I guess 3rd time is the charm — because (humbly saying of course) — this NOT AT ISTE was the best so far.
We great from 700 members to almost 1,200 members in 4 days.
And it was a busy busy place.
Hats off, Confetti Thrown, and Huge Thanks first must go to Peggy George, Vicky Sedgwick, Tony Vincent, and all the people who helped gather door prizes for this event. (We ended up giving away almost 60 door prizes)
Vicky does such an exceptional job with the ribbons for the badge share and Peggy outdid herself this year with the Livebinder of resources. Plus, to help Tony out with his periscopes — he recruited note takers to gather info as he talked — and they are pretty pretty cool.
Last year we had 5 IGNITE sessions and this year we had 13! Plus, we added a new component of Green Screen (thanks to Tony, Jen Roberts, and James Kosako) so that our NOTATISTE’s could take pictures as if they were ATISTE!
The #NOTATISTE hashtag was used by SO MANY people this year that it made the ability to jump into periscopes, notes, hangouts, and more so much easier than before. THANK YOU to everyone for sharing that hashtag out!!
There was a voxer group (though since I am not on voxer, I have no clue what went on) that was FANTASTIC and they even had a Karaoke night which was great fun!!
What continues to work in this community, in my mind at least, is the simplicity of it. Though we have a major plan — we want to be able to enjoy the learning opportunities at ISTE while not being at ISTE — there is no huge agenda, no meetings to plan, no rules of conduct, no boss or manager. As people see a need, people help work that need. If someone has an idea of something they want done, they do it. For me, it is wonderful to sit back and watch people flourish with enthusiasm.
So — as we plan for the NEXT NOTATISTE — yes, it is a go for next year as well……here are some of my thoughts.
#1 — I plan to BE AT ISTE next year — it is in San Antonio and I adore the River Walk and this year, I need to go see the Alamo instead of just walking by it every day. So, as Dennis Grice passed NOTATISTE to me, I will be passing it on as well. Peggy George and Vicky Sedgwick are my top 2 choices and I know they will take good care of this group! I will still hope to be involved, but hope my help will come from San Antonio. But even if I don’t go to SA, I think after being the host for 3 years, it is time to pass the torch on.
#2 — We need to have a better portal than the Google Community. Perhaps a weebly or a google website. But we need a portal that allows information to be seen more clearly. A lot of people commented that they could not find things. And even though the welcome letter (filled with info) was pinned to the top of the community and all the links were right under the community info, people still said they could not find things. So perhaps having a different portal with TABS of information might be helpful. AND we also need a video for welcome and info — perhaps even a new one each day — to help people stay informed.
#3 — Tony Vincent is a MUST again next year. Even though I know he was frustrated with his connectivity….we were just grateful for everything he shared out. And since many people NOTATISTE did not have an hour to follow him through posters, the 5 minutes of connection time was great. Plus, he archived it all — (AND MADE YOUTUBES for when things didn’t go as planned) — so we are all happy campers….and if he is willing, we need him back next year.
#4 — Our IGNITES were so successful but some were not IGNITES — they were sessions. So perhaps, just maybe, we should have the option for people to submit session ideas as well. The IGNITERS would have 5 minutes, 20 slides….but those who wanted a bit more time, could share at a session.
#5 — Something new —- however, I have no idea what this will be.
Each year, we add a new idea (this year was Green Screen) so that we don’t continue to replicate the same community each year. But what this new idea will be — well, I will leave that up to the new hosts.
There is a lot that I am probably forgetting and TOO MANY people to thank that if I start mentioning one at a time, I will forget someone…..
So — for now, I will just say “THANK YOU for another good NOTATISTE” — I could not have done it without you, nor would I have wanted to do it without you.
For those of you who periscoped, twittered, shared links, created a hangout and more….that opened a door so that we at NOTATISTE could participate ATISTE from afar, we thank you.
And for those of you who participated or helped in NOTATISTE — via the challenge, pictures, tweets, comments, polls, badge creations, karaoke, voxer, and more — THANK YOU. It was a blast.