At ISTE, we're working on creating a web page full of useful information for first-time conference attendees. To all you returning attendees, what is your advice for newcomers?
What did you wish you knew before your first conference?
What did you do differently your second time around?
What is one tip or trick everyone should know?
I'll take as little or as much input as you want to provide, anything you think would be helpful.
-Wear comfortable shoes.
-Pack some snacks in case you're in a long session.
-Bring a notepad in case your electronic device runs out of battery life.
-If you have a lengthy approval process to attend, I would start paperwork in January. Airline prices skyrocket (Delta went from $500 up to $800), some of the best hotels book up, and all of the good workshops fill up by April.
Before my first conference, I wish I knew to pick backup sessions in case my primary session was full.
My second time around, I heavily planned with groupon coupons for certain meals and also what sites I wanted to see around the city. I tried to lay out the exhibit hall to make sure that I was going specifically to the booths that I wanted to see first. If I had more down time, I would wander around and see new products.
My one tip is that you should plan your time at ISTE to ensure that you get the most out of it, but also plan your time outside of ISTE. I know some people would rather go back to their room and relax, but with every year I try to top my experience with something new and more exciting.
This year, the Vans Warped Tour will be on the evening of the last day of the conference.
Good to know. Thanks for the info!
One of the most useful things I realised in my very first year at ISTE was to get a backpack! What a relief to have handsfree..and a place to keep all those 'thingys' that you collect. There's a LOT of walking involved, of course, so comfortable shoes were a great help too.
Not sure if it's too late to share this but I wrote some of my mistakes made at last year's conference which was my first ISTE! Here is the link.. http://allkidscanflourish.blogspot.com/2011/06/11-mistakes-i-made-a...
Hope to meet many new faces there very soon!
This will be my first ISTE and I am super psyched. I was fortunate enough to be invited to present with Brainpop so I believe a lot of my time is accounted for and that's fine (might be less stress trying to figure out every workshop to attend, etc.). I'll take in the whole experience. However, I think I made my first rookie mistake. I figure the conference was Monday - Wednesday so made my travel plans to arrive on Sunday evening. Well, I'm bummed that I will miss the Keynote (I love Sir Ken Robinson) and some of the earlier activities (#edchat meetup, Saturday pre-conference events, etc.). So, I'm trying to put it behind me and embrace the awesomeness that awaits. If you see me, please don't tell me how incredible Ken Robinson and the panel keynote were :)
See you in San Diego!!!
Others have said much of this but here are a few of the ideas I always try to remember:
Traveling to San Diego? I always end up spending a lot of time research the city I'm going to for ISTE. Since ISTE is in my hometown this year (Yay $ savings!) I've set up a google site that may help those coming to town for the conference ISTE12SanDiego Hope it helps!
Ditto what everyone else has said so far!
We put our advice for ISTE in rap form... check it out: http://flocabulary.com/iste2012