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ISTE 2012 – Day 2 Highlights


Dr. Yong Zhao

Tuesday Keynote – I had the good sense to arrive early for Tuesday’s keynote with Yong Zhao – Wow! Here’s a keynote worth watching. Entertaining and thought provoking, with gems like “You can’t teach creativity, but you can kill it” and ““I’m for the Common Core, as long as it’s not common, or the core.” In his walk through PISA testing, Zhao made a strong case for the importance of building student confidence, a corner stone for entrepreneurship.

Fusing Library and Technology – A literary approach to digital citizenship – I thoroughly enjoyed the hour with librarians Jenni Voorhees and Angela Smith. I picked this session to learn how other educators are incorporating digital citizenship  into the core curriculum (as opposed to a stand-alone curriculum) and I left with a list of suggested literature to help students connect story lines to their own lives.

I’m glad to have the link to Jenni and Angela’s Prezi, which combines research, such as danah boyd’s The Drama! Teen Conflict, Gossip, and Bullying in Networked Publics, combined with teacher/librarian observations – and includes a wonderful video of  a 4th grade book talk on  Operation Redwood.

Here’s their list of books with digital citizenship connections:

ISTE Ignites – I’m glad I managed to elbow my way into the Tuesday Ignites, which were every bit as energizing as Monday’s sessions.  The Highlights and Reactions to the ISTE Ignite Session video will give you a window into why this model of is so popular.

ISTE 2012

 Day 2 of ISTE was not just about attending sessions. The opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues throughout the day and into the evening was a huge bonus. The day included some wonderful f2f  meet ups, starting with meeting Anne Murchinson on the morning shuttle ride, sharing a Mexican dinner with Andrea Cascia,  connecting with Microsoft 2012 US Forum peeps at the EdTech Karaoke, while listening to MERIT mentor Diane Main rock the rooftop – and continuing “connect the dots” through late night conversations with NWP colleagues   Natalie Bernasconi and Sandy Hayes.


  1. So appreciate your posts on ISTE as there is no way I can be involved there on top of all my other things. My life is always one of straddling between multiple worlds. (Back when I published my books there was also NCSS, NCHE, etc.) So thanks!

    I’m very alert to issues of digital citizenship — this year my school decided to make all our student blogs private. My class one too. I get why, but I’m sad about it as well. Big difference for the kid audience wise. But I insisted on a way to get their stuff out and so have a new blog for projects. Only two posts so far (summer reading suggestions and our Alice in Wonderland book trailers), but it is a start. (Don’t know if you saw my series on doing the book trailers on educating alice, but I was somewhat thinking of you as you as you were urging me to do video long ago.)

    • Monica, I just visited your book trailer posts – and am thrilled to see that the release of Africa Is My Home is just around the corner. I’m already at work on a list of students that, as 5th graders, I promised an autographed copy to as soon as it was available. Bravo, my friend!

      I’ll be posting in just a bit on highlights from ISTE Day 3, with a focus on digital citizenship:-)

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