Alright, I confess. This is actually the second blog post I’ve written since I got home from ISTE 2011 — the first one appeared last Friday on The Entrepreneur’s Bible. Yes, I am getting a lot mileage out of this, but that’s the way you have to do it. This time around, though, I am going to focus more specifically on the ISTE experience rather than the general conference experience.
I will start off by saying that our EdTech Karaoke Tweetup was a smashing success. If you are interested in seeing any of the pictures and videos taken at the event, I suggest you visit the Facebook fan page. They should be slowly appearing anytime now that the holiday weekend is over.
I heard that Google threw a party the night before we did that had about 200 or so people in attendance. Word is that it was a private affair, but technically so was ours. And we definitely had more than 200 people there — I would say between 300 and 400 at the peak from 9 to 11 pm. The karaoke (provided by Joey McCann), was of course a huge hit, with people dancing on tables to sometimes off-key hit music. Hopefully we’ll see some good videos surface from that. There’s one already…
The photo booth was a quite successful as well. And by “quite successful” I mean that there are 528 pictures of people having a grand old time at our tweetup on the A+ Entertainment Website. If you want to get in to see the photos, just find EdTech Karaoke @ ISTE 2011 in the list of Event Photos. The password is “dicon.” And don’t worry, I checked them all and the most NSFW thing you’ll see is a couple alcoholic beverages and a rubber chicken.
But there was more going on at EdTech Karaoke than pure debauchery. There was a lot of quality networking to be done, and it seemed like the attendees knew it. A lot of business cards got exchanged, and I caught snippets of a lot of education-related discussions going on as I made my way around the restaurant. Tweetups in general are a great way to meet up with the most passionate individuals at a conference, and this was no exception. In fact, this was probably the tweetup of ISTE.
I’m not going to lie. The team is already looking forward to throwing another big bash at ISTE 2012. There is talk or renting buses, boats, and even jets — although realistically we’ll just rent out another restaurant or bar and pack it with educators singing their hearts out, like we did this year. Stick with what works, right?
In closing, I’d like to thank our co-hosts: Collaborize Classroom, Edutopia, SymbalooEDU, and SchoolTube. I had a chance to learn more about each one of these organizations at ISTE, and I have to say that I recommend checking into each and every one. See what they can do for you.