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By Tatum Travers • June 22, 2017

ISTE 2017 Preview: What to Expect from This Year’s Conference

ISTE is just a few days away, and the team at eSpark Learning is about to head to San Antonio to learn from the nation’s most innovative and dedicated educators. As we countdown to ISTE 2017, here’s a few things we’re excited to see, do, and learn about during the conference.

1. Jennie Magiera Keynote Address

As a White House Champion for Change and the former Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines Public Schools, Jennie Magiera has made it her life’s work to help educators use purposeful technology to meet the needs of every learner. Courageous Edventures, Jennie’s guide to taking risks in the classroom, is a must-read for anyone committed to engaging, equitable instruction. Jennie recently shared some advice on classroom innovation, encouraging districts to “create a culture that embraces risk-taking and failing forward by celebrating risks being taken and reflect this celebration in the way you measure success.” Her keynote address is sure to get ISTE attendees thinking outside the box as they work to provide better outcomes and opportunities for students nationwide.

2. Writing in the Digital Age

Only 24% of 8th graders are proficient writers, a statistic that’s spurred many districts to explore new strategies for teaching opinion, informational, and narrative writing. Contextualizing learning in the world outside the classroom was a major theme during last year’s conference, and this year’s attendees will be ready to bring more rigor to the authentic learning experiences provided by their district. Over 20 of ISTE’s many workshop and lectures promise to support educators in building thoughtful, confident writers through multimedia texts and digital tools like Google’s G Suite for Education and Frontier.

3. Sharing Some Good News

The secret’s almost out… We have an announcement about Frontier that we can’t wait to share! Powered by eSpark Learning, Frontier features inquiry-based writing and reading lessons that help every teacher bring creativity and critical thinking to writing instruction. Want to be the first to know what’s new? We’re spending the conference with Google at booth 1718. Stop by to demo Frontier and learn what has us so excited.

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