ISTE Bucket List – Our Top 10

ISTE Bucket List – Our Top 10


Rachael and I are looking forward to heading to ISTE this weekend and getting to chance to meet amazing tech educators.

We loved reading Jennifer LeGarde’s Bucket List for ISTE 2014 so much that we decided to create our own!

1. EdTechWomen Leadership Dinner For an industry dominated by women (74% of public school teachers are women), we are consistently surprised by how few women there are in educational technology. So we are excited that EdTechWomen is advocating for more women leaders in our field, and we’re looking forward to connecting with other amazing women at this dinner.

2. ISTE Pitch Fest – On the topic of women leaders, we were shocked that last year’s Pitch Fest did not include a single woman founder in its line up. I hope there are some great women founders among those presenting this year. We’re especially looking forward to hearing Lindsey Tropf introducing her company Immersed Games, and to find out more about News-O-Matic and Modular Robotics.

3. ISTE Ignite – ISTE has taken inspiration from the Pecha Kucha movement in which designers share their ideas in 20 slides for 20 seconds each. The slides advance automatically, often leaving the speakers scrambling to finish their thoughts or stuck on a slide with nothing else to say. Kinda nerve-wracking for the presenter, kinda fun for the audience. I’ve seen these style presentations in art and architecture, but I’m interested to see ISTE’s version of the 20 slides in 5 minutes. Will speakers advance their own slides? Or be at the mercy of the automatic advance? There are four of these sessions sprinkled throughout the conference, so I hope to catch at least one.

4. Special Education Innovation Reception – As an advocate for kids who struggle, I’m looking forward to meeting other innovators in the special education space.

5. Startup Pavilion – Since we launched Addimals at ISTE last year, we have a fondness for checking out the latest startup products. We’ll definitely be cruising by the startup pavilion in the expo hall.

6. Explore and Create BYOD – I signed up for a couple of these, including one on Mobile Accessibility Tools and another on UDL with Google Tools. I hope they are as hands-on as they promise to be. We all learn best when it’s hands-on!

7. Posting to Pinterest – Jennifer LeGarde included posting to Pinterest in her bucket list, and I thought it was a great idea. I’ve been using Pinterest for a while to keep track of recipes, diy projects, and nursery design, but I am just discovering how great it is for sharing teaching resources. I’ll be posting to my ISTE 2014 Discoveries board throughout the week. Check it out and start your own ISTE board, so I can grab pins, too!

8. Local TV anyone? – Last year at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, Dana and Rachael got picked up by the local news and were also invited to talk on the morning news show San Antonio Living. This one’s a stretch, but I’m hoping we’ll get picked up on some local news in Atlanta. Any takers?


9. Connect over Chocolate – Dana and Rachael met those newscasters as they were passing out bottles of water on the super-hot streets of San Antonio. Hopefully we’ll meet some of you this year as we hand out chocolates in Atlanta. Let’s connect over chocolate!

10. Open to Opportunities – Finally, I’m open to other opportunities that may arise. Any suggestions? Want to meet up at ISTE? Shoot us an email,

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See you at ISTE!