In just about 4 days, I will head over to ISTE 2012.
This ISTE will be much different than the last time it was here — 2006. Way back then, I knew just a few people in the Ed-Tech World (Janet Barnstable, Sharon Peters, David Warlick) and there was no such thing as a Blogger’s Cafe. It was very easy to remain anonymous, stay towards the back, and leave with information but not a lot of contacts. Some of that my fault — and some not. Remember, twitter and skype were 1 year away from hitting most of our radars.
Jump forward to 2012 — a TOTALLY different ISTE is approaching.
I play to LAUGH — MUCH and with MANY. I do so enjoy my network of friends and I do so much enjoy catching up on what is going on in their lives and I enjoy laughing with them.
I plan to LISTEN — I plan to take the opportunity to listen to as many conversations as I possibly can. Whether it be in ANY of the “social lounges” or in a traditional session setting or any number of events — I plan to listen.
I play to LEARN — There is so much I don’t know and there is so much I want to know. I have overloaded my schedule with sessions so I can place myself in areas where I can be a sponge and just learn learn learn….. The 3 areas I am going to spend the most time in learning will be: iPad information, Digital Citizenship and 1:1 deployment.
I plan to LEVERAGE — At times, I will also speak up and share my understanding of things I am concerned or passionate about. And I will introduce everyone I meet to someone I have met — so, if you meet me — expect to meet 4 or 5 others as well.
I plan to LEAVE — More equipped to be a better employee at my work and helping staff become even more comfortable and ready to embrace so many opportunities. I shall be exhausted but I shall also be re-charged.
I am so looking forward to seeing so many friends in the next week…..
I am looking forward to learning so much in the next week……
It is going to be great.