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ISTE Unplugged: This year, let’s add a little diversity.

Although I annually have a real issue with this exclusionary event (even though I know it is open to anyone that want to attend but it really is a bunch of white middle class educators getting together and very little diversity)  I keep thinking that “This year will be the year” that the group picture taken at the end of the event will actually look like the population of the United States and not the membership of the Republican National Committee…

But hope springs eternal…Maybe you can crash the party and put a little diversity into the proceedings…—TBH

From the announcement: 

ISTE Unplugged is a series of independent events that take place in, around, and with the support of the annualISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference.

Boy, have we got some fun this year! (Hint: look at the “unplugged keynotes” section below.)

All of these events are free and do not require signing up (except maybe the Saturday night party—keep a watch on my blog or at at http://www.ISTEunplugged.com), so come join us. The Global Education Summit and the Bloggers’ Cafe do require that you are actually attending ISTE—and a HUGE thanks to ISTE for making all of this possible!

Saturday, June 22rd - HACK EDUCATION 2013: Audrey Watters of Hack Educationco-chairs our all-day flagship event this year, as we yet again rebrand our “unconference” on teaching and learning (originally EduBloggerCon and called SocialEdCon last year) to “Hack Education.” In our seventh year, this event typically draws 200 - 300 participants from around the world. We start by building a session schedule together and then spend the rest of the day in engaged conversations around amazing topics.

Saturday, June 23rd Evening - AFTER PARTY!: After a banner inaugural partner last year, we’ll again have an unconference “After Party” from 7 - 9pm.  More details to come!

Sunday, June 24th Afternoon - GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT: Another return event, the Global Ed Summit is a 3-hour mini-conference organized by Lucy Gray and me for those interested in globally-connecting students and teachers, and a physical followup to the hugely popular online Global Education Conference.

Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27th - UNPLUGGED KEYNOTES: Still in planning stages, this year we are planning a set of pre-dinner short keynotes by some exceptional folks who’ve strangely never been asked to keynote the actual ISTE conference. Get ready!
Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27th - THE BLOGGERS’ CAFE: Also in it’s seventh year now, the Bloggers’ Cafe is an informal, couch-chairs-floor gathering area in the conference center for bloggers, social media mavens, and anyone else who wants to find and connect with others. A beehive of constant activity and conversation, the Bloggers’ Cafe makes it hard to go do anything else once you discover it.

Those interested in sponsoring ISTE Unplugged or a specific event should contact me direct at steve@hargadon.com.

Spread the word, and hope to see you there!


Steve Hargadon