-classroom

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In today's show, Peggy George discusses how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 even if you’re not at there:

  • The #notatiste17 Google Group
  • The #notatiste17 hashtag on Twitter
  • The livebinder for not at ISTE
  • How to share learning
  • How to deal with Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) if you can’t go

I hope you enjoy this episode with Peggy George!

Want to hear another episode on ISTE 2017? Listen to Terry Freedman talk about how to get the most out of education conferences and ISTE.

Selected Links from this Episode

NOTATISTE Google Plus Community

#notatiste16 Livebinder

#notatiste17 Livebinder (not public yet but should be by tomorrow)

Participate slow chat for #notatiste17

Participate Collection for #notatiste17

Participate Collection for last year’s resources #notatiste16 (1135 resources)

Twitter hashtag: #notatiste17

Full Bio As Submitted

Peggy George

I am a retired educator in Phoenix AZ and love spending my time supporting teachers with the use of technology in their classrooms. I have been a professional educator for over 50 years with many roles including principal, teacher, special education director and university preservice teacher education instructor. I co-host the weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinars and am an organizer for the K12 Online Conference and EdCamp Phoenix.

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This episode is sponsored by Power School. Stay tuned at the end of the show to learn about their Unified Classroom at ISTE Power School’s Classroom of the Future in room 207 A. It’s going to be where you can have fun and win awesome prizes, like an Apple Watch, Microsoft Surface or Amazon Echo. Stay tuned.

Five powerful ways to participate in ISTE 2017, even if you’re not there. Episode 105.

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VICKI:               My friend Peggy George @pgeorge

has been at ISTE https://conference.iste.org/2017/ many years, but she’s really kind of become the expert for how to participate in ISTE when you’re not at ISTE. Peggy, you’ve got five ways that we can join in at ISTE when we’re not at ISTE. What’s our first way?

PEGGY:       Hi, Vicki. It is great to be here with you. I get excited at this time of year every year when we’re talking about ISTE. It’s hard to narrow down five tips, but here is my first one. If you can’t go to ISTE but you don’t want to miss out on things, I want you to join the Not At ISTE Google community https://plus.google.com/communities/102762507417207490264

and you will get links to everything that’s going on. And you’ll have an opportunity to share with other people who want to be there but can’t be there, and they share their own resources there. So there’ll be chances to actually do presentations there. We have night presentations, we have challenges; all kinds of things that help you to connect with other educators who want to be a part of ISTE.

VICKI:          So this Google community, you’ll give us the link to put in the show notes, right?


PEGGY:       If you just search for Not At ISTE Google community, it will come right up. And you just have to join, and then you can contribute to all of the conversations, you can share your photos, anything. Because we do our own photo challenges and things that people can do from wherever they are; they don’t have to be at ISTE. But it’s just a great way to connect with other educators at this amazing time.

VICKI:          Okay. What’s your second?

PEGGY:       Okay. My second is, make sure that you follow the Twitter hashtags, both for #notatISTE17 and #ISTE17. And when you follow those hashtags, you find amazing sharing going on, and you’ll find presenters who say, I have a session coming up and here’s a link to my presentation, or here’s a link to my resources. And you get tons of resources that way. We also have a not at ISTE community on Participate https://www.participate.com/chats/notatiste17

where we have a collection of resources that we gather from all of those tweets. https://www.participate.com/collections/notatiste17/39378a92-08a3-462e-ad4c-ebd0108d4e9a

So if you want to follow the not at ISTE ’17 hashtag on Participate, you can do that, and you’ll have them all coming through in one big stream. (See 2016 Participate resources – https://www.participate.com/collections/notatiste16-curated-collection/7b2b7447-cb3c-4685-a41c-178becc8cb13

VICKI:          And it’s so incredible, because I know, Peggy, some of the years that I haven’t gone, I’ve actually followed those hashtags and blogs, and there would be people who would think I was there because I was so in on knowing what was happening.

PEGGY:       Exactly.

