My bags are packed, I’m ready to go… well, almost!

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It’s almost here!  #ISTE2015!  I have been planning this trip for quite awhile, and I still have no idea what I’m in for.  I’ve been to conferences before (see earlier post), but never one of this magnitude!

My bags are packed because my husband and I are actually leaving on Thursday for Pittsburgh to visit his sister and her husband.  After a couple days of sightseeing and baseball, we’ll take the train to Philly on Sunday.  The trip is a sort of work/family/vacation trip for us, and it’s the first trip we’ve taken since our son was born last year.  Needless to say, we’re excited!  And to top it off, when we arrive in town on Sunday, we are going to see @ColinHay, the @violentfemmes, and the @barenakedladies in concert at the @MannCenter!  We’re going to party like it’s 1997!

But back to ISTE!  So far, the worst thing about ISTE is that there are so many incredible sessions but only one of me!  While I fully plan to take advantage of learning via Twitter, a cloning device would certainly come in handy.  But unless someone gifts me with that in the next few days, I’ll have to decide and prioritize.

For this year’s conference, I’m most excited about sessions dealing with professional development.  I’ve really been interested in finding better, more efficient ways to help teachers become better versions of themselves.  The time of “everyone sits and gets the same thing” during PD sessions is not only inefficient and outdated, but it does exactly the opposite of what we talk about doing with our students.

I’m also interested in learning more about flipping the classroom.  The idea of moving “homework” to watching videos or otherwise preparing for the next day’s activities is much more appealing than assigning worksheets (which we all know kids and parents both hate).  With the number of devices in students’ hands and homes, we no longer have the excuse that kids “don’t have access.”  The vast majority do and there are ways to accommodate the modest few who don’t.

I’ll be attending other sessions, too, of course.  And I’ll also be taking in a few sites in Philly.  My husband, a huge history nerd, couldn’t possibly let us leave town without seeing the Liberty Bell.  And as a kid who LOVED playing with Legos, I couldn’t possibly miss seeing the Lego exhibit at @theFranklin Institute!  Oh and I can’t forget the #ISTE2015 Rocky 5K run on Monday morning!  Seriously, too much awesome in one place…

Are you going to ISTE?  What are you excited to see?

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