Our tips for ISTE 2018

Dan KempBlog, Education

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Here’s our guide for which sessions to attend at #ISTE18 (particularly if you are interested in learning more about Book Creator).

The International Society for Education (ISTE) conference is without doubt one of the leading educational conferences in the world. Last year was the first year that any of us attended, but this year three of our team are coming to Chicago to experience the buzz, meet up with teachers and Book Creator Ambassadors, and go along to as many sessions as we can fit in!

So, we’ve done a great deal of research into which sessions we’d like to go along to. Unfortunately, even after cutting it down, that left 90 sessions that look really interesting! So although we need to pick and choose, I thought it would be useful to share which sessions appealed to us, so if you’re going to ISTE this year, these are the ones we recommend.

We’ve selected these based on their relevance to Book Creator, either because they feature Book Creator explicitly or because they are about creativity, Chromebooks or iPads—or the session is being led by a Book Creator Ambassador or someone we respect.

The must-see sessions

Rethinking the Chromebook as a Creation Device
Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith

Holly and Tanya are the authors of The Google Infused Classroom and pioneers when it comes to presenting on creativity apps. This session focuses on how the Chromebook is much more than a word processor, looking at a variety of creative apps which can be “ChromeSmashed” together. 

Look out for a special Book Creator offer for anyone who attends this session…

Also, if you’re at the Google for Education Playground at 3.25pm on Tuesday, you’ll see Holly making an exclusive announcement about a new Book Creator feature.


Creative Activities with Chromebooks
Rushton Hurley

This session usually focuses on what you can do with the free accounts from WeVideo, Soundtrap and Book Creator, and how teachers can strengthen engagement and raise quality in student work. And if you haven’t seen Rushton present, you’re missing out. Plus Rushton provided the world with perhaps our favourite education quote ever.


One of the highlights of ISTE 2017 for me was seeing Book Creator projected onto a gigantic screen during this session. Leslie is a popular edtech consultant and runs this session every year, always drawing a big crowd. Look out for her announcement of a new Book Creator feature this year!


Tuesday Keynote
Michael Cohen (The Tech Rabbi)

OK, the main keynote of ISTE is always going to be a big pull anyway without us needing to recommend it. However, this year we’re really pleased to see Book Creator Ambassador Michael Cohen stepping up to the podium. Michael is a champion of unleashing creativity and I’m sure this will be a powerful keynote.

Other sessions featuring Book Creator

We’re really thankful to all the teachers who help spread the word about Book Creator. Get along to some of these sessions and you may even win a free copy of the app!

Early Learning Playground
Meet the Book Creator team

On Tuesday morning, from 9.30am to 1pm, we’ll be helping out in the Early Learning Network Playground (thanks for the invite, Gail Lovely). This is your best chance to meet someone from the Book Creator team, as we’ll be hanging around getting teachers to make books in Book Creator, ably supported by a handful of experienced Book Creator Ambassadors. Hope to see you there!

It’s still in discussion, but we might also be at the Digital Storytelling Playground too…


iPad Teacher Academy
Full day immersion in iPad apps

This is an annual learning opportunity at ISTE headed up by Book Creator Ambassadors Christine and Kurt Klynen, supported by a host of Apple Distinguished Educators. Move round the 5 carousels learning about Pages, Keynote, iMovie, GarageBand, and Book Creator.


Create and Communicate: iPads in the Elementary Classroom
Carolyn Skibba & Sue Gorman

You’ll need to arrive early for this one, as the workshop takes place on Saturday morning. I’m disappointed I’ll be missing it as Carolyn and Sue are vastly experienced Book Creator Ambassadors and I’m sure this will be a fantastic learning opportunity.


Taming the Wild Text: 15 Tools for Digital Readers
Dr. Monica Burns

Anyone who’s seen one of our recent webinars will be familiar with Monica already. This session presents 15 technology tools (Book Creator being one of them) to help digital readers. This is one of Monica’s areas of expertise—see her ebook ‘15 ways to use Book Creator for reading responses‘. 


Discover the Authentic Author You Can Be: Creating eBooks for Your Students
Centro Escolar Los Altos

A poster session with various teachers from this school in Mexico, about how to use your teaching portfolio to create eBooks that include course content, videos, demos, artificial reality (AR), and QR codes.


Teacher Tech Tool Box for the iPad Classroom
Jennifer Brachfeld Berne & Dr. Joan McGettigan

This looks like a great session if you’re fairly new to edtech and want to know some of the best apps and strategies to get started with. Joan recently ran a #BookCreator chat on using tech to grow literacy. She’s a very knowledgable teacher. Also look out for their other session, Top 10 Tech Tools for the English Classroom.


Coding Club: Tips, Tricks, Creativity and Fun
Charlotte Billot

This presentation from French Book Creator Ambassador Charlotte Billot (and her family) focuses on coding, but includes a demonstration of how learning was showcased in Book Creator.


5 Big Apps + 5 Little Apps = 10 Amazing Classroom Tools
Bethany Nugent & Carrie Wuensch-Harden

“Every teacher is looking for the perfect app.”


Create, Collaborate, Communicate and Code With Early Learners
Gayle Berthiaume

Book Creator is one of many tools looked at in this session geared towards PK-2 students.

Other sessions that look good

If only it was possible to attend everything!


Further reading

I hope this list is useful to you! Have we missed anything? Do you know of another session that includes Book Creator? Are there any other sessions that you’re particularly looking forward to? Let us know.

If you haven’t already, do check out the must-read tips and survival guide on the official ISTE website. And if you have any other advice, please share it in the comments!

If you’re going to make the most of your time in Chicago, check out Holly Clark’s recommendations for what to do.

And don’t forget, if you can’t make it this year but want to stay involved, follow the #NOTATISTE hashtag on Twitter.

Dan Kemp is Red Jumper's Community Manager. He spends his time spreading the word about Book Creator and supporting people who use it.

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