ISTE Conference & Expo 2019: What You Need to Know

iste-2019-mdr-exhibitor-loungeQuite a few of us at MDR will be among the 16,000-plus educators and edtech marketers expected to descend upon Philadelphia at the end of next month for this year’s International Society for Technology in Education ( opens in a new windowISTE) Conference & Expo. An astounding 1,400 sessions are on this year’s conference agenda, all geared to educators committed to transforming teaching and learning with education technology.

As conference organizers release more information about ISTE 2019, we will share that with you. These are some of the kinds of questions we have been receiving:

“I’m new to edtech. What is ISTE?”

ISTE is a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of technology from PreK through college to solve tough educational problems and inspire innovation. Global in focus, ISTE’s members share and learn from each other. ISTE believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

“When and where will ISTE be held this year?”

The conference and expo will take place from June 23-26 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 1101 Arch Street in Philadelphia. And for those of you who live too far from Philly and/or like to plan ahead: The ISTE 2020 conference will be held in Anaheim, California, and in San Antonio, Texas, in 2021.

 “Can you give me an overview of the benefits of attending or exhibiting at the ISTE Conference & Expo?”

Educators come together to attend sessions, visit exhibit booths, and learn with fellow peers from across the country. Teachers hope to uncover new learning strategies and stay ahead of trends. It’s a great opportunity for educators to connect with the brightest minds in education technology and learn from leading keynote speakers and education thought-leaders. Attendees use the agenda to personalize their learning by creating a professional development path focused on what’s important to them. The conference and expo are chock-full of interactive and inspirational professional learning opportunities on everything from maker spaces to virtual reality to social emotional learning and student-centered learning.

This year, as usual, there will be keynote speakers, sessions, and an expo.

  • Three general sessions and a number of keynote speakers
  • A choice of more than 1,000  opens in a new windowsessions in a variety of formats, including lectures, BYODs, and hands-on learning environments.
  • Access to an  opens in a new windowExpo Hall featuring the latest edtech products and services from more than 500 companies

“Who is most likely to attend?

Most attendees will be administrators, technology coordinators, curriculum directors, library media specialists, and other decision-makers for edtech purchases. Classroom teachers in all subject areas also attend ISTE, particularly those who are teaching STEM topics. In a recent MDR survey, Teachers Talk Technology, educators report that, more than ever, they can’t live without emerging technology in their classrooms. And teachers are often key influencers in technology purchases in school districts.

 “What kinds of companies are sponsors and exhibitors?”

Major sponsors this year include companies like Microsoft, Google for Education, Cisco, and CDW-G. Their partnerships bring innovative learning opportunities to the event while also helping to keep registration costs affordable. Everyone from hardware to curriculum to furniture companies are exhibitors.

As the Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor, MDR is excited to share early access to these exclusive offerings for ISTE exhibitors:

“Who are some of the keynote presenters?”

ISTE has most definitely lined up an interesting mix of presenters for the Philadelphia conference, including:

  • Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Animation’s Director of Photography for Lighting. Feinberg has worked on 13 of Pixar`s films, including “Wall-E,” “Brave” and “Coco.”She also works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue coding, math and science.
  • Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy. Walsh advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. His bestselling books include “The Algorithmic Leader,” “Futuretainment” and “The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas.” He interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, “Between Worlds.”
  • Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera. Rivera also serves as the president of the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). During his career, he has served as superintendent, a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
  • Michael Bonner, a teacher at the Ron Clark Academy. Bonner appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and is the author of “Get Up or Give Up & Embrace It.” There will be a book signing with Michael Bonner preceding his keynote in ISTE Central.
  • Sarah Jagels, a 2019 high school graduate. After being diagnosed with anxiety disorder at 13, Jagels decided to teach others about the stress-reducing techniques that helped her succeed.
  • Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. Manning works at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, teaching English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students. In her classroom, Manning uses experiential projects like mapmaking to help students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community.

Will you be attending ISTE this year? We’d love to connect with you! Come visit MDR in the exhibitor lounge. Don’t miss celebrating our opens in a new window50th anniversary activities!

Do you have any additional questions about the ISTE conference, or reaching edtech buyers more effectively? Feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to us at MDRinfo@dnb.comcreate new email.