As mention in previous posts, I recently spent four days running around a convention center in Virginia Beach helping to make the annual conference of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education happen.
After four days of running around the conference,1 I only have the mental space for a few quick thoughts.
A few more random thoughts on the merger of ISTE and ASCD. Actually, more questions than actual thoughts.
The plan to combine the two professional organizations was announced in September and consummated a couple of weeks ago following votes by both boards and the membership of ASCD. I guess ISTE’s bylaws didn’t require getting permission from our side.
At the end of next month, ISTE will hold its first live conference in three years.
In late June of normal times, the organization could expect to pack at least 15,000 people into a big-city convention center for the largest edtech conference and expo (with more and more emphasis on “expo”) in the US.1
Last summer I posted some rambling thoughts in this space on the future of in-person edtech conferences.
Asking questions like: after nearly two years of remote professional development activities, will educators want to return to face-to-face meetings involving hundreds of participants in a confined space? Will they and their schools want to spend the money to make it happen?