VICKI:          And it’s so awesome. Okay, what’s our third?

PEGGY:       Okay, my third one is we have a fabulous resource that you’re going to want to bookmark, and that is a LiveBinder for not at ISTE ’17. http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2208203

Now, we have a LiveBinder that’s already full for not at ISTE ’16, https://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2011539

and I will share that link with you because you can go back and get amazing information from last year. But this year, we’re just starting to populate it.


                    And you can see; the videos are embedded. If people have done presentations at ISTE and maybe they did a periscope about them, those videos will be embedded in the LiveBinder, so you can quickly see blog posts that are being written, presentations that are being shared, night sessions, people that are just talking about ISTE and amazing things they’re learning. Lots of blog posts that reflect on what they’re doing each day; those will all be in the LiveBinder. I found that I actually got to see more of ISTE by participating in a not at ISTE LiveBinder than I did when I went to ISTE. It’s just amazing. I got to poster sessions, tons of them, with interviews with the teachers and the students right up close, just because of that sharing.

VICKI:          Okay, what’s our fourth?

PEGGY:       My fourth one is, after you’ve checked out all those things, like the hashtags and the community, start following the people that are sharing there. They may be presenters; they may just be participants. Many of them are blogging. And if you just start following them, you’re going to build an amazing personal learning network of people that are doing things that you’re really interested in.

VICKI:          Okay. And what’s our fifth?

PEGGY:       This is all about connecting. Be sure to share what you learn; no matter how or where, give credit. But tell people how excited you are about something you learned by participating in not at ISTE, and everyone will benefit from your learning.

VICKI:          Educators who care share. And we who love kids, we have to keep learning, don’t we, Peggy?


PEGGY:       Absolutely. That is my theme. Never stop learning.

VICKI:          And here’s the other thing; it’s real easy to get; they call it FOMO, fear of missing out. I mean, there are times when I missed ISTE and I really got down about it. We can only go when we can go. We can’t all go every year, all the time; we don’t have unlimited budget. But the question to me is, do we have unlimited attitude, you know?

PEGGY:       That’s a great way to put it.

VICKI:          So how do you keep your attitude up and excited and not get FOMO?

PEGGY:       Because I know that there is no such thing as being caught up or keeping up. And so I take advantage of everything that I can, and I know that I’m missing out on some things. If you just participate as much as possible, you’re going to get renewed, and you’re going to get excited about the possibilities of things that you can do in your world that don’t cost anything. Like you said at the beginning, it’s really all about the people. When you go to ISTE, it’s not just going to presentations and going to the exhibit hall, but it’s talking to people about the ideas you’re learning there, and then coming back home and talking to people back home about the things you learned while you were there.

VICKI:          Okay, remarkable educators, so whether you’re going to be at ISTE, I hope you’ll say hello to me. I’ll be there all day Monday and part of the day Tuesday. Or whether you’re not at ISTE, we can all join in this awesome learning experience. And I hope that all of you will tweet and connect with Peggy, because she’s really the guru about how to participate at ISTE whether you’re there or not.

PEGGY:       Thank you. And I would love to connect with our listeners.

VICKI:          The ISTE Conference is here. And I’m so excited to be at ISTE with Power School on Monday, June 26th at 4:00 pm in room 225 A and B. https://www.coolcatteacher.com/iste-2017-schedule-iste17/


I’ll be leading a panel discussion on the five teacher trends changing education. https://conference.iste.org/2017/program/search/detail_session.php?id=109644264  You’ll also want to come by Power School’s Classroom of the Future in 207 A, where they’ll be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos. You can also come by the Power School booth, 2918, to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE, check out the Unified Classroom at powerschool.com/solutions/unified-classroom. That’s powerschool.com/solutions/unified-classroom. Or just go to the show notes and follow the link. Hope to see you there.

Thank you for listening to the Ten-minute Teacher Podcast. You can download the show notes and see the archive at coolcatteacher.com/podcast. Never stop learning.


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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