ISTE 2018 is Here!!

It is my favorite time of year again. ISTE time!

Now, I know that I have been kind of quiet lately. This is not because I have had nothing to say, it is because life has gotten crazy!! Between STEM Read events and podcasts (listen to our latest episode featuring Todd Burleson and Andrea Beaty), working with amazing teachers doing PD and the fact that my youngest graduated from high school – my schedule has been packed! And, this week is the cherry on top of the awesome – ISTE 2018!!

I love the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and all the things they do for education. Not to mention, their conferences are totally amazing! Last year I came home from San Antonio with new ideas, new tools, and new friends. (Read more about my ISTE 2107 adventures on recap post.) This year, ISTE is in Chicago and I could not be more excited. There is something surreal about having it right in your own backyard. Ok, not quite my backyard but close. It’s in the same state.

The NIU STEM Read team has been super busy creating some really cool things for ISTE. Most of the fun is centered on Andy Weir and his books, The Martian and Artemis. We have gamified both of his books and will be rolling them out at our PD Part in Space!! on Tuesday night. Follow the link to learn more. There is even still time to register.

STEM Read Professional Development Party in Space with Andy Weir
Tickets still available – register at

We will be busy at ISTE as well. You can visit the Northern Illinois University booth on the expo floor (both #2189) to learn more about NIU College of Education, Graduate programs and all things NIU STEAM and STEM Read. You can also catch me, my co-presenters and Andy Weir at various presentations during the conference. See our schedule below. Oh – and Andy Weir will be at the NIU booth on Wednesday from 10:45 – 11:15.

  • STEM Read: Explore the Science Behind the Fiction
    Monday, June 25, 11 a.m.—1 p.m. Location—ICE Showcase
  • Personalized PD for Personalized Student Learning Through Technology
    Monday, June 25, 2:00—4:00 p.m. Posters; Location—Level 3, Skyline Ballroom, Table 38
  • Tuesday Keynote with Andy Weir, Katie Martin, Ph.D. and Michael Cohen
    Tuesday, June 26, 8:15—9:45 a.m.  Location—W375/Skyline
  • Gamifying Artemis: Learn the STEM and Live the Book with Andy Weir
    Tuesday, June 26, 1:15—2:15 p.m. Location—Prairie (r)
  • Fiction to Fuel STEAM Learning with Andy Weir and STEM Read
    Tuesday, June 26, 2:45—3:45 p.m. Location—W181a
  • Professional Development in SPACE with Andy Weir and STEM Read
    Tuesday, June 26, 6:00—8:00 p.m. Location—1871 Chicago’s Technology & Entrepreneurship Center  Register @
  • Literature and Computational Thinking: They Do Compute!
    Wednesday, June 27, 8:30—9:30 a.m. Location—W194b

It is going to be a great week. There are some many things I’m excited to see and do. Now I need to stop writing and start packing! The NIU STEAM STEM Read team is leaving bright and early tomorrow morning.

P.S. I promise that more posts are coming soon. I’ll have a list of things to review and share with you next week. If you have missed my posts, click over to Coaching for Geeks where I have a few guest posts.

See you at ISTE! Be sure to say Hi!

HotPinkTech at ISTE



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