In case you missed the 2014 ISTE conference, eSchool News has compiled a list of some of the best interactions and feedback from Twitter

tweets-ISTE-2014Last month, the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta surpassed expectations. With more than 16,000 in attendance, educators and tech experts nationwide engaged in a series of lively seminars on the latest in innovation and education.

As the biggest ed-tech conference in the nation, it should come as no surprise that the conversation extended beyond the conference. Many participants took to Twitter to reflect and opine on some of the most relevant issues discussed, and eSchool News wants to share that list with you.

Is there something omitted which you think deserves our attention? Tell us why by sharing your views and opinions in the comments section below and joining the discussion on Twitter at @eschoolnews.

While acknowledging the importance of technology in education, Tom Murray, an eSchool News contributor and the State & District Digital Learning Policy & Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education, stressed the importance of human interaction. “My best resource from ISTE was people,” he said.

(Next page: More personal accounts from ISTE2014)

Erin Klein, a 2014 Teacher of the Year, also emphasizes mutual respect and interpersonal communication. “Teach every child in your room as if they’re a member of your family.” For greater introspection and details from the conference, read Erin’s full post on her blog.

Angela Watson, founder of Due Season Press & Educational Services, summarizes some of the “aha moments” that impacted her the most in 2014. Read her full reflection on her website, The Cornerstone for Teachers.

Jeff Charbonneau, a 2013 National Teacher of the Year, suggests that greater attention should be devoted to teaching evaluations instead of teacher evaluations. Apparently, many attendees agree.

Long considered a nuisance and distraction in the classroom, Justin Tarte, director of curriculum & support services in the Union R-XI School District, controversially suggested lifting the ban of cellphones in the classroom. His tweet received scores of comments and more than 300 retweets.

Michael Sharnoff is Associate Online Editor at eSchool News. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_eSM.

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