I felt like I’d just unpacked my suitcase from ISTE 2018 when Edsurge came out with 60+ K-12 Education Technology Events in 2018-2019. So instead of doing what a sane person would do by sticking a beach chair in the sand and soaking up the summer rays, I plugged conference dates into my Google calendar!
Much like teachers all across the country, edtech leaders like me attend conferences to learn about innovative and trendsetting edtech programming and strategies. Here is my advice for making the most of your time at conferences and bringing back valuable resources that will drive your district’s edtech decision making for the upcoming school year.
Find your people
Take advantage of the national/state chief technology officer (CTO) sessions at all the major conferences. These CTO sessions are geared toward superintendents, technology directors, and curriculum leaders. It’s a great way to meet new colleagues and share best practices and solutions to our common edtech challenges.
It’s all about me
Who has not been guilty of moving towards shiny objects on the expo floor that result in a very exhausting and unproductive experience? Prior to attending a conference, work with your district technology committee to develop a list of vendors that focus on your upcoming initiatives. Emailing or direct-messaging companies to set up one-on-one meetings at the conference will ensure that the sales reps have technology solutions that are personalized for your district.
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