It’s one thing to revolutionize a single classroom. But ushering in large-scale change to a school or district requires a deep cultural shift.
That’s why many education leaders choose to send an entire team to the ISTE Conference & Expo to gather ideas and collaborate on solutions.
And few do it quite like Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina. The district, a past recipient of the Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology, has sent large groups of educator to the conference over the years, in some cases, more than 200 to a single ISTE conference.
Other districts send different grade-level teams each year – say a group of middle school administrators and teachers one year, elementary educators and leaders another year – so that the edtech learning is spread among all grade bands.
Some districts also determine attendance at the ISTE conference by job title, sending a group of tech coaches, for example.
Want to make ISTE 2017 a true catalyst for change in your school or district? Here are a few tips for collaborating with your team to get the most out of the conference.
Know your goal. With a clear goal in mind, you can make sure each member of your team gets exactly what he or she needs out of the conference. Whether your objective is to embark on a major technology initiative, find new tools to support your existing program or simply bring home as much learning as you can, you’ll get more out of the conference if you work as a team toward a common goal.
Play to your strengths. Choose which sessions each person will attend based on his or her knowledge and skill level. Attendees with prior knowledge or interest in a topic will typically get the most out of a session, and they can bring the most useful information back to the group.
Take advantage of collaborative spaces. ISTE 2017 will be peppered with lounges and other learning spaces [link] where you can circle up with your team, debrief and plan for the following day. Tap into the creative energy onsite and start brainstorming ideas based on what you’ve learned so far!
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