Prepping for ASTE: What’s on Your Playlist?

Is everyone registered for ASTE yet?  I certainly hope so, because I can safely say you’re not going to want to miss this year (to be fair I could say that every year and be sincere, but work with me here~).  There’s something for everyone on the line-up, and I can’t even wait to get to experience it with everyone in February 2018! (SO CLOSE)!


Take a few minutes and check out the Agenda to see EVERYTHING we have in store for you and start building your personal playlist!  You’ll also want to download the Bizzabo app for your phone or tablet, and connect with ASTE 2018. ( just visit the App Store or Google Play )


If you haven’t registered yet – perhaps because you’re unsure if it’s right for you, or you’re not sure how to concisely present what ASTE’s all about to your administrators – please allow me to lay down some tracks for you.


Keynote and Featured Speakers that will rock your socks off

As an attendee of many conferences for the past decade, I can say that when it comes to Keynote Speakers ASTE has consistently knocked it out of the park.  I have always left feeling invigorated and brimming with hope and possibilities, and the lineup we have this year is PHENOMENAL.


Gwyneth Jones (The Daring Librarian), Mawi Asgedom (president of Mawi Learning), Jethro Jones (Digital Principal of the Year), and Eric Sheninger (International Center for Leadership in Education) will energize and inspire as they captivate the entire ballroom at the start or end of the day.  Click on their names to get more information on what they bring to the table, and check out the workshops or panels they’ll be putting on.


Speaking of workshops and panels, ASTE is bringing forth a whole array of topics for every kind of educator.  Mac or PC, primary or secondary, whether you’re saturated in technology or just starting to get acquainted, you’ll have plenty of amazing panels to attend every day of the conference.  Featured guest Christine Pinto will be running two 3 hour sessions on Google Apps for littles (PK-2nd grade), and Natalie Priester is all set to share her expertise on flexible and blended classrooms for upper grades.  And if ever you want to be party to an absolute wealth of knowledge, find Frederick Lane at any of his sessions covering cyber traps and digital citizenship.  


And really, this is just a taste of what’s waiting for us come February.  Improving your Google game, building digital portfolios, coding in the classroom, a look into LMS’s like PowerSchool and Canvas, and literally so much more I can’t list them all here (but check out the agenda for any further queries!).  


Join in for iDidaNight and view some of the finest digital products made by students from across the whole state while eating a delicious dinner and periodically checking your tickets to see if you’re a lucky winner of one of the prizes raffled throughout the night.  It’s a real highlight of the conference and a great way to help recognize and appreciate the talent and dedication of our students and teachers all over Alaska.

And don’t forget to make some time to go through the exhibit hall, a great chance to check out some products you’ve been curious about, and learn about others you might have never known existed!  

ASTE 2018 is almost here folks… This is something that you will want on your PD Playlist for the year!