2. Or maybe virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are more your speed. If you plan your ISTE schedule right, you can find out how to immerse students in learning via VR and AR, or you can engage in a debate about whether VR is a simply a novelty, or if it is truly effective for learning.

Innovative keynote speakers are scheduled to inspire educators as they discuss brain science, STEM, creative instigation, and leadership.

3. Neuroscientist David Eagleman, Ph.D., a bestselling author, professor, speaker, inventor, and adviser, uses his knowledge of the brain to not only break down how it works, but to show how you can change your own thinking and find more creativity in your daily life. Reviewers of his book The Brain: The Story of You promise that “on every page there is a revelation so fantastic as to make one gasp.”

4. Nadia Lopez, Ph.D., was launched from a Brooklyn public middle school principal to an educational celebrity overnight when one of her students credited her as the greatest influence in his life on the Humans of New York blog. Today, this founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy uses her platform to encourage and assist underprivileged communities in creating their own positive impacts.

5. Andy Weir, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Martian (also a major motion picture starring Matt Damon) and the bestselling novel, Artemis, knows the power of STEM subjects. A software engineer for more than two decades, Weir encourages students to be more creative and envision a colorful future through the power of science.

6. Katie Martin, Ph.D.:, is the head of partnerships for the West at AltSchool and the former director of district leadership for the Buck Institute for Education. A leader, teacher, and speaker, Martin’s experience continues to guide her belief that if we want to change how students learn, we must change how educators learn.

7. Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator, and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society.

This year’s conference also offers a number of new initiatives.

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8. ISTE U provides a virtual hub for educators to build skills in digital age pedagogies and competencies. Courses are designed by leading content experts to ensure they’re research-based and impactful. Rack up graduate-level credit while leveling up on critical topics like digital citizenship, computational thinking, and artificial intelligence.

9. The new ISTE Ed-tech Advisor helps educators confidently find and share critical information about education tools, technology, and apps to inform purchasing and implementation decisions. ISTE members can use this data-driven review and ratings platform to get feedback and context from a trusted community of educators.

10. ISTE events are innovative learning experiences that feed teacher inspiration and practice. There are now more opportunities to expand your horizons and dig deeper on topics like coding, digital creation, and edtech leadership. New upcoming events include the No Fear Coding Lab in Detroit in October and the Creative Constructor Lab in Seattle in November.

You can check out the full conference program here, and follow the conference on Twitter using #ISTE18.

Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura