Kidblog’s complete guide to ISTE19

<!– Kidblog’s complete guide to ISTE19


Many Kidblog teachers are getting excited to attend (or present at) the ISTE19 conference hosted in Philadelphia. The ISTE conference is a place where learning and teaching transformations occur. The brightest minds in edtech come together to make connections and continue to network all year long.

The entire ISTE schedule includes over 1,000 sessions and expositions, which can easily get overwhelming. We’ve pulled out some of the sessions that are not to be missed. The below presentations cover relevant writing and publishing topics such as digital citizenship, promoting student’s voice, digital portfolios, and more.

And between sessions, be sure to take in the historical city of Philadelphia. Kidblog team members collected recommendations from friends and family in Philadelphia and generated a list of things to do and places to eat – just for you!


Sessions to attend

*Sessions presented by Kidblog users. Speakers at these sessions will be giving away Kidblog swag, including free lesson plans and a Teacher Premium membership discount code.

Saturday, June 22nd

8:30–11:30 am: Explore and create, Workshop: Educational Podcasting Workshop with Jeff Bradbury


Sunday, June 23rd

8:30–9:30 am: Explore and create, BYOD: Amp it up: Empower Student Engagement with Jackie Heinzelmann and Megan Janes

*8:30–10:30 am: Engage and connect: The Great GLOBAL Scavenger Hunt with Amanda Lanicek and Tara Linney

9:00–10:00 am: Panel: Explore a free world of personalized professional learning

9:00–10:00 am: Interactive lecture: Listen to This! Tech Tools for Listening/Speaking with Katherine Goyette

*9:00–10:00 am: Lecture: Leading From the Library in the Digital Age with Shannon Miller

10:00–11:00 am: Interactive lecture: Voice, Choice & Multiple Learning Pathways: Professional Learning for the Modern Educator with Amanda Matarese and Dr. Michael Reichert

*10:30–11:30 am: Interactive lecture: The Fake News Challenge: an Interactive Digital Literacy Game with Todd Flory 

10:30–11:30 am: Lecture: 20% Time / Genius Hour – Tech Tools for Project-Based Learning with Sean Crevier

*7:00–8:30 pm: Poster: Create Excited Student Authors With Global Blogging Challenges with Tina Schmidt


Monday, June 24

8:30–9:30 am: Lecture: Opening the Classroom Window, One #tweetcher at a Time with Chad Oliver and Dr. Kamela Patton

9:00–10:30 am: Explore and create, BYOD: Power to the Student Publishers with Dr. Casey CohenRichard ColosiJessica Herring, and Dr. Janel McCormick

*1:30–2:30 pm: Snapshot: Go Rogue: Creating Chaos to Re-energize Your Classroom! with Rachelle Dene Poth

*2:00–4:00 pm: Poster session: Blogging in the Language Arts Classroom with Melissa Eddington

*3:00–4:00 pm: Lecture: Personalized Learning: Giving Students Voice and Choice in Assessments with Todd Flory

*4:00–5:00 pm: Interactive lecture: 6 Mobile Resources That You’ll Want to Use in Your Classroom Now! with Rachelle Dene Poth


Tuesday, June 25

10:00 am–12:00 pm: Poster session: Classroom Exchanges: Online Discussions Between Students with Sarah Harris

10:00 am–12:00 pm: Poster session: Spark Empathy and World Change Via Global Collaboration with Michael Soskil and Dyane Smokorowski

10:00 am–12:00 pm: Poster session: Students Own Their Learning! with Donna Albertson

10:15–11:15 am: Interactive lecture: The Secret to Successful Global Collaboration in Teacher Education with Dr. Leigh Zeitz

10:15–11:15 am: Interactive lecture: Tips for Creating Digitally Healthy Students with James (Joe) Rommel

11:45 am–12:45 pm: Snapshot: Beyond Digital Citizenship: Teaching Technology Ethics for a Better Future with Michelle Ciccone

12:45–1:15 pm: Interactive lecture: What does it mean to empower learners? with Dr. Jody Britten

1:00–3:00 pm: Poster session: Discover the Authentic Author You Can Be with Claudia Chavarria and Elizabeth Pinzon

1:15–2:15 pm: Interactive lecture: Authentic Connections through Technology with Mandy Manning

1:15–2:15 pm: Explore and create, BYOD: Flip, Tweet and Share: Fostering Authentic Social Learning with Jessica HerringAnn KozmaDr. Michael Mills

2:45–3:45 pm: Interactive lecture: Best Tools for Global Collaboration with Amy Jambor and Anne Mirtschin

*3:15–4:15 pm: Interactive lecture: Future Ready Librarians Lead With Literacy with Shannon Miller


Wednesday, June 26

8:00–10:00 am: Poster session: Service Learning in the Global Classroom with Todd Flory

8:30–9:30 am: Interactive lecture: Picture this! Kids applying Digital Citizenship in the Real World with Nadine Gilkison

9:00 am–1:00 pm: Playground: Teacher Education Playground: Preparing for the Future of Learning with Rachelle Poth

9:00–10:00 am: Explore and create: Empowering Student Voice Through Podcasting with Monica Brady-Myerov and  Liana Holmberg

9:00–10:30 am: Explore and create : BYODex: Digital Portfolios: Creating a Positive Digital Footprint Beyond Social Media with Missy King and Ashley Strode  

10:00–11:00 am: Explore and create: Transforming Writing by Elevating Student Voice With Video with Scott Padway

11:00 am–1:00 pm: Poster session: Meaningful Asynchronous Feedback in Language Arts with V Anderson and Stacey King

11:00 am–1:00 pm: Poster session: Student-Generated Digital Portfolios With Google Sites with Nicole Ellis

11:30 am–12:30 pm: Panel: Effective Edtech Partnerships with  Sean Arnold,  Laurie GuyonKyle LiaoJeff LisciandrelloBlair MishleauAudrey O’ClairJennifer SaarinenJoseph SanfilippoClay Smith

12:00–1:00 pm: Interactive lecture: Amplify Student (& Teacher) Voice: Tech Tools to Strengthen Student (& Teacher) Communication with Evan Posier

1:00–2:00 pm: Lecture: Beyond Student Voice  with Jacqueline Rose

1:00–2:00 pm: Lecture: 5 Common Misconceptions of Introverted Learners (and How Technology Can Help) with Dr. Ashley Overton and Megan Tolin

1:30–2:30 pm: Listen and learn, Snapshot: How Every Class Should Use Social Media with Nate Green


People to follow


Leslie FisherLeslie Fisher is an Internationally recognized presenter specializing in current and emerging solutions, technologies and trends in K-12 education. 2019 will mark Leslie’s 22nd year educating hundreds of thousands of educators every year. Leslie considers it an honor to have worked with educators for so long. Visit Leslie’s website or follow her on Twitter @lesliefisher.

Todd FloryTodd is a 4th grade teacher at Wheatland Elementary School in Andover, Kansas. Todd is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Buncee Ambassador, Sway Champion, Microsoft Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator, and in 2016, was named a PBS Digital Innovator and the lead for the state of Kansas. As an educator, Todd focuses on providing global collaboration and real-life, passion-based learning experiences for his students. Visit Todd’s classroom blog or follow him on Twitter @Todd_Flory.

Rachelle Dene Poth: Rachelle is a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA, the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, the President-Elect and Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT Historian. She was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT (the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications in Technology, the PA affiliate of ISTE) and by the NSBA as one of the “20 to watch” educators. Follow Rachelle on Twitter @rdene915.

Nancye Blair BlackNancye is an award-winning educator, speaker, author, and consultant who promotes progressive technology-enriched educational pedagogy and dignity-driven instructional practices that empower students to succeed. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered her recognition as an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Emerging Leader, PBS Teachers Innovation Award-winner, and featured educator in magazines, books, radio and television. Visit Nancye’s blog Engaging Education or follow her on Twitter @NancyeBlackEdu.

Shannon Miller: Shannon is the K-12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She is also the Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson working with librarians, educators and students around the world every day as an international speaker, consultant and author. Visit Shannon’s blog The Library Voice or follow her on Twitter @shannonmmiller.



Flipgrid: Booth 2346: Flipgrid a video discussion platform for PreK to PhD students around the world. Related sessions:

Buncee: Booth 947: Buncee is used in classrooms to help students visualize and voice their thoughts and ideas, as well as to document their mastery of learning standards. Related session:

InsertLearning: With the mission to help teachers turn the Internet into an interactive learning experience, the InsertLearning extension allows you to insert instructional content on any web page. Related session:

Clever: Booth 2838: Clever is the single platform for all digital learning programs.

ClassLink: Booth 1151: ClassLink with OneRoster™ easily delivers class rosters to any publisher using open standards.

Schoology: Booth 2544: Schoology is putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience with an easy-to-use LMS that connects the people, content, and systems that fuel education. Related sessions:

Google, Inc: Booth 2200: Google for Education is a solution built for learning and designed for the classroom.

Microsoft Corporation: Booths 2700, 2714, 2900: Microsoft’s mission is to empower students to create the world of tomorrow.


Places to go


The Liberty Bell CenterHome of the internationally known symbol of freedom

Independence HallBirthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Independence National Historical Hall“America’s Most Historic Square Mile”

Museum of the American RevolutionAn expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

National Constitution CenterThe world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

Franklin SquareCarousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more!

The African American Museum in PhiladelphiaCelebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture

The Betsy Ross House and Once Upon a Nation BenchesLiving history in the Historic District



El vez: “Unexpected interpretations of Mexican classics join traditional cooking on the expansive menu, complemented by a bar that boasts one of the biggest tequila selections — and the best margaritas — in the city.”

Reading market: “One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the Market offers an incredible selection of locally grown & exotic produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, and confections.”

Oloroso: “Kissed by the fire of our wood burning oven and hearth, our fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables and traditional Chuleton for two will transport you to the Iberian peninsula!”

South Philly Barbacoa: Named one of the three best tacos in the country by Bon Appetit and placed on their list of the 10 best new restaurants in America. The James Beard Foundation named the couple semifinalists for its best chef in the mid-Atlantic award. David Chang visited the restaurant for his Netflix show Ugly Delicious.

Will BYOB: “Chef and Owner Christopher Kearse, and his team, prepare a menu focused on around the season, respecting French traditions along with classic and modern techniques to build a dining experience that evokes excitement and emotion.” Will is BYOB, so be sure to stop at the Fine Wine & Spirits shop located at 1237 South Eleventh Street.

The Bourse Food Hall: “The historic building turned dining destination showcases both local and out-of-town purveyors of a variety of cuisines. In addition to food and drink, visitors can buy gourmet groceries and gifts — like artisanal cheese and charcuterie, fresh flowers, exotic spices and more — at the attraction.”

Pat’s vs. Geno’s cheesesteaks: Located across the street from one another, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks  both have devout followers who passionately debate which one is the best Philly cheese steak shop. Try them both and decide for yourself! 


And finally…don’t forget to use code KBISTE19 for 19% off your Teacher Premium annual membership (12 months of Kidblog for $45.36)!

Leave a Reply