ISTE 2018: Where I’ll Be Presenting and Joining in the Learning #iste18

ISTE 2018 is here again. I've been going most years since 2006 and while it overwhelms me, it is truly an awesome learning experience. This post is full of resources to get the most of your ISTE 2018 experience whether you are there (or not.)

ISTE 2018 hashtags

Remember to follow (and use) the official hashtag of #ISTE18 and #NotAtISTE18 so you can see what needs to be seen!

Lots of PD for those Not at ISTE

Remember that if you're not going, there are lots of events including the Not at ISTE Ignite and other Events. The folks over at Edublogger have created an epic remote participation guide for ISTE 2018

Places to Join:


If You're Attending ISTE Live or Online

If you're attending and you want to help crowdsource the notes, check out Tzvi Pittinsky's crowdsourced ISTE Notes and join in with the Google sheet where you can add your notes.

I'll also be taping quite a few ISTE 2018 episodes for the next season of the 10-Minute Teacher. If you want to know how to get the most out of ISTE, check out this podcast I did last year with Terry Freedman from the UK.

Where I'm Presenting at ISTE 2018

I've tweeted with Peggy George and I think she's going to ask the #PasstheScopeEDU folks to join the session as well (and I hope they do!) Say hello and if you join the session, tweet me @coolcatteacher – I'm always happy to help with your questions.

Students Won't Stop Fact Checking Me: Teach Kids to Read News Critically (Panel)

Monday, June 25, 8:30 – 9:30 am CDT
Type of Event: ISTE 2018 Panel Discussion on Location and Streamed by ISTE
Location: W196C
Panelists: Scott Bedley, Amanda Dykes, Bill Selak and me!
Program Link:

It’s more important than ever to teach kids how to read news critically. We'll cover strategies for evaluating online resources and discuss media fluency to make sure students know which sources to trust and which to reject. We’ll also address fake articles, fake photos and fake videos.

Live Q&A: Using Technology to Stay in Touch with Parents (Facebook Live)

Monday, June 25, 11:15 am – 11:30 AM CDT
Type of Event: Facebook Live Stream and in the Exhibit Hall Booth 685
Panelists: Christelle Pasteals (Instructional Technology Coach) and me

Join us for a live conversation from #ISTE2018 where we’ll be chatting about ways teachers are using technology to stay in touch with parents. Joining us will be blogger Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) and Christelle Pastelas, an instructional technology coach. Vicki and Christelle will be sharing their experiences using parent communication tools, as well as tips for making it go smoothly.  Bring your questions and we'll try to get as many as we can during this exciting live event!

ISTE Bytes: a 2 Minute Overview of the GoogSmacked Panel (Presentation)

Tuesday, June 26, 10:15 – 11:15 am CDT
Location: W181a
Type of Event: Listen and Learn Multi Presentation
Presenters: Gayle Berthiaume, Jeff Bradbury, Jessica Cabeen, Rico D'Amore, Jen Giffen, Dr. Randy Hansen, Carl Hooker, Jennifer Hehotsky, David Lockart, Jenny Mgiera, James McCrary, Kim Polishuke, Diane Powell, Dr. Julene Reed, Dr. Mike Ribbel, Kenneth Sheldon, Beth Smith, Sean Wybrant, Mike Yakubovsky and me
Program Link:

Join an ISTE Bytes session to get a preview of future presentations from the ISTE program. Enjoy 2-minute presentations on upcoming sessions.

Get Goog-Smacked: An Epic Smackdown of Gsuite Tools and Teaching Tips (Panel)

Wednesday, June 27, 10:00 -11:00 am CDT
Location: W375/Skyline
Type of Event: Listen and Learn Panel on Location and Streamed by ISTE
Presenters: Kasey Bell, Eric Curts, Matt Miller and I'll be moderating!
Program Link:

Join a high-energy panel of Google Suite pros to learn about best practices and tips from K-12. During this smackdown, panelists will share at least 50 tips and examples of how to use G Suite tools across all subject areas and grade levels, including some of the latest innovations.


Other Places I'll Visit and Chances for You to Win Even If You're Not at ISTE

PowerSchool School of the Future

I'll be visiting the PowerSchool School of the Future booth #1209. Last year, their classroom of the future was really cool but this year, they are leveling it up.

Link for information:


Booth 2002. I've been partnering with Acer to promote their STEAM Lab Makeover contest. Whether you're going to ISTE or not, you'll want to enter this contest!

SMART Technologies

Booth 1203. I've been partnering with SMART promoting their Give Greatness program designed to recognize educators with classroom equipment. Nominate an educator who inspires you to give greatness and you can both win!

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the companies mentioned have sponsored blog posts or podcast episodes with me in the past including: SMART, Acer, PowerSchool and Bloomz. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This post, however, is not a sponsored post and this schedule is my own.

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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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