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ISTE 2017 Survival Guide

If this is your first time traveling to the ISTE Conference & Expo, you might be getting pretty excited by now. Soon you’ll be in San Antonio rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names in the field with thousands of educators who share your enthusiasm for edtech. We want to make sure you are fully prepared and able to take full advantage of this electric experience. Read on for 10 posts offering tips, advice and resources for making the most of your conference experience.          

1. Get organized before you go.
There’s a lot to do at the ISTE Conference & Expo. Here are four simple things to do before you step foot in San Antonio. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.

2. Make connections before, during and after the conference.
Whether you’re traveling from across town or from across the world, the best part of the conference is meeting, learning from and sharing with other people. ISTE member Beth Still offers ideas for finding and connecting with your peeps before you leave, onsite and throughout the year.

3. Set your goals.
You’ll be surrounded by things to learn, ideas to share, sights to see and people to meet, and it’s impossible to do it all. It helps to decide on your goals ahead of time so you can plan your schedule around them. Find out how to make the best use of your time for networking and gathering resources.

4. Divide and conquer sessions.
One way to take in more learning is to bring your entire team to ISTE 2017. Here are some tips for collaborating with your colleagues to get the most out of your shared conference experience.

5. Plan your trip to the expo hall.
With 550 companies represented, it's difficult to visit every booth in the expo hall, so you'll need to map out a strategy. Longtime ISTE attendee and presenter Maureen Yoder shares her time-tested approaches for expo hall preparation and execution.

6. Choose session types that fit your learning style.  
ISTE 2017 features a range of session types to suit all kinds of learners. Whether you learn best from hands-on experiences, traditional lectures or fast-paced presentations, you can choose the way you prefer to learn from among the more than 1,200 sessions.  

7. Find out what's new.
We take attendee feedback seriously. That's why you'll find a number of changes at ISTE 2017. Look for morning meetups, Edtech Insight sessions in the expo hall and an exciting augmented reality game for attendees.

8. 6 places to explore at ISTE 2017.
We've created a range of different spaces where you can explore on your own or just gather your thoughts and plan what you want to do and see at ISTE 2017. From quiet and restful environments to areas buzzing with energy, you'll find just the setting you need.

9. See the sights.
San Antonio has the legendary Riverwalk right outside the convention center, the Alamo a short distance away and museums galore. Be sure to set aside some time to see the sights and enjoy the local cuisine.

10. Meet some ISTE 2017 presenters.
Read about some popular ISTE 2017 presenters who are committed to empowering students with technology.

The ISTE Conference & Expo is one of the many great ways ISTE contributes to the ed tech field. Learn more about how you can leverage the power of ISTE.

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Nancy
276 days ago
Very interesting and informative.