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Two Presentations – Ten Minutes

This year, I have the pleasure of attending my first-ever ISTE conference, thanks to the good folks at my new workplace, Forward Edge.

I also have the added privilege of giving two presentations!

My “Five Rules of Design Thinking to Reach All Students” presentation was accepted as part of “ISTE Ignite Sessions – Round 1” on Sunday, June 26 at 1:30 PM (MDT, 3:30 PM EDT).  The Ignite format means I have prepared 20 slides, and they will auto-advance every 15 seconds, giving me a grand total of five minutes for my presentation.  I’ve done versions of my “Five Rules” work in lots of different time blocks (fifteen minute TEDx, one hour, two hour, all-day ), but this will be my first time doing it in the five-minute Ignite format.  As difficult as that sounds, it’s all about the preparation, and being settled on just exactly what I want to say for each of my slides, and “sticking to the script”.

Then, I will team up with my friend Stacy Hawthorne to be part of a forum session titled “Making Ed Tech Stick!”  Multiple presenters will again have five minutes each to talk about proven strategies that have helped schools use educational technology to truly transform the way we teach.  My presentation there will be titled “Three Big Fat Lies Tech Coordinators Tell”.  Two presentations.  Ten minutes.  And lots of opportunity to enjoy and learn from others’ presentations along with mine!

Will you be at ISTE?  Or perhaps you will be part of the #NotAtISTE16 crowd?  Either way, I look forward to learning from the overwhelming amount of interaction that comes out of this conference every year!

Learn more about the Ignite format, and see some great Ignite talks at their website, IgniteTalks.io.

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#OETCx Encienda

That title makes no sense to most of you.  I’ll parse it out a little.

#OETCx – OETC is the Ohio Educational Technology Conference.  An official “Alt Conference” happens during one day of the event.  This “AltConference” is titled OETCx.

Encienda –  Spanish translation of “Ignite“.  The official description: “Join us for a refreshing twist on the traditional conference session. OETCx participants will offer a series of “lightning presentations.” Each presenter will have 5 minutes to share an idea, broken down into 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds.”

I had the great privilege of being one of the presenters for this session.  My five-minute presentation was titled “Three Big Fat Lies that Technology Coordinators Tell.”

Central idea: What really matters in educational technology is not whether it helps us get things done easier, quicker, or more efficiently.  What matters is if it is engaging (fun).  That’s when ed tech implementation “sticks”.