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President's Message from ISTE 2016

With the summer winding down and the next school year beginning, it also marks the end to another ISTE conference! This was my third ISTE conference that I attended, but this time I was honored to attend as your HSTE President. Aside from several presentation opportunities, I spent a lot of my time at the poster sessions, the playgrounds, and networking at the PLN Lounge and Bloggers Cafe. Meeting and reconnecting with many of the people that I often converse with online is one of my favorite things to do at this conference!

Amanda Adams (ASTE Board), Luke Meinert (ASTE President), Michael Fricano II (HSTE President), Melissa Handy (President Elect)

Thank you to all of those that were able to attend our HSTE & ASTE Meet & Greet event at Stout Street Social. Mike Travis (one of our past presidents) did the research and secured Stout Street Social for us and he picked a great location! The food and venue were amazing and the wait staff were extremely helpful and awesome! We were lucky to get quite a few sponsors for our even this year and they provide some amazing prizes for attendees! You can see all of our sponsors on here.

Here is a great 360° image we took during the Meet & Greet event!

We had a great time at #StoutStreetSocial for our Meet & Greet w/ @ASTEconnect #ISTE2016 #HSTE #ASTE - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Although I had to wake up very early in the morning, one of my best highlights of the conference was attending CoffeeEDU at a local coffee shop. The event is organized by Alice Keeler each year, and this year it was sponsored by Amazon Education. It's a unconference style event that helps to get the mind and the conversations flowing each morning before ISTE begins. Check out my notes and resources I gathered from CoffeeEDU. I even ran into our very own Minecraft and Guru, Shane Asselstine (middle)!

When it comes to keynote speakers, ISTE definitely delivers. My favorite keynote of the conference was famed Futurist, Dr. Michio Kaku, who was both eye-opening and hilarious! Here is one great quote I took from his speech:

Dr. Michio makes compelling predictions about what the future might hold for education. With the rapid advancement of technology, what devices do you imagine students using in 5, 10, or 20 years from now?

I was able to meet up with Rachel Armstrong to present with her prize check of $500 for winning our HSTE to ISTE video contest earlier this year. Congratulations again to Rachel and to our runner up, Tara Lyn!

Rachel Armstrong and Michael Fricano II

One of my most "OMG" moments of the conference was running into the the founder and CEO of, Hadi Partovi by the Google for Education booth! He was passing by to check out Google's newest coding venture, Project Bloks.

I recorded a video of a demonstration of Project Bloks.

If you weren't able to attend ISTE, check out all of the notes and resources our HSTE members gathered while they were there. We have all in a viewable Google Drive folder.

I've also collected all of my photos and videos in a viewable photo album here as well HSTE @ ISTE 2016 Photo Album.

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