ISTE20 Changed to an Online Event

Every year for four decades, the ISTE conference has brought together a passionate community of teachers, education leaders, tech providers and researchers from around the world. By building on our tradition of “learning first, technology second” and sharing innovative practice to enhance learning, the ISTE Conference has become the premiere event for changemakers and innovators in education. 

That’s why when the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to meet in our normal time at the end of June, we were grateful to be able to reschedule the event for this November. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has not been contained and it has become clear that it would not be safe to bring our community together face-to-face in 2020. 

At the same time, we have heard from so many of you that this may be the most important year ever to hold the ISTE conference. Fortunately, for the last several months we’ve had a team planning for the potential scenario that a face-to-face conference might not be possible. So today we’re excited to announce that ISTE20 will be held entirely virtually from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5, 2020. 

What we have planned will be anything but your typical online conference. We’re developing a custom platform just to build in the types of interactivity we feel are so important for our ISTE community. You can expect an immersive experience with seven (shorter) days of amazing learning opportunities led by outstanding educators on relevant topics like creating equity and community in blended and online environments, teaching creative project-based learning, and offering meaningful feedback and assessment in remote settings. 

You can expect opportunities to easily connect with educators, presenters and exhibitors in chats, meetups and virtual hallway conversations, as well as hands-on tool demos and peer-to-peer collaborations. 

You can expect a variety of formats, a flexible schedule, and hundreds of learning opportunities, with ongoing access to session videos and content for six months after the event. Attendees will experience interactive sessions, powerful stories of inspiration, thought leadership, and just-in-time strategies to address the challenges of the moment. 

We agree that this is the most important year to ever hold the ISTE conference, and we’re going to push the limits on what online collaboration can be. Later today, we’ll be reaching out with a follow up message with options for participation, refunds and any hotel reservations you may have made. We hope you’ll join with us for our most transformational ISTE event ever!

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