5 Must-See Ed Tech ISTE Sessions


It’s June, and for thousands of educators that means the end of school, but it also signals another year of ISTE! This year’s ISTE conference will be held in Chicago, IL, from June 24 through the 27.

Will you be there?

If you’re not attending this year you can still follow along with the event hashtag, #ISTE18.

If you are going, you may know there will be over 1,200 sessions to choose from. To help narrow down the list, we pulled together our five must-see sessions at ISTE, along with a few other important items to add to your ISTE agenda.

Calling all Educational Leaders - Meet Your New ISTE Standards

Sunday, June 24 | 9 –11 a.m.

The ISTE standards are updated every year to provide a new roadmap for innovation in education. This session covers the newest standards; definitely a must-see!

Session description:

A complex and rapidly-changing digital age requires new vision and skills in education leadership. The new ISTE Standards provide a framework for learning, teaching, and leading that support the capabilities of today's dynamic, future-focused leaders. Learn how the Standards can enhance your system and learning with technology.

Managing a 1:1 Campus as a Principal or Instructional Leader

Monday, June 25 | 9 –10 a.m.

Going 1:1 is truly a team effort and is more likely to be successful with educators in each individual school managing the program. This blog post covers the six key steps to successfully deploying devices in the classroom.

Session description: 

Learn simple, yet powerful techniques, ideas and applications that principals and technology professionals can utilize in developing initial 1:1 programs as well as with device refreshment procedures and practices. See how (after being 1:1 for 10 years) we select devices, train teachers, students, and parents, and integrate technology.

Why Digital Equity Matters!

Monday, June 25 | 10-11 a.m.

If you are familiar with Kajeet, you know our focus is closing the Homework Gap to ensure all students have equal access.

Session description:

As we reimagine and further define digital equity, there's an increasing need for professional learning opportunities. We'll facilitate a dialogue about the multiple dimensions of digital equity with the goal of determining actionable steps for K-12 campuses.

Top 10 Tech Trends in K-12 Today [Interactive Lecture]

Tuesday, June 26 | 4:45–5:45 p.m.

Trends may come and go, something that was trending in 2016 may not be trending today. This session focuses on the latest trends and priorities for district leaders in 2018.

Session description: 

This session will invite participants to react and respond to the results of the Center for Digital Education's digital district survey. Participants will be invited to review the results in a shared document and provide their insight into the ranking and order of the results.

Providing Digital Equity Through the Power of Community Collaboration 

Wednesday, June 27 | 10-11 a.m.

Closing the Homework Gap and ensuring all students have equal access requires many people to take action. A great resource to look over before this session is the Kajeet eBook on Closing the Homework Gap.

Session description:

Digital equity is too big of an issue for school leaders to tackle alone. It constitutes a civil right to connect to needed resources - anywhere, anytime. Join and engage with community-based presenters who share how they leverage resources collaboratively to provide creative solutions and narrow the homework gap within communities.

Bonus CTO Forum: Building a Community Conversation on Digital Equity 

Hear from district leaders on how technology can be used to close the Homework Gap, and empower students. Speaking on the panel is Kajeet customer, Diane Doersch with Green Bay Area Public Schools. Check out their story on closing the Homework Gap in Wisconsin.

More to Explore at ISTE 2018

We know 1,200 sessions is a lot to take in, but don’t let that number overwhelm you from everything else ISTE has to offer, including:

  • Lounges: Each lounge is a separate area with it’s own identity, such as growing your personal learning network (PLN) or meeting with bloggers.
  • Playgrounds: This is an interactive space where you get to play with new technology; what could be more fun?
  • Posters: Don’t miss the poster presentations created by both educators and students on a variety of topics, such as this group titled the Digital Equity Network.
  • ISTE Central: Here you can browse ISTE books, meet authors, attend presentations, and more.
  • Expo Hall: Check out the latest ed tech tools and vendors, and make sure to add Kajeet booth #933 to your list! We would love to say hi.

Kajeet at ISTE: New Solution, Updated Dashboard

The Expo Hall will be open June 25 through 27 and you won’t want to miss the Kajeet booth #933! We have an exciting new solution, a refreshed platform, and our famous free T-shirts (yes, actually free).

We are excited to showcase our new partner, Mobile Guardian, and their mobile device management (MDM), designed specifically for education. It combines the features that educators need: device management, content and CIPA-compliant web filtering, and classroom content management.

Additionally, the Mobile Guardian MDM is compatible with multiple operating systems, including: iOS, Android, Chromebook, and MacOS.

The excitement doesn’t stop there for Kajeet.

Kajeet Sentinel®, our innovative cloud platform, has been refreshed for a more modern and user-friendly experience. Whether you are a current Kajeet customer (and Sentinel user) or interested in learning how to close the Homework Gap, you will want to see this sneak peek of our updated dashboard.

We can’t wait to see you at ISTE this June. What sessions are on your must-see list?

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