Technology has come a long way in just a few short years, and just like the technology products featured at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2013 conference in San Antonio, exhibitor booths have taken a giant leap in imagination and creativity!

It used to be you couldn’t walk by a vendor’s booth without seeing somewhat lackluster representatives standing next to a table handing out pamphlets. But as products for teachers and students become more interactive, so have vendors’ booths–through innovative space layout, eye-catching colors, or themed decor–attracting educators with the promise of ‘something-cool-is-going-on-here.’

Were you at ISTE 2013? What booth, technology, or product caught your eye? What were some of your overall observations and thoughts about the 2013 conference? Leave your comments below or tweet me @eSN_Meris.

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(Next page: Check out some of these booths!)

[In alphabetical order]

1. Acer: A hardware and electronics corporation with a focus on education. This art was eye-catching.

 

2. airwatch: A mobile device management (MDM) company. Watch its education solution video. What better way to attract attention than to feature a bigger-than-life-size tablet? And the candy didn’t hurt.

 

3. Blackboard K-12: An education technology solutions company. Watch this video. The fluid design and bright colors made for a pop of brightness.
4. BOXLIGHT: A resource for DLP and LCD projectors. This company displayed fresh flowers as a nice touch, and had plenty of room to accommodate crowds of curious educators.

 

5. Edmentum: A provider of online learning programs designed to drive student achievement for academic and career success. Neon stripes for the win! Educators noticed this booth’s bright display.

 

6. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: An educational and trade publisher. Everyone loves Curious George.

7. LEGO Education: Robotics and hands-on STEM tools and resources for students and teachers. The LEGO robots and building kits attracted the attention of seasoned and novice ISTE-goers alike.

 

 

8. Moodlerooms: An education technology company focusing on online teaching. The old-time diner display was an instant hit.
9. ODYSSEYWARE: A provider of online eLearning solutions to schools. A bus parked on the exhibit hall floor definitely attracted attention.

 

10. Turning Technologies: A provider of audience response systems (student response systems). This camping set-up was an original idea, and as a bonus, it offered plentiful seating.