I’m incredibly appreciative of the support I receive from my administration when it comes to professional development. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the last four ISTE conferences (San Diego, San Antonio, Atlanta, and Philadelphia) and I’m super excited for this year’s event in Denver! There are so many amazing presentations, poster sessions, and informal opportunities to catch up with friends, colleagues, and meet new folks from all over the world.

I’ve learned over the years that it’s impossible to do it all at ISTE; there are only so many hours in a day, and it’s essential to pick and choose how to best spend your time and energy. To that end, I’ve spent some time today trying to organize my schedule for that week. I’d love to highlight a few events that I’ll be helping with at ISTE this year.

Monday, June 27th

8:30-9:30AM: Challenge Students (Or Staff) to Google MyMaps Amazing Race


I met the amazing Josh Gauthier at Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View, CA a few years ago, and we’ve worked together on a few different projects since then. This will be our first time presenting together, and I’m really looking forward to it! We’ll be hosting an Amazing Race event that is focused on helping students and colleagues learn the ins and outs of Google Apps for Education. I was beyond thrilled to hear that it recently sold out! :)

5:00-7:00PM: ISTE Raspberry Pi Jam


As a group of Pi enthusiasts and Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, we thought it would be great to bring together other Pi lovers to share their cool projects at ISTE. ISTE has been awesome to offer us the Poster Board Session space on Monday June 27 from 5pm-7pm. This will give us a spot for people to showcase their cool Pi Projects and to do some fun projects with people that are new to Raspberry Pi. If you’re interested in learning a bit more about Raspberry Pi, and seeing some awesome projects, feel free to drop by CCC Lobby D, Table Tables 1-8, 21-42. If you’ve got some experience working with Raspberry Pi and would be interested in showcasing some of your work, we’d love to hear about it! Would you mind filling out this form? 

Tuesday, June 28th

9:30-1:00PM CUE SteamPunk Playground


Hands down, one of the wackiest, funniest, and most knowledgeable group of folks I know is the CUE SteamPunk crew. And this event should be nothing short of incredible:

Interested in incorporating STEAM in your classroom? Not sure where to start? Come learn and play with robots, drones, programming tools and more to encourage creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and coding and how to incorporate them into your own curriculum. Hands-on fun is in store! Leave with lessons and a love for STEAM in your classroom. Stop by to see the future of teaching that you can join right now at the CUE STEAMpunk Playground located in CCC Concourse E. 

10:00-12:00 Maker Education Challenge


This is the first in what will undoubtedly become an annual event! The Maker Education Challenge, hosted by the Nerdy Teacher himself, Nick Provenzano, and featuring Diana Rendina, Colleen Graves, Bill Selak, and Jeff Branson, will join novice makers for the ultimate maker challenge. Starting with a challenge prompt, each team led by Master Makers will use the same materials to create an effective solution to the prompt. Join us to discover what creations lie ahead and be inspired. Refreshments will be provided for both Maker Teams and observers. Location: Embassy Suites, Crestone Ballroom, Salon A.


I’m so excited to continue working, learning, and having a blast with the incredible folks at ISTE this year! It’s shaping up to be a truly remarkable event and I hope to see you there!