Although the past five days were very busy, now comes the hard work of unpacking.

Everyone has their own style but when I attend a conference, especially one as large and hectic as ISTE, I spend my time on the sights, sounds, and conversations, on collecting as many experiences as possible. There isn’t room for much reflection and making context.

That part starts the day after and continues for weeks or sometimes months as I sift through the fifteen or so pages (thank you Evernote!!) of session notes, ideas, URLs, sound clips, names (people, places and things), photos, email addresses, and Twitter handles, plus business cards and other assorted bits of paper.

Every element represents a potential starting point leading to something I can adapt and use in the future. Or more likely, down an interesting, albeit entertaining, rathole.

Either way, my learning continues long after the closing session.