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I am fortunate that a “perk” of being a district edtech coach is that I get to go to ISTE each year. Truly, it is my personal professional development. I come back with a wealth of ideas, new contacts, and resources to help support district efforts all year long. It also allows me to see where my district falls — Are we on pulse or behind? — information which I share with administrators. The most valuable piece of ISTE for the last two years for me has been adding to my Personal Learning Network or getting to meet people I’ve interacted with in the virtual world in person. Being the only coach in my district can be isolating, but each year I’ve walked away meeting amazing new people who are happy to help me.
Now that I’ve been back from Denver for a little bit, I wanted to reflect on some common themes I found throughout the conference. Know that if you attend ISTE, burnout is real and decompression time is needed! However, when you can wrap your head around it all, you’ll realize what an experience it was!
Did you attend ISTE or another edtech conference this year? What was your takeaway? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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