ISTE 2016 and Summer Break

I'll be at ISTE 2016 in Denver, Colorado from June 24-30 and it's sure to be a whirlwind of EdTech awesomeness. In this post, I go over where and when I'll be presenting, and also what some of my fav session picks are.

ISTE 2016 & Summer Break

I’ve only had one week of summer so far, and I’m just finally starting to hit the point of relaxing a bit.  Pretty soon, I’ll be heading over to Denver, Colorado for ISTE 2016.  I’m super excited to see all my Twitter BFFs in real life, to meet new people and to share about my work.  It’s going to be an insane and amazing whirlwind.  I’m presenting a lot this year and the presentations I’m doing are quite different from my usual concurrent sessions. I’m doing several hands-on and panel sessions this year.  Check out below to see where I’ll be.  Also, check out my recommendations for sessions that I think are going to be awesome.

Where You Can Find Me:

  • Saturday, Mobile Megashare, 2-6 – The Mobile Learning Network puts on this super fun event.  Attendees get to choose four different one hour long sessions by picking and choosing which table to sit at.  I’ll be running a hands-on session on design challenges in makerspaces.

  • Monday, ISTE Librarians Playground, 8-11:30 (I present 9-9:40) – The ISTE Librarians Network hosts this event and it always awesome. The playground is a great way to connect with amazing librarians and educators.  I’ll be hanging out for the first half of the event, and I’ll be presenting on design challenges (same as at the megashare) from 9-9:40

  • Monday, Girls in STEM Snapshot panel, 4:15-5:15 – This is a thirty minute snapshot panel on getting girls involved with STEM.  Me, Colleen Graves and Bev Ball will each be sharing our experiences.  I believe that our session will be the first thirty minutes.

The Amazon Maker Challenge

Some of my top picks for sessions at ISTE 2016:

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.