6 places to explore at ISTE 2017

By Team ISTE 5/12/2017 ISTE Conference & Expo

The lectures, keynotes, forums and panels at the ISTE Conference & Expo draw some of the best edtech presenters in the world, but the conference offers much more than sessions. Whether you’re looking for a place to explore, network, interact or relax, you’ll find it in one of these five drop-in environments.

1. Lounges
These are comfy yet lively areas to hang out between sessions and add new people to your personal learning network (PLN). Each lounge has its own identity and purpose:

  • Drop by the Member Lounge at street level in the Main Lobby to chat with fellow attendees and ISTE staff about all that ISTE membership includes. Update your profile picture for the ISTE Communities while you’re there.
  • Head to the Bloggers’ Café in on Level 3 outside Stars at Night Ballroom 4 to make connections and expand your PLN in this gathering place for blogging, tweeting and face-to-face conversations.
  • Chat with your favorite presenters and continue session conversations in the Presenters of ISTE Lounge on Level 2 near Room 208.  
  • Don’t miss the new Wellness Lounge, Bridge Lobby (street level) past the cafe, where you can enjoy a foot massage or catch a quick wellness video between sessions. Stretching, mindfulness and yoga are just a few of the activities you can enjoy while creating some mental white space.

2. Playgrounds 
These interactive spaces allow attendees to play with technologies that enhance creativity and learning. Playground themes run the gamut from digital storytelling and STEAM to edtech coaching and early learning. Jump in and get hands-on at some of this year’s playgrounds located in the Park View Lobby and Hemisfair Ballroom Foyer.

3. Expo hall
More than 550 exhibitors fill the vast expo hall beginning Monday morning with edtech tools, devices and strategies and, more importantly, helpful advice from more than 5,000 industry reps on how to foster learning with technology. Teachers, librarians, technology coordinators, district leaders and others will feel like kids in a candy store as they browse aisle after aisle of tech solutions, watch live demonstrations, attend on-floor presentations, try out technologies and ask questions of knowledgeable representatives.

4. Posters 
In the Tower View Lobby, you can browse through poster presentations created by students and educators, beginning with the Global Collaboration Poster Session on Sunday night. This is the best place to interact with students and get inspired by creative projects that use tools from Minecraft and Scratch to Aurasma and Pokemon Go.
Poster topics switch out each morning and afternoon, so consult the ISTE conference mobile app and ISTE Pocket Guide to find out when your favorites are scheduled. Or just stroll through the space when you have a spare moment and see where the learning takes you.

5. Flexible learning session room
Room 214C is the place to check out flexible learning spaces. This room will host sessions focused on alternative learning environments and showcase the latest designs in classroom furniture arrangements.

6. ISTE Central
This is the nerve center where you can browse ISTE books, write a letter to Congress to support edtech and learn about professional development opportunities.

If you're not registered for ISTE 2017 yet, sign up today and get ready to experience more than 1,200 sessions on the hottest topics in edtech.


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