I attended ISTE 2012 in San Diego, mostly so I could hang out with friends from afar, but also to find some discussions. I am unsure "how much" I got out of attending (other than fun with friends) but I did grow at least a little bit. I guess that is what it is all about, growing, little by little. We keep wanting big revelations, but it really doesn't happen that way. As I tell my athletes, either you are get better or you get worse, you never really stay the same. So if I don't attend things like this, I would be in danger of stagnating/getting worse.
Saturday I attended the Discovery Educators Network (DEN). Usually I attend EduBloggerCon (now called SocialEdCon), but I wanted to try something different. I met a few new people, but I need to get better at writing down contacts for long term conversation. One idea I got was to be more concrete in giving students focus for viewing video segments. One "pre" idea was to give students some vocab words to listen for. Another was to give them three truths and a lie about the video and to find the lie. I probably need to look deeper into Discovery to see what they have for me.
I only attended a few sessions. One was on screencasting. Since I will be presenting on it, I wanted to see what someone else did. I listened to what one school district did for 1 to 1 implementation. The did a 3 year plan and got parents to come to meetings and tech sessions. That will be difficult for us in our BYOD quest. There was nice sessions on copyright, refreshing the ideas of Fair Use. Some people wanted "answers", but there is no black and white when it comes to it.
I met a few new people and hope to continue some long term conversations with them. Molly is a teacher from Louisiana and it was her first ISTE. Dennis is a Superintendent from Indiana and is really pushing his district forward. They have a conference coming up in August, but I will have football practice. Kevin is from Kansas and his district is 1-1. I also got a book to read. "Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning: Learning in the Age of Empowerment " . I probably would have gotten it anyways since one of my friends gave it to me.
Now on to Podstock 2012.
And still on my search for the answer (if there is one) to the question..."how much cloud based storage does a student need for a k-12 ePortfolio?"