Back in May representatives from itslearning were visiting Millis, checking out all the different ways we use their LMS (learning management system) in our school. They happened upon my Art, Design and New Media class just as the students were just beginning to explore Photoshop. A closer look, however, revealed that all of the student were also logged into itslearning - where they were following along with tutorials and podcasts, referring to specifications for assignments, participating in online discussions and adding to their eportfolios! Fast forward a few weeks and I was invited by itslearning to present in their booth at ISTE.
Basically all of the content for Art, Design and New Media is available via itslearning - it's truly a blended class. For my presentation at ISTE I decided to focus on how I use the eportfolio component to differentiate and personalize learning. I presented on three separate occasions in the open theatre area at the rear of the itslearning booth. ISTE attendees are mostly administrators, tech directors and educators and I had a good mix of each attend my sessions. Certainly, I am not an itslearning expert but what I could offer was one way this robust lms works for me. In the end, I think that is exactly what some folks wanted to see. Here's my presentation if you want to check it out:
The booth set up was open on both sides and attendees were invited to grab a comfy cushioned seat or just observe from the side.
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I had lots of free time to explore - there was even an ISTE2015 app for the schedule of sessions, presenters and exhibitors and honestly, it was overwhelming due to the sheer number of exhibits and the sprawling layout of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Highlights: the time I spent in the "Playground" (google cardboard was super cool); attending a "how-to" talk on Media Festivals and the google exhibit - as they ran informative, informal classes every 30 minutes or so.
I appreciate itslearning affording me the opportunity to experience ISTE and share my passion for art and technology! In the end I learned so much and look forward to spending time reflecting on exactly how all of this is going to filter down to my classroom and students. Because for me, that's really what it's all about :)