While ISTE is technically over, the Twitter and Facebook streams are alive and well. (Follow Twitter hashtag #iste12 if interested.) I love how the learning and social connections live on long after an event occurs.
I noticed an increased focus on lifting teachers' spirits and helping them see that they really are valued. Teachers often feel helpless to facilitate change but there was definitely a concerted effort to help teachers feel empowered in concrete ways.
I noticed there was some leadership bashing. If you're trying to help teachers feel empowered, it's not helpful to contribute to the idea that they are all alone out there and the district or upper level administrators don't care. Yes, I took this personally. I attend a lot of meetings and I often marvel at how focused everyone is on assisting teachers, schools and students. I know my team in particular works very hard at being advocates for those in the trenches.
I love that I saw a lot of new faces at SocialEdCon (previously known as EduBloggerCon). It's so important to encourage new ideas and welcome in new participants.
I also saw a lot of new faces in the Bloggers' Cafe. I wonder if this means people are finally getting over the "intimidation" factor.
I saw myself not caring anymore about some people in my network who for some reason or another make it very difficult to connect. Maybe I just don't want to try so hard anymore. is that wrong?
I love that I was able to deepen my relationships with so many very smart and really nice people who I only knew before and now I call friends.
More people than ever came up to me and told me they follow me on Twitter. I wasn't creeped out and in fact, I took it as a compliment.
Nobody called me a Rock Star. Either I am no longer one, or people finally realize it makes others uncomfortable. Either way, I'm glad.
I also learned about some tools from a productivity and integration standpoint. My favorite is an iPad app called Soundnote. It allows you to record audio and add tags or notes. When you play back the recording, you can click on your words and the audio jumps to that place in the audio. You can share the document with others and it works for them as well (even if they don't have the app; in which case it displays the time code of the audio so you can scrub to it yourself).
What were some of your takeaways? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.