It's ISTE '14, people, and I'm stoked. It's like an amusement park for people like me. I dive into a crowd of 50,000+ people who have interests similar to mine, get to meet people with whom I've only ever conversed online, and get to soak in the plethora of tools, sites, tricks, and tips that make my world go 'round.
Summer time, for me, is a time to relax and renew, but also a time to reflect on this past year and set new goals for the next. Like preparing for a marathon, it takes months of training and pushing yourself past your previous limits to be able to do something new and extraordinary. Along the way, you may stumble, but you'll also get gloriously refreshing splashes of encouragement from friends, colleagues, Twitter peeps, and others along the way. The time to build your PLN is now!
So, here's what I'm encouraging you to do. Whether you are an old hat at this or brand new, I encourage you to follow #ISTE2014 on Twitter. The fun has already begun, but formal conference material will begin to show up on Friday, June 27. If you don't get the whole hashtag hoopla (trust me, it was weird to all of us at one time), watch this short clip. There are a number of reasons for following a conference on Twitter. First, you're guaranteed to find GREAT content. Second, it's free and you can sit and eat Cheetos and Coke while networking. Third, you will meet people that will make you better. In order to do this though, I do recommend a couple of sites that can assist you in your Twitter conferencing. There are several out there, but in the interest of time and the desire not to overwhelm, here are my favorites.
1. Tweetdeck- This gem allows you to see multiple feeds at one time. So, you can see your regular feed in one column, #ISTE2014 in another column, your direct messages in another, and so on. Hootsuite is another option for this. Available via the web or as an app/download, it's a great way to access a lot of content in a neat and tidy package.
|Once you've downloaded the app, you sign in with your Twitter account credentials. Voila!|
|Step by step directions on the site walk you through exactly what you need!|