#ISTE17 Recap

This past week, the Kidblog team was in San Antonio alongside over 21,000 educators, attending the ISTE 2017 Conference. We were able to connect with some of the brightest minds in ed tech and engage with teachers from 80+ countries. We had a fantastic time speaking with new and veteran members of our Kidblog community and were honored to be featured in several sessions presented by teachers discussing digital citizenship, connecting students with a global audience, and enhancing creativity and collaboration in the classroom. Here are some of the highlights for us:

Expo Hall

Throughout the week, the Kidblog team stationed themselves in the ISTE exhibit hall, giving demos, answering questions, and helping teachers envision the many uses of Kidblog within their classrooms. Discussions focused on privacy and teacher moderation, student-driven digital portfolios, and authentic audiences. These discussions energized attendees and our Kidblog team alike.

Kidblog user, Todd Flory, stopped by our neighboring booth, Buncee, to present on his personal experiences using Kidblog and Buncee in the classroom. His presence helped spark excitement among attendees, as teachers were able to see firsthand how Kidblog and Buncee work together to bring students’ words to life.

Presentations

Throughout the week we were honored to be featured in several presentations given by new and veteran Kidblog users. Topics ranged from  Empowering Student Voice & Narratives through Space, Digital Stories, & Innovative Practice to Promoting Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers and Technology’s Roles in Teacher and Learning in the Global Read Aloud. For a full list of ISTE presentations on Kidblog, view our schedule of events.

Pictured above: Speakers and Kidblog fans, Vickie Morgado and Carol McLaughlin, stopped by the Kidblog booth before their presentation on Going Global in Your Classroom.

Keynote

Chief Innovation Officer, author, and Kidblog fan, Jennie Magiera, presented a fabulous keynote on Tuesday morning. Jennie engaged the audience as she discussed the power of teaching; Providing students with memorable adventures, allowing students to be their whole self, and giving each student a voice.

Social Buzz

With the founder of @kidblogdotorg! I was sure to tell him I'm his biggest fan! #kidblog #edtech #ISTE17

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Thank you!

We couldn’t have asked for a better #ISTE17 experience. We were energized and enlightened, gaining new insights into how Kidblog is used within classrooms around the globe. New and familiar friends made us laugh and smile as we shared stories, ideas, and an overall enthusiasm for the power of writing for an authentic audience.

Share with us your favorite part of #ISTE17 in the comment section below!

About the Author
Laura is a Kidblog Customer Success Manager. She enjoys connecting with teachers daily to share Kidblog stories, learn how they use Kidblog in their classroom, and hear unique feature ideas to better our platform. Laura loves strong morning coffee, an invigorating yoga flow, and exploring new cities around the world.

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