That said, most of the session was okay. We did a lot with red stone, which allows you to create circuits, and physics experiments. There was a very small amount of coding, which was rather disappointing given that the session title was actually about code. In the last few seconds of the presentation they mentioned Learn to Mod, so I may check that out. It was fun to explore a bit more in Minecraft, but I didn't get out of the session what I hoped I would.
We finished ISTE at a BYOD session on digital learning and badges (and wow, had the crowds thinned out by then). The session had some good points about recognizing informal learning and using badges. I particularly liked how she talked about how badges shift from "what do you know?" To "what do you value?" And "what did you do?" But to be honest you could just feel the energy in the room draining. It was the last session of ISTE, and I think people were tired and hungry and ready to sit back and process information.
Overall thoughts on ISTE:
-I would have liked more time spent on practical advice, less on telling us that we should be using technology in our classrooms
-There are amazing teachers around the world who are doing some incredible things with technology
-The exhibitors scanning us got creepy and weird. And they were really offended when we didn't allow it.
-ISTE's reputation is well deserved. There was something here for everyone, and it was well organized and structured.
-There are a lot of cool things I want to buy, and it's a good thing I'm not in charge of our school budget.
-I have so much stuff to sort through, you guys. SO MUCH.
And... That's pretty much it for me. I'll be blogging sporadically throughout the summer and will return to weekly updates in September. So find me on Twitter, and I'll see you once I've sorted through