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To those educators who were at ISTE in spirit, but not in body, we salute you! Because we love to share what we learn, here’s a recap of our inspiring expo experience. We counted: 21,000 registered attendees, 76 countries represented, 1,000 sessions, 550 exhibitors, and 149,000+ tweets with #ISTE2015 during the four-day event!
Anthro and Ergotron joined forces to show attendees their winning combination of charging carts, cabinets, and standing desks. We enjoyed seeing everyone at our booth and had great conversations about ed tech and flow in the classroom. We made many new friends and left with happy memories — and hope you did, too.
At the gigantic Pennsylvania Convention Center, visitors were wowed by our new Ergotron LearnFit standing desk. “Teachers liked the idea of supporting kids who need to stand or move,” said Julia Griffiths, product manager at Anthro, “so their favorite feature was height adjustment. As they got into the product, they started to really like the mobility and small size because they could easily reconfigure their classrooms.” Judges of Tech & Learning magazine’s prestigious Best of Show awards program were equally enthusiastic and selected the LearnFit as a 2015 great product.
A close second in popularity was the Ergotron ZIP and Anthro YES Chromebook charging carts. They each offer unique features, and depending on the application, either would be a welcome addition to most classrooms, media rooms, or libraries. The excitement in our booth was also boosted by giveaways and interactive demonstrations.
As an ISTE participant-at-large, stay in the know by following these hashtags: #ISTE2015, #ISTEStandards, #CCSS, and #ProjectReimaginED, and of course, #NotAtISTE15 and our own contribution, #FindYourTribe.
Search for keywords used by presenters addressing today’s hottest ed tech topics. Some ideas: Instructional design (356 sessions); Coding (166 sessions); PD & Coaching (142 sessions); Innovative learning environments (107 sessions); Communication and collaboration tools (76 sessions).
Here are three other recaps or reports-from-the-field, on a variety of social media channels:
Maureen Yoder, faculty member at Lesley University, offers a video tour of the Expo Hall (the size of five football fields!) and shares some of her favorite gadgets.
Want updates about new product releases from the big corporate players, such as Google and McGraw-Hill? EdSurge, an independent ed tech community, has an ISTE 2015 Roundup of the latest news.
Looking for inspiration and words of wisdom? Imagine Easy curates the top 14 “nuggets” from Day 1: slideshare and Day 2: slideshare.
Is there anything you missed at ISTE 2015 that can’t be replicated virtually? Yes, walking! The average attendee covered 24 miles over four days. That’s enough exercise to burn about 2,400 calories, or nearly four Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.
We’re excited for what’s next in ed tech. Educators, continue using technology to invent the future, and we promise to continue to support your efforts.
See you at ISTE 2016 in Denver!