It all started on Sunday, June 15th…..sitting around, beginning to get a bit “misty-eyed” seeing all the tweets about “getting ready for ISTE……
and I thought back to last year, when my buddy Dennis Grice hosted the #NOTATISTE13 group — and I thought “well, since Dennis will BE AT ISTE this year, maybe I should continue what he started.”
So, without really much thought — I created a google form where people could join the group — posted it to twitter and expected maybe 20 people or so to join.
Our community on Google Plus became very active and our #NOTATISTE14 hashtag was beginning to fill-up my twitter page —
so, I also then created a twitter @notatiste account (so my @jenwagner friends would not get bombarded with #NOTATISTE14 overflowing of tweets)
With the help of Vicky Sedgwick, badges for the conference were created and then ribbons began to appear.
A Voxer group began (but I cannot seem to get Voxer to work so someone else can tell that story).
We also had a #NOTATISTE14 challenge – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lHkZCYjnJ-guotNL887o0ehj5A6aLRRAZnPD4BRhZp8/edit?usp=sharing and a Google Presentation to introduce yourself to others – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1foJQthDV0tX4fbV3pvA5jK82K512oqNGeTNjyfqYx3g/edit?usp=sharing .
Pictures began to appear of where we were when we were #NOTATISTE14. Links of family, friends, and events began to appear as well.
And our community began to grow — not only though in numbers — but in friendship and comradery.
We all are learning new things – pushing each other with new opportunities — and sharing sharing sharing.
We have 2 more days of #NOTATISTE14 — so right now, the snowball of opportunities has just begun.
And because of #NOTATISTE14 — I also got to see this: (3 of my favorite people in 1 picture)
I have no idea WHAT will happen in the next 48 hours — but so far, I am just jumping with joy!!
THANK YOU all for your enthusiasm.
This has been great fun!